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The latest news from the fast-moving world of engineering design, including the latest innovations, applications and research information.

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‘Industrially relevant’ centre

The University of Brighton's Advanced Engineering Centre is being backed with £5m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) The Centre, which is due for completion in November 2016, will provide cutting-edge facilities for mechanical, automotive and aerospace engineering to educate the next generation of professional engineers.  Read More


New alloy offers highest strength-to-weight ratio

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Qatar University have developed an alloy that has a low density similar to that of aluminum, but is stronger than titanium.  Read More


Charity offers £10m grant to support big data research

Engineering related research and education charity Lloyd's Register Foundation has offered a conditional grant of £10million over five years to support research by the Alan Turing Institute into the engineering applications of big data. The offer, subject to specific areas of research being finalised, follows the Foundation's Foresight report, examining how big data might impact the safety and performance of engineering assets and infrastructure in such areas as energy, transportation and shipping.  Read More


Wing vibrations to power future aircraft?

Engineers at Lancaster University are working on a system that allows aircraft wings to generate and store electricity from vibrations.  Read More


Variable gripper mimics the human hand

The latest innovation to come out of Festo's Bionic Learning Network is an adaptive, flexible handling system based on the human hand.  Read More


Sussex engineering lab gets £10m boost

The University of Sussex is investing £10million in a new engineering and robotics lab, on the back of a 60% surge in applications for engineering and computing degrees.  Read More


Wireless sensor tells your smartphone if your food is going off

Researchers in the US are working on a low cost, wireless sensor that can identify spoiled food early by detecting hazardous gases in the air.  Read More


Driverless cars get ready for UK roads

Innovate UK has announced the four UK locations picked to test driverless cars.  Read More


Heat-conducting plastics unveiled

Researchers in the US have found a way to create heat-conducting plastics.  Read More


SMEs answer call for greater productivity

Improving productivity is helping small and medium manufacturers in England continue to grow and adapt to a general softening in the marketplace, according to the latest Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) Barometer.  Read More


Milliband vows to boost number of female engineers

Thousands of female engineers will be trained up as part of a national mission to get Britain building again, Ed Miliband announced today.  Read More


Getting to grips with composites

A new information service, dedicated to helping customers get to grips with composites, has been launched by Lucideon.  Read More


Rolls-Royce lands £3.2bn Airbus deal

Rolls-Royce has secured a £3.2billion order from Delta Air Lines to supply engines for 50 new Airbus aircraft.  Read More


Advanced Composite Materials Facility opened

Greg Clark, Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities, has opened the University of Southampton's Advanced Composite Materials Facility. The facility, the only of its kind in the UK, will develop and manufacture new and advanced materials for semiconductor electronics, data storage, photonics and energy harvesting, conversion and storage.  Read More


Unite calls for government action to tackle skills gap

The UK economy is facing a dire engineering skills gap and needs 87,000 new engineers a year over the next decade, a report by Unite the union has warned.  Read More


GKN to lead £30m wing technology project

A national research programme – aimed at bringing the latest aircraft wing design, manufacture and assembly technologies to market – is being launched by GKN Aerospace.  Read More


Artificial muscle 'remembers' movements

Artificial muscles that can learn and recall specific movements have been developed by engineers from the University of Cambridge.  Read More


£5m boost for maritime autonomous systems

Innovate UK and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) are to invest up to £5million in collaborative R&D projects to stimulate the development of marine and maritime autonomous systems.  Read More


Demand for 'intelligent' motor control soars

Intelligent motor control centres (IMCCs) are gaining market share at the cost of traditional MCCs, new research shows.  Read More


Hauser calls for long term expansion of Catapult network

Technology entrepreneur Hermann Hauser has called for a long term expansion of the Catapult network he helped to establish four years ago.  Read More


BAE uses VR tech to design Royal Navy warships

Engineers at BAE Systems are overhauling their approach to the design and build of Royal Navy warships by using cutting edge virtual reality technology.  Read More


Inflatable incubator wins James Dyson Award

A low cost, inflatable incubator – designed for use in the developing world – has won the 2014 James Dyson Award.  Read More


Shell invests £1m in Tomorrow's Engineers programme

As part of its efforts to address the critical shortage of engineers facing the UK, Shell has announced an investment of over £1million in the Tomorrow's Engineers programme.  Read More


Report identifies £2bn growth opportunity for UK auto suppliers

The Automotive Council has highlighted a £2billion growth opportunity for UK component suppliers.  Read More


Rolls-Royce to cut 2,600 jobs

Rolls-Royce is to cut 2,600 jobs over the next 18 months – principally in its aerospace division – as part of a "programme to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs".  Read More

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