Engineering students hit new heights in Belgium

Engineering students from the University of Brighton have been learning valuable skills at the European Space Agency Academy’s Training and Learning Facilities in Belgium.

The five students, who are studying either Aeronautical or Mechanical Engineering masters degrees, spent four days at ESEC-Galaxia in Redu, Belgium, in preparation to test their cutting-edge technology in zero-gravity in Bordeaux, France in the Autumn.

During their time in Belgium, the students – whose project team name is PHP Cubed – have gained insights from industry experts and taken part in space-based activities including walking on the surface of the ‘moon’ via a virtual reality headset. Read More

Opportunities and experience at Brighton

After taking a gap year I was excited to start my degree at Brighton. The course structure offered more opportunities for practical learning compared to other universities and the opportunity to spend a year In Industry working for the MoD gave me a chance to find out what I was really Interested in.  My industry placement helped me narrow down my options for my future career after graduation

I would highly recommend taking the opportunity of a year in industry as it helped me discover which aspects of engineering I am truly interested in. The course tutors encourage students to take these opportunities as students come back for their third year with experience that they might not get at university and often achieve a first-class classification. This has proved to be the case for me and most of the other “year-in-industry” students.

The freedom to choose my own third year dissertation allowed me to extend my technical background from mechanical into aeronautical engineering. This was a very challenging process, but I was able to learn a lot from this experience and acquire new skills which a predetermined project may not have offered. Read More

The rewards of learning engineering and a language at Brighton

I always wanted to be an engineer, since I was a kid. I also wanted to experience life abroad to broaden my horizons and learn a language. Studying here at the university was the best way to achieve my goals.

I was very excited and proud to come to the University of Brighton, I am the first one in my family ever to study abroad. When I got here it was a bit more challenging than I thought it would be for several reasons, such as the language barrier and the slightly different culture but at the same time it was also more interesting and rewarding since I learnt and achieved a lot more than I thought I would.

The course in Aeronautical Engineering benefits from the support and expertise of experienced lecturers and leading industry experts in specific fields. Furthermore, the course is very practical, unlike many other similar courses. This makes it more challenging but gives the possibility of acquiring practical skills that are highly in demand in industry.

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Zero G!

The demand for engineers is greater than ever and it’s a fascinating field to get into. I chose Mechanical Engineering as it’s the most diverse course you can do and from that you can go into any aspect of engineering, and practically any technical job.

The most interesting aspects of the Mechanical Engineering MEng course are the different rage of modules we study. From Advanced Computation Fluid Dynamics to Engineering Business Management, the range of skills we are taught are very exciting and contribute to an extensive skillset to take into the working world.

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Sky’s the limit for Pratik

The sky’s the limit for student Pratik Meghani after he was invited to present his final year Aeronautical Engineering project at a conference in the Czech Republic.

Pratik, who will graduate this summer, will give a talk at the Research and Education in Aircraft Design Conference in Brno, Czech Republic, in November.

His project is a 2D aerodynamic study on morphing in the Cessna 172SP, a four-seat, single-engine American aeroplane made by the Cessna Aircraft Company.

Pratik, who intends to undertake a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at an institution abroad, said the conference would greatly enrich his existing knowledge and experience of his research area.

He said: “I am excited to present my final year project as a research paper at the conference.

“This unique opportunity will aid my professional development and enable me to meet specialists who will give me an insight into several fields of the aerospace industry.

“I would like to thank the University of Brighton for funding this trip and giving me a chance to represent them on an international stage.”

Pratik added that he would like to specialise in design and propulsion systems for major aircraft companies in the future: “My career goal is to work at one of the big aerospace giants like Bombardier, Airbus or Boeing.”

As an international student, Pratik said he would be “forever thankful” to the University of Brighton for helping him adjust to life in the UK.

“The University has provided me with the necessary practical and technical skills to kick-start my journey to my intended career goal,” he said.

“The reward schemes on offer – including prizes and merit-based scholarships – have made me a competitive yet friendly individual who is full of confidence.

“The support of the lecturers and friends helped me settle into University life in the UK as an international student. I will be forever thankful to the University for the skills and competence I have gained during the course.”

