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IMechE – a brief introduction

 almost every gadget that we use to simplify our lifestyle is a contribution by a mechanical engineer

almost every gadget that we use to simplify our lifestyle is a contribution by a mechanical engineer

IMechE or the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is a growing professional faction of leading engineers in the UK. With more than 100,000 members working in different industries, the organization create technical knowhow on different facets of mechanical engineering and share the same with numerous industries, the government and the general public with a vision to “improve the world through engineering”.

WHAT IS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING?

Mechanical engineering is using science to discover or invent things that would be useful in daily life and improves lives of many people. Mechanical engineers develop technology that lays the basis for modern living. In today’s world, almost every gadget that we use to simplify our lifestyle is a contribution by a mechanical engineer. They bring us safe water via water purifiers, transport via automobile industry, home appliances and electronics namely fridge, Air conditioner, gas, washing machine etc, communication via satellites (mobile phones), internet, spacecrafts, rockets, artificial hearts and what not? Just name anything, you can see that somehow a mechanical engineer is involved in its making. They talk, walk, eat and sleep innovation.

With a 160 year old heritage, spreading over 120 countries, consisting of 100,000 members, the institution has won the trust of Government, industries and general public that they are continually sort for assistance in complex issues in the field of mechanical engineering. The institution continuously trains its members to the best standards and creates contacts with multi-nationals and other institutions to ensure the skilled technical force contributes its best in the growth and expansion of leading companies of the world.

HISTORY OF IMECHE

The current headquarters of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at the birdcage walk 1 in London was incepted only in 1899. Before that, the institution was stationed at 54, New Hall Street for 14 years. Later, when there weren’t enough rooms for meetings and other administrative activities, the institution was above to move to London in 1877. Initially, members decided to rent a building in London which was at 10, Victoria Chambers. Here the institution remained for 20 long years after which the need for a separate, own building was felt by its members. Subsequently, a house committee was initiated to supervise the proceedings of building a new house for the institution. On June 14, 1895, the excavations for the new institution building commenced. But, due to many problems faced during the construction of the new building like that of discovery of running water under the construction site and also some disputes with the neighbors, the completion of the building was pushed till 1898. Finally, the new Birdcage walk 1 was incepted formally on 16th may 1899 with a two days celebration. During this time, many proposals were made by most members to purchase the adjoining area to the main building for constructing a new block to use as club. Eventually, four architects were called for to propose for the construction of the new wing. With any such grand celebration, the new block was completed and opened on November 15, 1913.

Later, the First World War led to acquisition of IMechE by the National Relief Fund and Office of Works due to which the building was moved to 11 Great George Street for rent. Consequently, The Second World War also led to a shift back to London, The Meadows at Bletchworth in Surrey. Most of the institution’s heavy works like record maintenance, membership regulation, accounts maintenance, training and examinations for member, National certificates, Correspondences with various stake holders, National services etc. were carried out. In 1940, Military took over The Meadows and hence IMechE had to be shifted to Storey’s Gate which was then revamped entirely. This Headquarter location was not only a meeting place for IMechE but also for various other institutional meetings and even for Government departments. After a remodeling that happened subsequent to formal merging of Birdcage 1 and 3 in 1960, there were no major changes made to the headquarters uptil 1998.

SERVICES PROVIDED BY IMECHE

Since 1999 uptil now, the institution has developed in multi-fold facets. Some of the facilities and services provided by the institution to its members are given below:

•    Financial Help and advice
•    Legal advice for businesses of members.
•    Hiring conference hall for meetings of members’ businesses.
•    Advice and facilitation of insurance for various facets of members’ business like fire insurance, vehicle insurance, employee     life insurance, burglary, marine insurance and so on.
•    Services to facilitate any kind of business trip or leisure trips for members
•    Online stores for purchasing branded items.
•    Conferences and program on how to improve your business for members.
•    Consultancy on various threats and opportunities of business.
•    Introduction of Engineering Heritage Awards and Manufacturing Excellence Awards
•    Support network and knowledge sharing network
•    Libraries, E-journals, newsletter and press releases

The constant thirst that the committee members of IMechE possess to encourage and train talented engineers all over the world with a broad vision to improve the world through engineering, will surely make a great difference in the existence of human kind in future.

