GUEST BLOG: A MATTER OF TIME AND SPACE

ANALYSING MALLARD’S RUN OF 3RD JULY 1938 Guest blog by David Andrews Editor’s note: A few weeks ago the IMechE Library and Archive (@IMechELibrary) tweeted about Nigel Gresley and in doing so mentioned the Mallard’s 126 mph record breaking run in 1938. IMechE Member David Andrew replied to our tweet to share his opinion about the accuracy of the 126 mph measurement. We were intrigued … Continue reading GUEST BLOG: A MATTER OF TIME AND SPACE

RESOURCES GUIDE: ACCESS ENGINEERING

This series of resources guides take a closer look at the databases our members have access to through the IMechE Library. This time we’re exploring Access Engineering – an award-winning engineering reference and teaching platform. Access Engineering provides access to 700 handbooks, as well as materials and properties data, equations, and instructional videos covering every major discipline. Books Access Engineering is part of McGraw-Hill Education, … Continue reading RESOURCES GUIDE: ACCESS ENGINEERING

DESIGN CHALLENGE: ONLINE LIBRARY RESOURCES

The Design Challenge gives first and second year undergraduates a taste of the ‘real world’ of engineering, challenging them to design, create, present and run a device to a strict technical specification.  This year, the Challenge is to design a small-scale device to fire a squash ball attached to a line indoors over various distances. This simulates a Line Launcher – a device used to … Continue reading DESIGN CHALLENGE: ONLINE LIBRARY RESOURCES

APPRENTICE AUTOMATION CHALLENGE: ONLINE LIBRARY RESOURCES

The Apprentice Automation Challenge provides a brilliant opportunity for talented apprentices to compete in an innovative design and manufacturing challenge to improve an everyday home or garden device. The Challenge is open to teams of apprentices from companies, colleges and training providers of engineering and manufacturing technologies. Participants will be asked to submit a report which is to include a design specification, manufacturing instructions, user … Continue reading APPRENTICE AUTOMATION CHALLENGE: ONLINE LIBRARY RESOURCES

OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING: GEORGE STEPHENSON’S WHITEHAVEN JUNCTION RAILWAY PASS

Free train travel….if you are George Stephenson. The pass is one of six similar tokens held within the IMechE’s archive collection. Tokens such as these were presented by a railway company to an individual and entitled the holder to free travel on that company’s rail services. The tokens in our collection were all presented to George Stephenson many by virtue of his involvement with the … Continue reading OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING: GEORGE STEPHENSON’S WHITEHAVEN JUNCTION RAILWAY PASS

RAILWAY CHALLENGE: ONLINE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE RESOURCES

The Railway Challenge, organised by our Railway Division, provides a brilliant opportunity for aspiring teams to compete in a challenging industry-specific competition, showcasing their skills, expertise, knowledge, and business acumen. The Challenge, now in its ninth successive year, continues to bring together teams of university students, as well as apprentices and graduates working in industry across the world to test their business knowledge, design ability and … Continue reading RAILWAY CHALLENGE: ONLINE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE RESOURCES

UAS CHALLENGE: ONLINE LIBRARY RESOURCES

The Unmanned Aircraft Challenge (UAS) was launched in 2014 with the key objectives of developing professional engineers and inspiring the next generation. Teams of undergraduates from all over the world take part, undertaking a full design and build cycle of a UAS with specific mission objectives. This year, the event is taking place virtually, with the virtual awards ceremony taking place on 19th June. Teams … Continue reading UAS CHALLENGE: ONLINE LIBRARY RESOURCES

WIND TURBINE RESOURCES

This month would have seen the Wind Turbine User Group conference take place at One Birdcage Walk – however, due to COVID19 restrictions, the event has been postponed. You can keep up to date with the event here. But in the meantime, our resources will keep you busy! Whether you are involved in the design, manufacture, operation, management or maintenance of wind turbines, our selection … Continue reading WIND TURBINE RESOURCES

COMMEMORATING #VEDAY75: LIBRARY LIFE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of “Victory in Europe” VE Day on 8th May 2020, we have been delving into the IMechE Proceedings to find out what wartime library life was like at the Institution and One Birdcage Walk. You might be surprised to read that both the Institution’s membership and library usage grew considerably between 1939-1945. The 1944 annual report states that: “the growth … Continue reading COMMEMORATING #VEDAY75: LIBRARY LIFE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Model tip wagon made from wood

OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING: BRUNEL’S MODEL TIP WAGON

Normally on display near Reception in One Birdcage Walk is this modest working model of a Great Western Railway (GWR) tip wagon which reputedly was once owned by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Measuring 190 x 270 x 360mm and dating from the 1840s, the model is based on one of the earliest GWR wagon designs which was built and used by the GWR between the late … Continue reading OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING: BRUNEL’S MODEL TIP WAGON