Engineering is Awesome Vol 1
With the skills gap in within the STEM subjects, the Dyne Technology team behind Plasma Treating feel passionate about raising the awareness of engineering and most importantly, how awesome it is.
This will be a regular feature in which we’ll be rounding up three of the months best engineering stories in a bid to help showcase the ever changing, ever innovative and ever intriguing world of engineering. Let’s get stuck in!
The Dawn of Everyday Space Travel?
On August 1st 2016 Virgin Galactic obtained an “Operational License” from the U.S. Federation Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation; This was awarded after a lengthy several year in-depth analysis of the spacecraft, this included running through the vehicles system functionality, safety and flight trajectory.
The rocket powering the mission is comprised of a hybrid rocket motor combining both elements of solid and liquid rockets by utilising solid fuel sources alongside a liquid oxidiser.
With the FAA approved Virgin to experiment with launch and entry and even flying humans into space, this is one engineering story to watch over the coming years.
Ink-Jet Printing May Revolutionise Renewable Energy
Can printing present a renewable energy source for the future? Scientists and Engineers from Alto university have developed a method of producing solar cells through inkjet printing; These highly versatile solar cells can print any sort of image required.
Where’s the market potential? The self-illuminating signage requires no wiring or electricity as the black photovoltaic ink absorbs the energy from the sunlight and converts it into electrical energy. The transparency of each print can be adjusted to maximise energy consumption if required.
However, in reality the ink created by the team of engineers at Aalto University can be used in a standard ink-jet printer; Could the manufacturing of custom solar panels join the same realm of 3D printing? Read more from our source article, image courtesy of the original press release.
Say Hello to the World’s First Car Utilising Graphene Panels
In both a UK and world first, supercar manufacturer BAC has developed a car utilising graphene panels, a man-made material that is over 200 times stronger than steel, without the weight.
The rear wheel arches are crafted out of graphene, something Liverpool based BAC achieved by working in partnership with Dyne Technology’s long standing customer, Haydale Composite Solutions.
Why graphene? Graphene is made of carbon sheets that are only one atom thick yet stronger and lighter than traditionally used carbon fibre. This brings with it added performance yet reduced running and fuel costs as graphene can provide weight savings of around 20%.
A world first definitely makes for interesting reading, find out more on The Manufacturer.