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IMechE – November and December Events 2010

imeche98th Thomas Hawksley Lecture: Nuclear or <>Renewables
6 December

2010 United Kingdom should restore about 1 / 3 of its existing electricity generating capacity until 2020; a problem the business estimates will necessitate investment of 200bn.

This will evaluate the most recent position on electricity generation in the UK and put it in the international context, even as we respond to limited resources running out and demand continuing to rise.

The intention is always to explain a valid strategy that recognises the enormity of the job and aims to attain it. Paul is Chairman and Leader of E.ON UK. Paul is also Chairman of Engineering UK, an independent organisation that encourages the vital contribution of engineers, engineering and technologies within our society.

View the notes and slides from the lecture here.

Affordable Railway: Time for an Alteration

29 November

2010

Its recent performance is great in several areas, yet railway costs remain a matter of serious dilemma. Why have the structures put up at privatisation perhaps not already provided the efficiencies demanded? Will alternatives to the prices issue demand yet more change? Will there be scope for substantial price reductions? What does the company need in order to accomplish as a way to enhance its efficacy?

The Study Rail Value for Money is presented by Sir Roy McNulty

He is a former Leader and latterly Chairman of Short Brothers plc, the Belfast-based aerospace business now part of Bombardier Inc.

Living Well -

22 November

2010 Sustainability is usually interpreted in terms of three “pillars” or constraints: techno-economic, environmental or ecological, and societal.

By Life Cycle Assessment the economic dimension can be undertaken by the outside dimension and Value Chain Analysis; juxtaposing the results from VCA and LCA instantly gives helpful insights to the sustainability of supply chains. Resources for assessing the distribution of social advantages are still in development but are equally important in a market where consumers and, a lot more significantly, retailers require providers to attest Corporate Social Responsibility.

The results show the choices and the difficulties of trying to improve the sustainability of international supply chains. Luxury and quality emerge, perhaps surprisingly, as features of sustainable consumption – a reassuring message for Xmas.

The Truly Amazing Female Debate: Do Girls Speak Too Much Or Very Little?

9 November

2010 Support women to inspire more female speakers and begin or participate in events. The intent of the evening is always to collect those considering joining the argument and becoming associated with a community to provide for a mentor and / or as a speaker register. This truly is just a RSA Fellow directed initiative and the occasion will find the launch of the RSA Women’s Loudspeaker Network (RSAWSN).

Down load the Powerpoint Presentation here

QANTAS Airbus A-380 engine explosion

4 November

2010 IMechE’s Director of Engineering, Dr Colin Brown, speaks from the engineers point of view about the mid-air engine explosion on a Qantas A-380 jumbojet, which pushed the pilot in to an emergency landing. BBC Radio 4: D-r Colin Brown on the QANTAS Airbus A380 engine explosion

Amateur video of the accident

Different Types of Commercial Electric Ovens

commercial electric ovenWhen it comes to Food Catering Philadelphia, there are several types of electric ovens that were designed to accommodate the needs of party catering companies in Philadelphia.  The types that we discuss here are deck ovens, conveyor ovens, and convection ovens.  Let’s begin our discussion with the topic of deck ovens.

A deck oven is an electric oven that is mechanically engineered, so that they have several chambers , in which to bake a large number of victuals simultaneously, at one temperature, and all in one oven. Each oven chamber, or deck has a floor that will be used for the purposes of baking the food items.  For instance each pan of food to be baked will rest on the chamber floor, instead of an oven rack as in standard domestic ovens. Each chamber has a hearth-like cooking mechanism which uses heating elements on the top and bottom of the chamber, allowing for an even baking temperature, thus allowing baked goods to be cooked to perfection.

There are three different types of deck ovens which can be used by purveyors.  The first type is called the cyclothermic oven, which are heated by using cyclothermic tubes at the top and bottom of each chamber.  Heat is produced and recycled to the chambers by a convection fan, which is located at the rear of the oven.  There is one drawback to using cyclothermic ovens,  the oven must be preheated to a higher temperature than the required temperature for cooking a given baked good, because heat is lost when the oven doors are opened. Steam tube ovens on the other hand are heated using steam from water that is placed in the panels located at the top and bottom of the oven.  The water moves through a combustion chamber that is located in the bottom of the oven, the water is then trapped in the steam tubes, and turned into  steam which radiates heat to the oven chambers.  The steam is then recycled back into water in the oven chamber.  The steam allows the baked goods to cook an even temperature, thus allowing for less baking times, and food to cook to a golden brown. Thermal oil ovens are the most fuel efficient oven, because they come in two parts. the oven itself, and a separate boiler, which heats the oven by using thermal oil which moves through a tube as water does in steam tube ovens.  The oil is recycled back into the boiler to be reheated. The reason these ovens are fuel efficient, is because quartermasters can hook more than one oven to one boiler.  The only thing to remember about these ovens is that they need special maintenance to keep them running smoothly.

