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Overcoming Friction

In this activity, students are introduced to Maglev technology as a way of reducing the friction between the tube and the train in a vacuum tube train. Students are presented with the scenario that in 2025, the UK has been invited to invest £100 billion towards the construction of a vacuum tube train system...

Global Transport: Engineering a Vacuum Tube Train

In this activity, students design and test a model vacuum tube train. They have to decide on how to get a ball to travel through a tube as quickly as possible without the help of gravity. They then look at the forces that would act on a real vacuum tube train.

Using the handout Train forces, students are...

Industrial Design and Testing Designing for Innovation and Safety

This film clip goes to Volvo’s advanced test facility. As safety is the most important element of the Volvo brand, they have invested heavily in what may be the best crash test centre in the world.

They can reconstruct almost any collision that may occur in the real world, even re-creating crashes...

Jheni Osman: Bridges

Einstein’s special theory of relativity helped to design the world’s tallest bridge. The bridge is taller than the Eiffel Tower and can carry 35,000 tonnes. All bridges have to cope with two main forces, tension and compression.

Engineers also had to consider the problem of accuracy when working on such...

Brompton Factory

This short film clip shows the different machines, work areas and production processes in the Brompton Bicycle factory.

Clever Conjuring Using Secret Science and Engineering

Science and engineering represent great opportunities for magic. This book contains some amazing and easy-to-do magic tricks based on secret chemistry, physics, engineering and mathematics. The description of each trick explains the effect, how it works and hints and tips for performing the illusion. The illusions...

Engineer profile- Steven Chan, Project Engineer for Tube Lines

In this film, from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Steven Chan describes his job as an engineer for Tube Lines, a company responsible for the maintenance and upgrade of some of the London Underground lines. Steven explains how they are keeping the underground system cool.

The film shows how...

Engineering Insights- Aerospace Industry

In this film from the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) Stephen Phillips of Bombardier explains how to further your career by researching the Aerospace industry and finding out about companies in the sector. He also describes the breadth and depth of experience that engineers can gain by joining a...

Engineering Insights- Automotive Industry

Automotive engineer Oliver Tomlin works for Mira Ltd, and engineering service provider to the automobile industry. Oliver recounts his journey from engineering student to professional engineering consultant. Now involved in recruiting graduate engineers himself, Oliver highlights some of the qualities that...

Engineering Insights- Process Industries

Chris Tudor works in the Power industry as a Technical Development Manager. Involved in engineering in one way or another since the age of 16, Chris explains how to progress your career through work experience, training schemes and networking with professional engineers through the IMechE. He also describes the...

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