For one month only! IMechE members have full-text access to SAE’s content, comprising of technical papers, standards, ebooks and magazines, covering all aspects of aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle engineering. Log-in using your IMechE account credentials. The free trial will end on 31 October 2016. Please e-mail any feedback or comments about this database to Continue reading TRIAL OF SAE MOBILUS DATABASE

Engineers at War: from home front to battle front


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE staff member was killed in action. EDWARD NEWTON: 27th September IMechE Staff. Wartime posting(s) was/were, Private, London Regiment, Coldstream Guards, 3rd Battalion. Died from wounds, France. Institution First World War Honour Roll Members log in to Ancestry, via our Virtual Library, to access membership records for free. Archives, Institution of Mechanical Engineering Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Christian Friedrich Lautenschlager in a Mercedes in the 1914 French Grand Prix


Planes, trains and automobiles: mechanical engineering archives now online Over 1900 images from the archives and historic book collection of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) are now available online via VADS. From pictures of experimental cars, aeroplanes, engine designs, engineers portraits, railway locomotives and much more. Highlights include works of art of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, images of Napier engines, design drawings of … Continue reading IMAGE LIBRARY ONLINE

British tank factory, 1917


“It was a weapon designed for one simple task: crossing the killing zone between trench lines and breaking into enemy defenses [sic].” (1) Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first tanks used in combat during World War One The Mark I British ‘landship’ was introduced at the battle of Flers-Courcelette ten weeks into The Somme  Organized in secret, the plan went awry when the … Continue reading 100 YEARS OF THE TANK

Stephens' membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. HUGH GORDON STEPHENS: 12th September Graduate Member since 1914. At the outbreak of war he was a Pupil, North Staffordshire Railway. Wartime posting(s) was/were, Private, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action at Ypres. 1917 Obituary Private HUGH GORDON STEPHENS, 16th Middlesex Regiment, was born in Madras on 8th May 1894. His scholastic education … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Howarth's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. JOHN HOWARTH: 10th September Graduate Member since 1909; Associate Member 1914. At the outbreak of war he was an Engineering Assistant, James Diggle & Sons. Wartime posting(s) was/were, 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Engineers,  1st West Riding Field Company. Died of wounds. 1916 Obituary  Sec. Lieut. JOHN HOWARTH, Royal Engineers, was born at Rochdale … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Queen Mary under construction


80 years since the Queen Mary’s maiden voyage: documenting the construction and launching the RMS Queen Mary It’s 80 years since the maiden voyage of Cunard’s flagship liner, the Queen Mary, which held the transatlantic speed record from the 1930s to the 1950s. The IMechE library team has been cataloguing printed manuscripts ranging from the 19th to the 21st century,  and one of these is … Continue reading QUEEN MARY

Vyal's membership form


On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action. LIONEL EGERTON VYAL: 3rd September Graduate Member since 1911. At the outbreak of war he was a Pupil, Rhymey Railway Co. Wartime posting(s) was/were, Corporal, Canadian Army, 2nd Canadian Division Signal Company. Died in a motor cycle accident, France. 1917 Obituary  Corporal LIONEL EGERTON VYALL, Canadian Division, was born at Chawant, Punjab, … Continue reading ON THIS DAY

Prosthetic Arm


Our Engineering history timeline needs you! Covering c6000 BD-2014 AD we highlight key moments of invention and leaps forward in engineering. Now, we want you to tell us what key inventions we have missed. All we need is the date of the invention etc and some brief details. Engineering has been an integral factor throughout history and a crucial instrument of change and development, from the … Continue reading ENGINEERING TIMELINE

Flying testbed B2 Canberra WK163 fitted with a NSc D1-2 Double Scorpion rechargeable booster rocket


Record-breaking English Electric Canberra to be returned to flight The team that returned Vulcan XH558 to flight is to return another iconic all-British jet to the airshow circuit, guest post from  One of Britain’s most important jet-age aircraft is to be returned to flight. English Electric Canberra WK163 spent most of her life playing a central role in the development of advanced propulsion technologies … Continue reading CANBERRA TO FLY AGAIN