electric combination ovenA convection oven is mechanically engineered to cook much faster, because it have a fan either in the rear or on the side.  When baking victuals in a convection oven, foil can not be used to cover the food, because the heat swirls around so quickly that it will be blown off the pan and possibly into the food if not weighted down.  What does this mean for food service enterprises? This means that a purveyor can bake multiple items in a convection oven at the same time, only if they all require the same temperature, much faster than he or she can in a conventional oven.

Conveyor ovens on the other hand are much more complex, but they bake food items much faster than their counter parts, because the oven has a conveyor that moves the food through the oven, and heat is constantly surrounding the food from the top and the bottom so that the food cooks evenly within five minutes. When a purveyor places a baked good in one end of the oven, five minutes later someone can take the food out at the other end.  This makes it easier for a caterer to bake multiple items much faster and more efficient than with conventional or convection ovens. This is mechanical engineering at it’s best.

The Technical Aspects of Commercial Gas Ovens

commercial gas  ovenAlthough these types of ovens aren’t as popular, gas ovens are still used in many restaurants today.  There are several different models that have been mechanically engineered to be as basic or as elaborate as a Food Catering Houston, or a Party catering company in Houston wants them to be.  The more features and the way they are customized depends on the price of the models. Some of the more basic standard commercial gas ovens are equipped with burners on top, so that a purveyor can bake  special dishes, while cooking others on the burners.  However, others can be built into the wall, and can be placed side by side, or stacked one above the other to make a double oven for purveyors to bake several dishes at different temperatures simultaneously. 

Gas ovens are mechanically engineered in several ways, the most basic models must be cleaned manually by using strong spray on chemicals and they must be heated to burn off the residue in the oven.  A broiler drawer is placed beneath these models; however restaurateurs prefer to use self-cleaning ovens.  These ovens are set at extremely high temperatures to safely remove any debris inside the ovens.  These models have been designed with a broiler drawer above the unit.

Many gas ovens can be equipped with a convection fan to heat the units to higher temperatures thus reducing baking times for multiple dishes.  Other features that have been engineered in commercial gas ovens  include, lights, windows so the user can see the dishes as they are being prepared to perfection, automatic meet thermometers to make sure any meats, or meat based dishes bake to their specific temperature, to insure proper doneness, and last but certainly not least, rust proof hardware.

commercial gas ovenAlthough this article was originally written to discuss the technical aspects and features of gas ovens, let’s do a bit of a comparison with these and their competition, the electric ovens.  Of course older models of electric ovens have knobs and analog timers like the gas variety, but the commercial ones are mechanically engineered to be much larger than gas models, so that a restaurateur or a purveyor of fine foods can bake several dishes at the same temperature in one oven simultaneously. Although some caterers use the old fashion electric ovens, many models are more technologically enhanced in today’s modern world.  Many electronic ovens have digital displays, with a touch screen that is used to control temperature settings, bake or broil settings, the timer, and other settings.  The thermostat kicks on and off while the food is cooking to regulate the oven’s temperature.  In this way the baked goods cook evenly without fear of burning, or being under cooked.  In commercial electric ovens, the broiler element is usually built into the top of the unit, so that the food that is to be broiled can be placed at a particular distance below the heating element.  These are a few of the ways that modern ovens have been mechanically engineered to make a purveyor’s job much easier and much more convenient.

The Facets of Mechanical Engineering Within the Catering Industry

commercial kitchenFor anyone who owns a Food Catering Chicago, or a party catering enterprise in Chicago, there are many ways that mechanical engineering can be used in any aspects of the catering business, from the simplest food preparation tasks, to the more complex and involved art of using commercial appliances to cook the victuals to perfection. Let’s begin with the equipment you will need.  The main items a caterer needs to store, prepare food, and clean up after an event are a stove, oven, refrigerator, freezer and a dish washer to wash the enormous amount of dishes that are used by clients and their guests. 

