Student built electric car sets new land speed record

An electric car designed and built by engineering students at Brigham Young University (BYU) has set a new world land speed record for its weight class, averaging 155.8mph over its two required qualifying runs

MMF stock swap

Local auto parts supply specialist and GAU member Manchester Motor Factors has re-profiled, re-categorised and replaced its entire current stock of replacement exhaust components in order to improve stock levels, availability and quality consistency for customers. The huge task has been completed in just one day, without any disruption in supply. The entire new stock, including the logistics and profiling work has been supplied by the UKs leading manufacturer, Klarius Group.

U3-X Personal Mobility Prototype

Honda's U3-X is designed to provide the rider with freedom of movement in any direction forward, backward, sideways and diagonally by leaning slightly in the desired direction. The compact one-wheeled device also features a foldable seat and retractable footrests. A lithium-ion battery pack provides power for up to one hour of use and can be recharged by plugging in to a conventional household or office 120V power outlet. Weighing roughly 22 pounds, U3-X uses a proprietary balance control system which derives from Honda's research into human walking dynamics for the development of the ASIMO bi-pedal humanoid robot.

Bloodhound project: 1050mph

It was recently announced that the Bloodhound Aerodynamics team has resolved the issue of excessive tail lift at supersonic speeds. This video clip has been produced by sponsor Siemens from their NX CAD software, and shows the much flatter sides and narrower rear wheel track as it spins the computer model of the car around.

Bloodhound SSC

Bloodhound SSC - Britain's Land Speed Record car, races a Eurofighter Typhoon.

OpenHydro deploys 1MW commercial tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy

Irish based OpenHydro has successfully deployed its first commercial scale in stream tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy, Canada, on behalf of Nova Scotia Power. The 1MW commercial scale turbine is now operational, rotating with the tides, collecting data, and producing energy.

An alternative to the traditional spring?

Can you specify the correct spring? All springs are not equal. Eureka's deputy editor Justin Cunningham talks to Brian Goode, technical director of TFC, to find out what the company has done to improve upon the time honoured method of storing mechanical energy - and how it is improving mechanism designs.

On the right track

Driverless personal transport is to become a reality at London Heathrow Airport. Dassault Systems V5 PLM ensures that this futuristic system is designed, produced and delivered, on time, to budget and with a great user appeal.

Recover Energy - Reduce Emissions

The hydraulic hybrid drive system from Rexroth converts braking energy into drive energy for commercial vehicles and mobile equipment and is said to help achieve fuel savings of up to 25% whilst reducing CO2 emissions respectively. The system is especially useful for vehicles with very short start and stop intervals such as city buses, waste collection vehicles or fork lifts.

Power station installation

E.ON has installed two large WEG motors at its Ratcliffe-On-Soar Power Station near Nottingham. Both motors have been installed in the Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) plant.

Emdrive Flight Test

The Emdrive – originally revealed in Eureka's December 2002 edition as a way of driving satellites and spacecraft using microwaves – is now demonstrating its ability to produce thrust on a consistent basis.

Exemplary Structure of a Hydrostatic Fan Drive

The combustion engine and cooler are decoupled mechanically so that vehicle manufacturers can select an optimum position for the cooler and therefore use previously unusable installation space.

Next-generation Stop-Start system substantially broadens range of benefits

A new generation of Belt-Integrated Starter Generators (B-ISG)) have been developed by powertrain engineering consultancy Integral Powertrain. The system solves the cost-benefit issues that have slowed the uptake of existing B-ISG technologies by providing starting refinement equivalent to today's very best systems. These run alongside additional benefits such as powering the air-conditioning system while the engine is stopped and reducing losses whilst the engine is running.

Shockwave build up

The UK's next land speed record car aims to reach speeds in excess of 1000mph. This simulation video compiled by Swansea University shows the surface pressure build-up on the bottom of the Bloodhound (left) and on the ground (right). You can see the shockwave build up as it travels well beyond the sound barrier.

Rittal platform

A video featuring the demonstration of a Rittal platform approach to enclosure population