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Welbeck College Lower Sixth Engineering Experience
Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:15:00 BST

Intro by VC Welbeck x 528

160 students, along with their military academic staff came to enjoy a day of engineering here at Loughborough University.

Students took part in broad range of activities within each of the engineering departments:

In Materials Engineering, students made their own frisbees in the Department's Polymer Laboratory, utilising industry-scale processing machinery and also got to learn about some of the science involved in polymer engineering,. as well as gaining an understanding of how materials engineering is a part of everything we do and make!

Chemical Engineering invited students into their Pilot Plant Laboratory, showing them a range of different chemical processes and sharing with them scientific information relating to oil refining and petrochemical production, regenerative medicine and how chemical engineering contributes to solving the global energy problem.

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Vehicle aerodynamics was the activity in Automotive Engineering, where students viewed smoke flow over a car in one of the Department's wind tunnels, which shows how aerodynamic a vehicle is and therefore this information can help reduce drag and contributes to increased fuel economy and also a reduction in harmful carbon emissions.

Students had the opportunity to carry out an experiment in Aeronautical Engineering, measuring the velocity of fluids through a pipe, which has applications in aerospace, process industries and automotive engines.

Civil and Building Engineering focused on structural engineering for their activity, challenging students to create a plastic water tower and then had input from academic staff as to why their designs worked well or left a damp patch on the carpet...

3D Printing was the order of the day for Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, where students not only had the chance to have input from staff about 3D printing and additive manufacturing processes, but also got to see the Richard lll 3D printed skull replica which caused quite a stir in the media last year.

In Electrical, Electronic and Systems Engineering, our visitors got the opportunity to design and build a car that could harness the power of the sun and then raced their vehicles against each other!

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Following the day, which was hugely successful judging from the animated faces of the students throughout the day, we received feedback from the college:

"Thank you for an excellent day.

There was a really impressive buzz on the buses during our return visit. There was a great level of appreciation from our students and the sessions certainly helped to allay any misconceptions of the different elements in Engineering. I am sure this will lead to far more informed decision making and choices over the next few months. 

Once again many thanks for your hard work and efforts during the day – much appreciated." 

T E Hayday

Vice Principal Academic

Welbeck - The Defence Sixth Form College

We would like to thank Welbeck for visiting and do hope that the students got to learn some new information about engineering - hopefully, some of the students will become world class engineers themselves....

 

 

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Loughborough University
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