Now that we have briefly touched upon the major appliances needed to keep food at it’s preferred temperature, prepare the victuals, and the clean-up after a given event, let’s talk about the simplest pieces of equipment that are used in a purveyor’s commercial kitchen. When a purveyor and his or her team of culinary artists prepare to chop vegetables, or cut up meats such as chicken, pork, and other delectable meats for specific dishes, these items are laid out on cutting boards.  Cutting boards are scientifically designed and mechanically engineered to be used, so that counter tops, table tops, and other services are kept clean and free of scratch marks or other damages caused by a specific knife.

The knives that are used to prepare ingredients that will be used in a client’s chosen dishes are designed differently for different uses. For example, Mechanical engineers and manufacturers have designed serrated knives to cut specific vegetables, whereas large cleavers, and chef’s knives are used to cut large portions of meat into smaller pieces. For instance, a roast can be sliced with a single chop of a butcher knife.  These large knives are used for cutting large vegetables such as cabbage as well.  There are many reasons why knives have been mechanically engineered to aid a quartermaster or restaurateur in the art of preparing the refreshments or menu items their clients procure for their special functions.

kitchenOther tools have been designed by engineers to make food preparation much easier for commercial food catering and party catering specialists.  These tools include, pots, saucepans, baking dishes, measuring cups and spoons, and spoons and spatulas to  cook and/or transfer the hot food from one cooking pot or pan to  a storage or serving container.  Cooking utensils are made of either medal, plastic, or Teflon, and have a heat resistant spatula, spoon, fork, etc., with a wooden or plastic handle to protect the user’s hands from  the direct heat of the burner.

There are many other tools that have been engineered to be used at the event itself once the food has been transported from kitchen to venue.  For example chafing dishes are used to keep hot foods hot, cold foods cold, ice buckets are used to keep beverages cold, and coffee pots, and other beverage makers are used to keep hot drinks at their desired temperature.  These are a few of the simplest ways that Mechanical engineering is used for a purveyor to prepare and serve the foods that have been purchased by his or her clients, and to clean up after the event has ended.

Features of an Electronic Stove Versus an Older Model Electric Stove

Cooking with Electric StoveMany food catering enterprises in Los Angeles use commercial electronic stoves.  These stoves are mechanically engineered with more safety features, and they have more features to help a Food catering Los Angeles prepare all the necessary refreshments for their clients for the various celebrations and business functions that are held throughout the year.  First of all, let’s discuss the older model electric stoves that are simple to operate, and have fewer electronic gadgets built in.  After that, we’ll delve more into the electronic features that are engineered to enhance the functionality of some of today’s modernized stoves.

In our discussion of the technical aspects of how older model stoves are engineered, let’s start with the simplest models.  Many commercial stoves have knobs you use to manually turn on the burner, thus lighting a flame that flows through the electric coils.  With these stoves, you have to wait a few minutes to give the burners time to warm up before any food items such as soups, stews, and other dishes for a food enterprise’s clients begin to cook at a pre-set temperature.  The only drawback to using these types of electric ranges, is that the flame isn’t immediately doused when the stove is manually turned off.  The electric coils, or the solid heating elements need time to completely cool in order for heat to completely stop radiating from them.

This brings us to another important point about the mechanical engineering of these types of electric ranges.  Many of these models are heated by electric coils that are either directly wired into the electrical current, or are plugged into electric outlets that are built into the stoves burner frames. These coils must be cleaned thoroughly and frequently, because they will become dull and dingy with frequent use.  Many of these models also have drip pans underneath the burners, which must be frequently cleaned as well.  If the drip pans aren’t cleaned, when the stove is turned on, the burner will smell as if something is burning.

cooking stoveNow that we have discussed older model stoves, how they are mechanically engineered, and why it is important to frequently clean them, let’s talk about the more elaborate electronic commercial stoves, and how they have been engineered to make food catering and party catering much easier for culinary specialists who work within the food service industry. Many of today’s electronic stoves have knobs, but some models have motion sensors, which detect when a user is standing near the stove.  When the detector senses a chef approaching the stove, and the thermostat has been set to a specific temperature, the stove will automatically heat up.  Once a purveyor sets a timer, and starts preparing a specific dish, he or she can simply walk away from the range, oversee preparations of other refreshments and beverages, or start preparations for another dish to be cooked on another burner, and get it started, all while the first dish cooks for a pre-set amount of time.  Once the time is up, the stove automatically shuts down. The cycle continues until the stove is manually turned off, or the dishes are prepared to perfection. These are wonderful illustrations of how mechanical engineering is used in a restaurateur’s busy life.

