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Solar Impulse flies into a greener future

There are few genuine visionaries in the engineering world that are really striving to change the world. Ask most people and Elon Musk probably features pretty high up the list developing driverless ...


Valves provide vital link

As cycling continues to gain popularity, cyclists are demanding more from their bikes. Every component comes under scrutiny when looking to engineer a better bike – and the chain is no different.


Built for battle - Robot Wars' revamped House Robots

The return of Robot Wars to our screens this summer had completely re-engineered house robots, which were needed to keep up with the competition. Justin Cunningham finds out how the technology has ...


Laid back approach to aerodynamic drive

Designing a sports car starts with making it look good. Or does it? Elemental started with aerodynamics and it resulted in a fundamental shift in the driving position. Tim Fryer reports


Cracking carbon fibre

Far Composites and Axon Automotive have been collaborating on a low cost, low waste carbon fibre beam technology, called Axontex. Tom Austin-Morgan went to the recent Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event ...


Clean image for dirty diesel

Diesel engines have got a bad press in recent years, but there is a lot of work going on to make sure that strict environmental legislation is being met.


Metal manipulation

As aluminium becomes the lightweight material of choice for many, we look at one project that aims to secure supply, reduce production emissions and keep value in scrap. Justin Cunningham finds out ...


Sticking to multi-material assembly

As multi-material designs get increasingly passed over the preverbal wall for manufacture, the demand on adhesives with multiple curing mechanisms has increased. Here, Eureka reports on industry’s ...


Science behind the gold rush

Great Britain had a phenomenally successful Olympic Games in 2012, winning 65 medals (29 golds). It was our most successful Games since London first hosted the event in 1908. But although the home ...


Engineering the beautiful game

As Euro 2016 comes to a close, we look at the engineering behind the tournaments footballs, and why the beautiful game had to be changed for a fracas. Justin Cunningham reports.


Simplifying 3D print simulation

For technology to be useful, it must be accessible. An example is a metal 3D printing process that, thanks to simulation, may find many more applications. Tim Fryer found out more.


Latest twist on composite connections

Back in 2012 Eureka covered in an interesting development in fastening technology called Rotite. Getting new technology adopted, particularly when it is primarily aimed at the aerospace and ...


The winning formula

With the British Engineering Excellence Awards fast approaching, we look at last year's Materials Application of the Year to see what it takes to be a winner. Justin Cunningham reports.


The people’s car – not for sale!

Not only has Riversimple designed a striking new hydrogen-powered car, it is challenging the conventions of car ownership. Tim Fryer investigated the new project and found out that the business model ...



Seals take soft option

Prototype seals are a problem to make as they are generally soft but also need to be fully functional, but a specialised process that can machine rubbers and other soft materials has evolved for just ...



The testing and analysis of wind turbine blades

We talk to an engineer whose day job it is to bend and even break goliath wind turbine blades, and find out what can be learnt as the materials are put through their paces. Justin Cunningham ...


Productionising 3D printing

Additive manufacturing is having a profound effect on the way some engineers produce plastic parts. Ben Hargreaves and Justin Cunningham look at some pioneering aerospace examples that could see ...


Resurrecting the plastic engine

We catch up with the inventor and instigator of the original Polimotor to see what has changed, and why the project is returning to frontline development. Justin Cunningham tells the story.


Raising the BAR

If you have the best sailor in the Olympic history, sailing the best boat available, then the long wait for a British victory in the America's Cup will be over. Easier said than done of course


Time to ban biodegradable plastic?

Colin Williamson explains his plea to stop using biodegradable plastic: ‘Please don’t use them, don’t recycle them and don’t tell me how wonderful they are.’