Dr Wang and David Fitzsimons, Director of the European Remanufacturing Council

University links with China to prolong the life of goods

New ways to extend the life of resource-hungry products were discussed at a Sino-UK summit, co-organised by the University of Brighton.

The event, the first of its kind aimed at fostering cooperation in remanufacturing between the UK and China, was attended by representatives of the UK’s innovation agency ‘Innovate UK’, the British Embassy in China, the Welsh Government and China’s Ministry for Information and Industry Technology.

It was co-organised by Dr Yan Wang, Senior Lecturer in the University of Brighton’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, who works in the field of sustainable manufacturing and currently is a Visiting Scholar at China’s National Key Laboratory for Remanufacturing.

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Celebrating International Women's Day 2018

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

To mark International Women’s Day in 2018 we are celebrating the achievements of just some of the academics working here at Brighton.

Our Women of Impact web feature demonstrates how our academic staff are achieving great things, working on the complex challenges facing society, educating and inspiring the next generation and making an impact in communities. The varied and diverse career journeys illustrate the huge range of talent that we welcome at the University of Brighton.

Dr Konstantina Vogiatzaki – safeguarding our energy future
Dr Konstantina VogiatzakiDr Konstantina Vogiatzaki’s research seeks to unlock the physics and push the manifold operating limits of our modern energy systems in order to increase their efficiency, regulate their fuel consumption and minimise their harmful emissions.

New engine approach has cut fuel by up to 30 per cent

Scientists have unveiled new engine technology that will significantly increase fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

Researchers at the University of Brighton and industry partners Ricardo have demonstrated that by storing and injecting liquid air into split-cycle engines, fuel consumption is reduced by up to 30 per cent while NOx fumes and particle emissions are also reduced.

The new technology would enable long-haul freight lorries to fully comply with inner-city emission restrictions, saving hauliers thousands of pounds per year. It also has potential cost-saving benefits for other diesel-fuelled industries including marine and rail.

Researchers say while the current trend for passenger cars is towards battery-powered vehicles, HGVs are hard to electrify. Batteries would take up more than half a long-distance truck’s payload, increasing costs and requiring yet more vehicles on the road to deliver the same quantity of goods.

Dr Rob Morgan, Reader in the University’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, and the lead researcher, said: “Even if a significant breakthrough in battery technology were achieved in the future, the strains on the recharging infrastructure and powergrid may still be prohibitive.

“On any sensible scenario, diesel-fuelled power generation will be around for many years. Our research is a potential game-changer.”
The technology, called CryoPower, realises a new thermal-power engine cycle – air is compressed in one cylinder, then heated by burning a fuel and expanded in a second cylinder. By splitting these processes into separate cylinders, the engine is more efficient and can be controlled to minimise toxic emissions such as NOx.

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Bear in the air

Scientists here at Brighton carried a cuddly colleague with them as they boarded an aircraft for zero-gravity flights.

‘Captain Bright One’, our University’s teddy bear mascot, flew with researchers as the pilot took the plane on an upward trajectory and then reduced thrust and pushed the stick to achieve weightlessness.

The researchers used the European Space Agency (ESA) flights to test a ground-breaking system that has the potential to revolutionise the way heat can be managed – a crucial requirement for satellites and other space craft.

The research is being led by Professor Marco Marengo, Professor of Engineering. He said: “Due to the complete absence of air and the violent extremes in temperature in space, satellites, for example, require a thermal radiation screen in order to limit both the excessive heat from the sun and release of heat to the cold of outer space.”

His team is developing a novel ‘pulsating heat pipe’ system which dissipates heat using an evaporator and a condenser connected through a meandering capillary tube. They needed to test the system in weightless conditions to ensure it will operate successfully when it is used in outer space.

ESA has granted the team access to the International Space Station to test the system further and it likely will travel with British astronaut Tim Peake when he undertakes his second space mission sometime after 2020.

The news follows the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council granting the team £900,000 to develop the system further.

Photos of the Captain Bright One teddy were taken by research team member Dr Nicolas Miché, leader for the University’s Aeronautical Engineering courses.

For more information on the team’s research, go to: http://bit.ly/2jU7UZG