Engineering Of Gas Stoves and Their Safety Features

Gas StoveFor Food catering enterprises in New York that use gas stoves to prepare the victuals that their clients order for a number of events, there are several safety features that have been mechanically engineered to enhance the safety of the commercial stove.  Remember back in the “good old days” when you had to light a match and use the match to light the burners on an old gas stove?  The flames always stayed lit until you either blew out the flame, or used the stove’s knobs to turn them off.  This is not the case any more.  In today’s modern world, a food catering company or a Food Catering New York can purchase commercial gas ranges that have safety valves built in. How is this possible, you might ask. Here is a brief description of how mechanical engineers make your commercial gas stoves much safer and more user friendly.

Instead of having to light the pilot light, or the burners themselves, Today’s gas stoves have been made with safety valves and electric starters, also called igniters. When a caterer turns on a gas stove these days, electricity flows through the starter, and it will make a clicking sound and you will here a whoosh as the safety valve is opened and gas flows through to ignite the burner.  Once this happens, the purveyor, or his or her employed chef sets the stove on the preferred temperature and the gas valve closes, because the burner is hot enough to keep the flame going, thus preventing any gas leaks as the quartermaster’ and his or her staff prepares the food items that his or her clients have pre ordered for their events. Once the dishes are prepared to perfection, the stove is manually turned off, and the flame is doused.  In this way, there is no risk of a gas leak, because the burners automatically cool down once  the stove is turned off.  This is how engineers have made commercial gas ranges safer by today’s standards, however, there are older model ranges that have a safety valve, but the igniter is not necessarily electric.

The older model stoves that have a safety valve on them are slightly different.  When a culinary artist prepares a specific dish and places it on a burner to prepare for his or her clients, he or she turns on the stove’s burner, listens for the whoosh indicating that the safety valve is opened, sets the temperature gauge, and prepares the victuals.  While the stove is on, the safety valve is opened.  Once the burner has been turned off, the valve is closed.

StoveIf a Food service establishment chooses to use a commercial electric range, there are more features and the quartermaster has more options available to him or her.  Some electric stoves have been mechanically engineered to have automatic sensors which turn the stove on when the user is in front of it.  Once the chef sets the timer for a dish to cook, he or she can walk away from the stove, to oversee the preparation of other victuals.  The stove will turn itself off once the pre-set time runs out. This cycle continues until the food is prepared to perfection, or until the chef turns the stove off manually with the knobs, depending on which models are used.  These are some examples of how mechanical engineering is used in the lives of a restaurateur and his or her culinary experts.

RAILWAY AND IMECHE

railway division

Railway division for technological advancements

Railway division of the IMechE was formed after the margining of Institution of Locomotive Engineers with IMechE in 1969. The main motto that drives this division is to bring together experts and professionals who are interested in the field of railway engineering in order to bring out new ideas leading to technological advancements in the field. Railway engineering mainly includes operations, procurement, design, manufacture, development, research, maintenance and disposal of traction, all forms of guided surface transport, rolling stock, rapid transit and fixed equipments.

The railway engineering division operates six functional hubs located in various places to cover all parts of the UK. Each functional hub aims to promote seminars and interactive programs to enable knowledge sharing and innovations among its members. These centers are:

•    Midlands center
•    North East center
•    North West center
•    South East center
•    South West center
•    Scotland center

The main aim of these divisions is to provide a platform for all the railway engineering members to share knowledge and analyze potential innovations in the field. The various seminars held at different centers cover high profile topics and brings to discussion varying subjects from the latest technological developments in the field of rolling truck to that of new updates on vital projects of organizations that are involved in managing, maintaining, operating and renewing the railway. The six centers also draws and nurtures strong links with several industries, rail operators, various academic institutions and sister concerns including the ICE, IET, IRSE and PWI.

