Parsons 5kw turbogenerator set model, c1880

THE DYNAMISM OF CA PARSONS

Charles Algernon Parsons spent a lot of time in his father’s workshop (3rd Earl of Rosse, astronomer) listening to the many scientists who visited and observing his father’s work. He studied maths at Cambridge University. In 1884 he went to work for Clarke, Chapman, and Company, manufacturers of electric dynamos. Realising that a significant amount of energy was being lost between the engine and the dynamo, … Continue reading THE DYNAMISM OF CA PARSONS

WATT’S EIDOGRAPH

Photographs of James Watt ‘s parallel eidographs have been found during the cataloguing and conservation of recently discovered photos at IMechE. These curious objects was designed to copy and create sculpture. Watt developed the machines at his home, Heathfield Hall. The photos were found with letters about the machine, they are freely available online. Watt developed two sculpture-copying machines; one for same size copies and one for … Continue reading WATT’S EIDOGRAPH

Sabre V (Series VII) aero engine, 1946

OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING-Sabre model

The Sabre model can be seen at IMechE, made by the company it is a detailed example of an engine model. D Napier & Son had been working on large aero engines since the end of World War I. The Lion, in modified form, had powered several of the Supermarine Schneider Trophy competitors and several land speed record cars. However, by the late 1920s, work had started on replacements. Two … Continue reading OBJECTS OF ENGINEERING-Sabre model

ENGINEERS ADVENT

From the 1930s the Institution sent an official Christmas card, proceeds went to our Benevolent Fund. Click on the number to reveal that days image from our card collection.             1              2            3            4              5            6             7              8            9           10             … Continue reading ENGINEERS ADVENT

CREATING A DIGITAL ARCHIVE

Creating a virtual archive for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE’s Virtual Archive In conjunction with Townsweb The vast archive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) spans over 150 years in scope and is of National importance. So we were privileged to be selected by the Institution to build a Virtual Archive portal and publish their prestigious holdings online. Above image: Napier Deltic engine, … Continue reading CREATING A DIGITAL ARCHIVE

Sailing chariot

BOOK REVIEW: Mathematical Magick

Laura Beduz, Librarian, reviews a historical book from the Library’s special collections. Mathematical Magick, John Wilkins, 1680 This is one of the earliest books on mechanical engineering housed in the Institution Library. It was published in London in 1680 and was presented to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers by Henry Adams on the 11th Aug 1921. In this work, John Wilkins describes the “mechanical arts”, … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Mathematical Magick

WINTER READING LIST

The IMechE Library have put together a special, seasonal reading list of selected UK and international papers from a variety of engineering industries including the automotive, aerospace, building and chemical industries. Topics include; building insulation, lighting and heating efficiency and studies on snow, de-icing and the effects of weather conditions on the ground and in the air. IMechE Members, you can read these papers by … Continue reading WINTER READING LIST

Lithograph of Ironbridge, the first iron bridge to be constructed, 1779. Christmas 1974.

ENGINEERS ADVENT

From the 1930s the Institution sent an official Christmas card, proceeds went to our Benevolent Fund. Click on the number to reveal that days image from our card collection.             1              2            3            4              5            6             7              8            9           10             … Continue reading ENGINEERS ADVENT

The Institution's Library (also home to the Archive) has changed little on the face of it but in actual fact we do offer modern services such as a virtual library and archive. Drawing by Sydney R Jones. Christmas 1953.

BOOK REVIEW: Internal Combustion Engine Design

This month we have a book review by Institution Member, David Andrews (Member of the IMechE Engineering Heritage Awards Committee). David reviews the highly detailed book, Internal Combustion Engine Design, written by former Ricardo Chief Designer, John Manning. In this review, David highlights the essence of this book, which is the importance of engineering design and engine designers. “Machines are made by machines. Engineers are … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Internal Combustion Engine Design

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

IMAGE LIBRARY ONLINE

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