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Engineering Design and Creativity


Welding Simulation to Optimise the Design and Development of Off Highway Construction Equipment

Understand the levels of accuracy that can be expected in a simulation with a view to establishing the state-of-the art in a commercial environment. Construction equipment is used in highly demanding structural applications across the globe for moving and removing materials from one place to another. The primary load bearing structures of these machines such as chassis’, loader arms and excavator ends are invariably arc-welded steel fabrications. Sheet steel is dominant but significant quantities of box sections and steel castings are also used. The use of arc-welded steel fabrications has proven itself durable in these highly loaded applications over many years and there is considerable qualitative experience in selecting the correct welding parameters. However, the process of designing fixtures, optimising welding parameters and validating them is a highly time-consuming iterative and expensive process. More recently, simulation tools have become available to help Design and Manufacturing Engineers optimise their design at an early stage in the process to reduce cost and time to market. Dr David Panni, JCB Group Structures Manager, outlines the historic processes for proving out fabrications and then provide case studies where up-front weld simulations have been successfully used to optimise weld parameters to reduce distortion and improve weld penetration while reducing the physical testing required.

Tesco engineering energy-efficient stores

Mark Hawker, IMechE Fellow and Head of Engineering Design for Tesco Property Services, discusses the construction and operation of their energy-efficient sustainable concept store. Using new technologies and construction methods, engineers have radically reduced the store's energy consumption and achieved a 43% reduction in its carbon footprint. They are now well on course to reducing their energy consumption by 50% between 2000 and 2010.

Net Zero Hospitals

The UK has committed to a future economy based on lowered carbon targets, reaching a target of 100% total carbon reduction by 2050, i.e. across all carbon production including energy usage in buildings, including hospitals. All buildings including hospitals must therefore become "Net Zero" and even positive contributors toward the current UK carbon targets. This means not only new hospitals – which already have to be net zero to meet Building Regulations and the NHS Encode target in HTM 07 – but also existing hospitals which may currently have very high emissions. This webinar will give an introduction to the implications of these new targets and will go into the research that has gone into appropriate strategies to meet them. It will give an overview of what needs to be done to meet the targets and how to carry this out. Research has shown that massive reductions are possible and that with the appropriate strategies there can be cost benefits which would help to ease the financial pressures on the NHS. This webinar will cover this research and show how by embracing low carbon energy as a resource and a value to the community, hospitals could start to see an income stream from their waste and also improve health in their community, whilst achieving the Net Zero target.


Ask the Industry Forum Trends and Developments in the Aerospace Industry 2020

Excellent Panel discussion with an informed senior panel

Additive Layer Manufacturing and Applications in the Military Equipment Environment

Very clear presentation of current applications


Create Transformative Parts with an EDU nTop License

Have you ever thought about using data to control your geometry? What about light weighting your solid CAD models, or performing topology optimization that is 100% based on engineering principles and your specific parameters? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then you should be using nTop Platform, a unified design environment for creation, simulation, and advanced manufacturing processes. With nTop Platform you can easily design parts with graphs, surface-based or periodic lattices. You can create parts with variable wall thicknesses based on stress values or other data. You can design workflows that not only produce parts but also generate reporting to document your work. You can quickly iterate your design choices while reducing weight, cost, and time savings. This hour-long webinar covers nTop Platform’s: Implicit modelling Field-driven design Reusable (and reconfigurable) workflows EDU license program

Morecambe Bay Tidal Barrage

The lecture focuses on the Morecambe Bay Tidal Project, with an update on progress and discussion of the project's potential and the likelihood of the project becoming a reality. The lecture develops the idea that this concept is not only a power station that does other things, but a multi-functional infrastructure (or environmental management scheme) that delivers in different spheres (social benefits; environmental protection; improved interconnectivity); all supported by power generation. The lecture also covers relevant aspects of Professor Aggidis' research on Tidal Energy at Lancaster University. Speaker: Eur Ing Professor GEORGE AGGIDIS PhD CEng FIMechE Professor and Head of Energy Engineering at Lancaster University Board Member of the IMechE Power Industries Fluid Machinery Group/

Alastair Graham Bryce Memorial Lecture: Product Development Essentials

This online lecture will examine product creation in industry and widen engineers’ awareness of the diverse skills and challenges that exist for Original Equipment Manufacturers when creating new products. Case study examples will be provided and generic concepts will be presented so attendees can relate to their own industries. Basic knowledge, specialist knowledge, and prototyping techniques will be discussed along with how to effectively combine them to create successful products. Dr Martin Cross, Engineering Infrastructure Manager at Niftylift Ltd will also provide insight into the Manufacturing Industries Division’s work on the skills of the future manufacturing engineer and the pursuit of manufacturing excellence.

Enterprise by Design: Innovation in Robotics and Fast Moving Consumer Goods

Engineers are used to the design of products, services, platforms and systems, and have developed both informal and sophisticated approaches to their development. They are also aware of the criticality of addressing business drivers in any activity. This webinar will explore the importance of enterprise design in the development of a business in conjunction with the product, service or system concerned. A series of case studies are leveraged from the Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) programme, run jointly by Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art that has resulted in many spin-outs and is now celebrating its 40th year.

Using Additive Manufacturing To Shape The Future

Find out how easy it can be to get started with Additive Manufacturing (3D printing); both at home and in the workplace. Throughout the webinar, you will learn how to design and print your own basic model and how Additive Manufacturing can be used alongside the traditional manufacturing methods in industry. You will gain knowledge of the principles, benefits and applications of Additive Manufacturing processes and be able to recognise the various approaches to design for Additive Manufacturing.

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