The informative and interactive seminars arranged by the divisional hubs aims to provide its members with technical knowhow and skills required at every stage of their career in order to contribute to the best of their capacity to the railway industry. Apart from these programs, the railway division of institution of mechanical engineers also conducts yearly competitions for the young talents who are encouraged to present their technical skills and compete with other divisions internally and then the final competition at London announces the winner.

Apart from this, the IMechE also conducts  an extraordinary event called the railway challenge which is a treasure hunt for fresh talent from among the students who are about to pursue their career in the field of railway engineering. In this event, student from various universities at UK are invited to present a mini railway locomotive built and design by them in line with some rules proposed by the institution. At the end of the year, each team competes at a given venue to test their locomotive and decide upon the winning team.

Such a competitions and challenges serve as a great opportunity for younger generation engineers in the following ways:

•    They can get recognition among their superiors and peers in the industry by presenting their knowledge and skills.
•    They are able to learn a lot and gain experience by getting to know other people’s ideas and thinking patterns to grow and     innovate more and more.
•    The competition acts as a great platform for career development by creating good contacts with many high profile     industrialists and leaders in the field.

FLUID MACHINERY

Fluid machinery devices used in carrying liquids and gases

Fluid machinery is without doubt an essential industry to mankind since these devices are of use in one way or the other in our daily lives. The institute of Mechanical Engineers possess a Fluid Machinery Group which promotes all those devices involved in carrying liquids and gases like petrol, water, LPG, water and so on. The devices under its purview include an array, namely, pipes, compressors, pumps, turbines, tubes and so on.  These machineries are used in various applications like:

•    Pumps are used to transport drinking water to residences, used in power plant boilers and also in various other factories to         transport chemicals and other liquids.
•    A compressor is used to carry gaseous substances in power stations and also in fans that passes cool air in rooms, at the same     time acts as coolant in nuclear reactors.
•    Turbines are utilized in producing hydroelectricity and electricity through wind energy.

The group is as huge with around 10,000 registered affiliates who have shown interest in innovating fluid machinery industry to achieve pinnacles of excellence. The board of directors of the group who are experts in different areas pertaining to the field meet up four times annually in order to assess various aspects and innovations to make vital decisions of advancement.

The fluid machinery group aims to update their members with latest technology innovations in the field by conducting value seminars and interactive programs every year. They also act as a bridging link between the Government and the members by representing collective views and suggestions to the Government. In addition, the board of directors also represent the group in various international committees and conferences and maintain strong contacts with related organizations.

The main activities of the group are discussed below:

•    To formulate and update policies and strategies relating to various areas of fluid machinery industry and recommend changes to     the Government accordingly.
•    To expand and improve the following facets in terms of technology and innovations through their frequent seminars involving         inputs from various experts in the field:

    Power recovery expanders
    Water turbines
    Pumps and compressors
    Blowers and agitators
    Other wind, power and wave machineries etc.

•    To announce awards and prizes in order to recognize innovations and achievements made in the field of fluid machinery. For         this purpose, the following awards are being sponsored by the group:

    George Stephenson Gold Medal
    Thomas Hawksley Gold Medal
    James Watt International Gold Medal
    IMechE Equality and Diversity Award
    James Clayton Prize
    IMechE Award for Risk Reduction in Mechanical Engineering

•    To act as a treasure of information to its members by establishing the following related sites for reference:

    All about pumps
    American Gear Manufacturers Association
    British Compressed Air Society
    British Fluid Power Association
    British Pump Manufacturers Association
    British Valve and Actuator Association
    CFD Review
    Efluids
    Equipment Condition Monitoring Site
    How Stuff Works
    Hydraulic Institute
    IMechE Fluid Machinery Group
    International Fluid Power Society
    Machine Design
    Manufacturing Technologies Association
    NASA Ames/Stanford University – Center for Turbulence Research
    Society for Experimental Mechanics

With such expansion measures, the fluid machinery group of IMechE is sure to succeed in its venture of developing the industry in near future.

MEDICAL ENGINEERING

Medical Engineering is such vast area that is highly vital for any country’s development.

 Medicine and engineering combined to form devices for medical treatments

Medicine and engineering combined to form devices for medical treatments

Governments need to give importance to improving health of its citizens since healthy population is the foundation for a prosperous economy. IMechE recognizes the vitality of medical engineering and hence plays a vital role in bringing together key professionals in the field of medicine and engineering in order to formulate sophisticated tools and devices that helps in surgeries and other medical treatments.

