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This is a group for anyone in the wider Cambridge area, interested in new technology and engineering developments.  The group is supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and is open to anyone interested in engineering and technology and all professional members of the IET.  Events and lectures are held during the academic year,usually via Zoom. When the Covid situation eases, physical events will be held at the Cambridge University Engineering Department and other venues.  You are most welcome to attend any or all of the advertised events and view recordings of talks on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKqRqghVKrnMhQpbm54PYJQ

Upcoming events (2)

The Tokyo 2020 Track Bicycle - Tony Purnell, British Cycling

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Tony Purnell, former Head of Technology at British Cycling, will talk about how engineering helped Great Britain top the cycling medal table at the Tokyo Olympics.
Professor Tony Purnell FREng, FRSA was the Head of Technical Development at British Cycling, where he worked across all aspects of technology – from improving data analysis to assisting the coaches with the development of organisational software and tools to optimise rider performance. Tony Purnell is Visiting Professor at Cambridge University Engineering Department, and a Fellow-Commoner in Engineering at Trinity Hall Cambridge. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Manchester University and a masters the MIT Sloan School of Management. His dissertation was on Formula One aerodynamics. He founded Pi Research, was principal of the Jaguar and Red Bull Formula One teams and a technical consultant to the FIA and IndyCar Series.
The Team GB track bicycle for the Tokyo 2020 caused a stir on its announcement. It's wide forks and unusual titanium-carbon frame were a radical departure from convention. With the onset of the pandemic and delay to the Olympics, it would take another eighteen months for the world to see the results.
Among other accomplishments in a prolific career, Tony Purnell was Technical Director of British Cycling and responsible for the design of the 2020 bike. In this talk he will share some of the revolutionary features and technical challenges that enabled the team's success. Reflecting on the development of this bike and some other innovations he has been responsible for, Tony will ask the question ‘Can innovation be forced?

This is a joint event organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE).

‘Quicksilver’. Recapturing the World Water Speed Record

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Driven by patriotic ideals, Donald Campbell and his father Sir Malcolm Campbell dominated speed-record breaking for decades with their iconic “Bluebirds”. Their dynasty came to an abrupt and tragic end with Donald’s death on Coniston Water in 1967. Author and publisher Nigel Macknight is leading a team that aims to regain the World Water Speed Record for Britain, with a turbofan-propelled hydroplane called “Quicksilver”. This evening he will present an exciting multimedia lecture in which he celebrates the achievements of Donald and Malcolm, and outlines the key aspects of his own venture. With vivid illustrations, including historic footage of epic attempts in years past, Nigel will explain what it takes today to be the world’s fastest, to bring this prestigious international prize back to these shores after it’s long absence in Australia.

(The primary structure of “Quicksilver” was fabricated from high-tensile steel tubing by BOC Gases, under a sponsorship arrangement,using a specially-developed welding procedure certified by TWI.)

This event is organised by IET Cambridge and the Welding Institute (TWI). There are a limited number of spaces for this event.

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