Mark Benson

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What is thermochromic paint? Where is it used?

Before we look at the many reasons why you would use thermochromic paint, it is worth reminding ourselves exactly what we are talking about. In simple terms, thermochromic paint contains either liquid crystals or leuco dyes which literally change colour depending on the temperature of the surface to which have been applied/immediate atmosphere. It is …

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Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge – the world’s longest

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge opening was seen as a massive political coup for China. The political tensions between Hong Kong, Macau and China have unfortunately overshadowed what is an amazing feat of modern day engineering. We will now take a look at the history of the project. The cost in terms of money, lives and …

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Cooling Towers Explained: How does a cooling tower work?

Even though cooling towers are not as common today as they were in years gone by, you will almost certainly come across at least one cooling tower in your daily travels. They play an integral part in many different industries and while on the surface they seem fairly straightforward, these are actually extremely well structured, …

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Top 10 Most Innovative Products of All Time – what are yours?

You could argue that the world today is full of innovative products which literally changed lives. We see new services and products rolled out on a regular basis but sometimes we overlook products which were innovative at the time beyond recognition. Our list of the top 10 most innovative products may look like a blast …

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Riccardo Morandi – Profile of a revolutionary bridge designer

Born on 1 September 1902, Riccardo Morandi is very much in the news even though he passed away on 25 December 1989. Renowned as a groundbreaking figure in bridge engineering throughout his career, the collapse of the Genoa Bridge (official name Ponte Morandi) in 2018 cast a dark shadow across his reputation. While it is …

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Genoa Bridge collapse 2018 – how did it happen, could it have been avoided?

On 14th August 2018 the Morandi Bridge (Ponte Morandi) in Genoa collapsed with initial fears that more than 30 people lost their lives. As you might expect, the Genoa Bridge collapse has created concern and confusion in the engineering sector and politicians have already started the blame game. This will go down as one of …

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The Khan Academy – any good for science and engineering?

The Khan Academy (khanacademy.org) is something which will become more visible in the years to come especially for those who have young children at school. It is a non-profit educational organisation built by Salman Khan in 2006 with the aim of “creating a set of online tools that help educate students” all free of charge. …

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Extreme manufacturing danger: the steel mill cobble

While many of us will be well aware of the dangers of working in a steel mill, the excessive temperatures and molten steel, few people will have heard of the steel mill cobble. Unfortunately for those working in these challenging and dangerous environments the term “steel mill cobble” does not really reflect the dangers associated …

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INVAR: The amazing super-low thermal expansion alloy you’ve never heard of – that’s been around for over 100 years.

While it is highly likely that many people have never heard of Invar this is an alloy which has been round for more than 100 years. The importance of this material must not be underestimated because it is a low expansion alloy which is commonplace in many everyday items. We need to go back to …

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Revealed: The amazingly efficient, but UNUSED Bourke Engine from the 1920s

For many people the world of mechanical engineering is based upon the challenge to change and improve systems of years gone by. The two-stroke and four-stroke engine perfectly illustrates an inability of some people and some companies to even consider there may be better designs out there. The Bourke Engine was created by a man …

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The Whitestone Bridge – An Engineering Masterpiece

The Whitestone Bridge (also referred to as the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge) is a suspension bridge in New York City which connects the borough of Queens, Long Island to the Bronx on the United States mainland. It is now an integral part of the landscape and the value of his engineering masterpiece can literally be measured in …

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What is StruCalc design software? A brief overview

StruCalc was originally created as an in-house software package exclusively for StruCalc engineers back in 1993. This package has now taken on a life of its own and is widely used within the design engineering sector. One of the main advantages of the StruCalc structural analysis software tool is its simplicity. The ability to stress …

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Personality traits of mechanical engineers

Before we look at the personality traits of mechanical engineers let us consider what this particular career entails. In essence mechanical engineering involves “the design, production and operation of machinery” and while this can cover a massive range of different activities the base personality traits are very similar. However, you will find that many of …

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The Lancashire Boiler – Victorian Ingenuity

It is universally recognised that William Fairbairn created the Lancashire Boiler back in 1844 although some believe he created the idea of a twin fire tube boiler as opposed to the actual Lancashire Boiler itself. Over the years there have been a number of modifications and improvements and while modern boilers are seen as more efficient, relatively large …

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British military engineering at its best: The Bouncing Bomb

During World War II the Allies were struggling to penetrate the heartland of industrial Germany where weapons were being manufactured. It is well documented that Hitler saw the dam walls protecting the vital area of Ruhr as impenetrable but one British military engineer by the name of Sir Barnes Wallis saw this as a potential …

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