The main motto of institution of mechanical engineers is to integrate medical advancements with that of innovations in engineering to combat any kind of ailment hitting human body. Some paradigms in such an endeavor are pacemakers, artificial limbs, hip replacements, robotic surgeries, rehabilitation, computer simulations and so on. This area of expertise is highly challenging since it involves human life, rapidly growing due to demands in medical fields and highly evolving due to huge innovations and technological advancements as a result of the culminations of two brains namely engineers and medical experts.

IMechE plays a vital role in this culmination by enabling discussions about the latest innovations and advancements, to facilitate cross linking among various experts and industries and by promoting the vitality of this field to the public, Government authorities and healthcare ministries and so on.

This, they do by the following measures:

•    IMechE publishes high standard journals on Engineering in Medicine. They have also introduced a new journal on Sports     Engineering and Technology.
•    IMechE conducts lectures and seminars annually that act as a meeting ground for experts from engineering and medical field.
•    They also publish a quarterly newsletter on medicines that act as knowledge base for engineering to understand various aspects     and demands in the field of medicine.

The Institution strives to expand this area of expertise and give utmost importance to developments and technological innovations in this field since it has recognized the vitality of it. Discussions and inputs are constantly derived from its members in many areas of medical engineering which includes:

•    Ergonomics
•    Orthopedic implants
•    Design of buildings’ environment
•    Ageing
•    Neurosensory devices
•    Robotic Surgeries
•    Safe and healthy ageing
•    Artificial legs
•    Sport and exercise
•    Disabled athletics
•    Provision of food and water
•    Rehabilitation

As a result of such a culmination of medical experts with that of mechanical engineers which is facilitated by IMechE, the field of medical engineering is evolving exponentially day by day with even better sophisticated ways of diagnosis and treatments for diseases and high profile solutions to health related problems. Moreover, medical engineers are expected to be highly on demand in future with loads of projects like fluid joint replacements, artificial sense technologies and fully responsive prosthetic limbs and so on. Whatever was just considered as fiction once upon a time has become science reality due to medical engineering and without doubt, the future for medical engineers is going to be highly demanding with lot of public attention, industrial developments and government scrutiny.

MEDICAL CANNABIS

Cannabis or marijuana is known to treat a lot of ailments from ancient times. Various scriptures and writings have proven that medicinal value of these herbs were identified and used for treatments by doctors even before 4000 years ago. Vaporizers are the devices used to inhale medical cannabis. These devices have also undergone a huge evollution from basic model to enahnced style of today. Advancements in Engineering which is rapidly evolving due to support from IMechE has led to such an array of designs and features in latest vaporizers. Not only does IMechE support engineering expertise, it has also acted as the bridging link between medical experts with that of engineering talents This link has enhanced modern ways of treatments for various diseases out of which the most fascinating one is treatments with marijuana is one.What is most fascinating about marijuana is that a drug used for getting high is used as a medicine for such a wide array of diseases which are discussed below:

•    Marijuana is well known to slow down cell growth in CANCER patients helping them to live longer than usual. It also helps     relieve them of side effects from medications used for treating the condition.
•    Since Cannabis can lift your moods and relax your mind, it has good track record in treating cases with MAJOR DEPRESSION AND     ANXIETY.
•    Medical cannabis are very good relief for AIDS patients. More than 40 years ago, THC which is the main ingredient in cannabis     smoke was synthesized to form a new drug called marinol. This drug is widely used as a pharmaceutical product available on     prescription. And this drug is helpful to reduce vomiting, nausea and increasing appetite in AIDS patients. This is the drug     that helps cancer patients in their disorder too.
•    It treats GLAUCOMA very well by easing out pressure from the internal portion of the eye and relieves a lot of pain for the     patients suffering such conditions.
•    It is also used to reduce CHRONIC PAIN from various disorders and injuries.
•    Some people even use marijuana to LOSE EXCESS WEIGHT since they uphold good metabolism.
•    It is also known to help relieve MUSCLE PAIN and other daily pains.
•    It would be a surprising fact to know that cannabis help in GETTING OVER ADDICTION. People might think that cannabis itself is     an addiction but it actually helps in easing out other addictions to drugs, alcohol, smoking etc.
•    Many symptoms of MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS like muscle pain, spasticity, tremors and unsteadiness can be treated by medical cannabis.
•    Recent studies have proved that marijuana can be used as the best treatment for patients suffering from TRAUMATIC STRESS     DISORDER, panic disorder, bipolar disorder etc.
•    It also acts as best medicine for NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS like epilepsy, migraine, arthritis, spinal disorders and skeletal     disorders.
•    Marijuana helps people with INSOMNIA, PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME AND HYPERTENSION. It also avoids constipation and helps get over     alcoholic hangovers.
•    As most people know, it is the best substitute for smoking cigarette and by inducing only the required THC and filtering most     of the harmful chemicals included in a cigarette, marijuana helps in enhancing health of the smokers. It does less harm and it     also known to be beneficial for people suffering from ASTHMA AND OTHER BRONCHITIS related diseases.

