Cardiff University’s achievements in engineering will be on show at the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Summer Soiree this evening (Thursday 24 May).

The Academy event hosted by Cardiff University highlights the crucial role of engineers in developing solutions to a diverse range of environmental, social, health and economic challenges. The universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Swansea will also represented at the event.

The “Engineering a better society” exhibition features ten exhibits from Cardiff University covering world-leading engineering research. The interactive exhibits range fromresearch improving our understanding of osteoarthritis, helping to develop better treatments for millions of sufferers, to the use of smart meters, soon to be commonplace in the UK, and expected to lead to major energy savings.

Royal Fellow and Guest of honour HRH The Princess Royal will be welcomed to the event by President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Sir John Parker FREng and the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant FREng.

Dr David Grant, Vice-Chancellor, said: “These are difficult economic times and engineering has an increasingly important part to play in developing the new economy. Cardiff University’s exhibition demonstrates the real impact being made by world-leading research in Cardiff School of Engineering working with our partners.”

Sir John Parker, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “Our soirees, which take place almost every summer, aim to shine a spotlight on great engineering research and development, giving the host institution and its talented people the opportunity to showcase what they do to an audience of eminent engineers as well as distinguished friends and visitors from near and far.

Cardiff University is helping to lead the way in ensuring that engineers continue to be at the heartland of society and play a central role in shaping the economy of the UK - and the world beyond.”

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
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  3. The exhibition in full features:

    The Seren Project Cardiff engineers are developing our understanding of the relationship between the ground and our energy needs, and generating new economic activity.

    Damage Detection Cardiff experts have developed damage-detection methods for bridges, buildings and aircraft components, potentially saving thousands of lives and millions of pounds.

    Severn Barrage Research Cardiff experts have developed computer models to predict potential energy generation and environmental impacts of a barrage across the Severn Estuary.

    Arthritis Research UK Cardiff researchers from six academic schools are working together to improve our understanding of osteoarthritis, and to develop better treatments for millions of sufferers.

    National Grid Maintaining a reliable electricity supply is vital, but there is uncertainty in the industry about the reliability of the insulation at transmission substations. Cardiff researchers are developing artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to measure the degradation of the material and predict how much longer it will last, and creating new textured insulation coating.

    Gas Turbine Research Centre (GTRC) The Cardiff’s Gas Turbine Research Centre is working with industrial partners worldwide to improve the flexibility, performance and safety of gas turbines.

    Health and sport Cardiff researchers are working to save rugby and soccer players from head injury by establishing whether agreed safety thresholds for artificial playing surfaces are appropriate.

    Haptics Cardiff experts, in close collaboration with INRIS (France) and Australia, are creating highly accurate surgical simulators, replicating procedures accurately in real-time.

    Engineering for Life Engineering for Life was a three year EPSRC funded public engagement project which involved a series of activities including engineering taster courses for schools, teachers and careers advisors.

    Smart meters Cardiff engineers are pioneering research into the development and use of smart meters, which will soon be commonplace in the UK, and which are expected to lead to major energy savings.

    University of Bristol A £1.8M joint research venture funded by EPSRC between the University of Bristol and Cardiff University, the project is a new approach to design to result in a one pass design process for future communications systems.

    University of Bath & British Antarctic Survey The exhibit shows the equipment and living conditions of the engineers who deployed the equipment across the remote regions the Antarctic continent.

    Swansea University The BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car plans to take a manned vehicle to 1000 mph by 2013 increasing the current land speed record (763mph) by over 30%.

    University of Exeter The research team has developed an appealing and novel 3D chocolate printer, which processes one of many people’s favourite materials to build creative and personalised gift products.

For more information please contact

Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering Direct tel +44 (0) 20 7766 0636; email: Jane Sutton