Apart from treating physical and mental ailments, marijuana helps people elevate spiritually too. People who smoke cannabis have shared experiences of revealing their true self.  There have also been testimonials that say that medical cannabis have cleared their mind from confusion and has guided in the right direction. Marijuana is known to energize and relax moods at the same time giving a balanced effect that helps clear and efficient thinking.

Formula Student – A Student Competition for Future Engineering

Formula Student - engineering students presents design of racing car

Formula Student – engineering students presents design of racing car

The institution of Mechanical Engineers conducts an annual competition wherein Mechanical Engineering students from various Universities across the world are invited to manufacture and present their own single seat racing car to big employers looking to absorb young talent into their companies. And this cut throat competition among future engineers of the world is called the Formula Student. In 1981, this program was commenced by The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and now in 2012, the event has gained such unsurpassable popularity among the pioneers of motor car industry.

The main motto behind this program is to inspire pioneering and enterprising future engineers to take up and shine in their engineering careers. Moreover, by connecting Engineering students from all parts of the world to present their own integrated design of a motor car, this event acts as the treasure of innovative ideas and technological advancements which motor car industrialists look forward to.

Apart from this, formula student acts as the best platform for students to receive practical experience of work atmosphere wherein they are able to exhibit their technical, manufacturing and engineering skills. Since they work with a design as a team, they are able to learn multiple aspects of a work atmosphere like team work, leadership skills, project management techniques, cost and budget management, time management and presentation skills. Also, the professionalism that the program teaches the young participants equips them with all required maturity to handle crisis preparing them to succeed in their careers as Mechanical Engineers. Without doubt, formula student is a perfect transition from theoretical college to practical work place for the students.

Moreover, top MNC heads have been swept away by the level of competition at formula student and have been left in awe looking at the commitment and standards displayed by the students during the event. The main challenge is to work as a team to produce a prototype of the single seat race model. Every team representing their University strives hard to design the best model with latest technologies and innovations that would be cost saving in terms of fuel efficiency and durable spare parts, best in terms of comfort and ease of maintenance, highly reliable in terms of safe brakes and non-skid tyres and highly efficient in terms of performance, acceleration, smooth handling, speed and so on. Also, every team must be able to present in front of the lot, the logical reasoning behind their design and explain each and every innovation that has gone into their creation. By doing so, the teams must be able to convince the hypothetical manufacturing companies that their design is most beneficial for them. So, for the manufacturers watching these presentations, it acts as the best talent hunt for their concern while for the students it acts as the best platform to learn and get into top class companies after their graduation.

Since formula student is such a challenging and golden opportunity for the students, they compete with rage. And, when they give such tough fight, it takes the popularity of the event to great heights among the motorsport industrial leaders.

 

IMechE Aerospace

Aerospace division aims to provide complete support by communicating technical information

Aerospace division of Institution of Mechanical Engineers aims at providing complete support to all the members of the division by communicating current technical information on various happenings in the aerospace industry. It also strives to establish best links with the Government, aerospace industrial leaders, defense ministries and all educational institutions providing Aeronautical engineering as a faculty.

The executive committee of the division comprises of six vital representatives from research, aerospace industry and the Government who would arrange for an annual meeting for discussing and deciding upon significant moves. The Board of Directors announces and arrange for yearly technical programs to update current engineers and students on latest technicalities in aeronautics. And the technical committee formulates the topics and presentations at the seminars to be held.

The technical committee which is the main executive body of the division comprises of members from many other technical committees namely:

• Aerospace Materials and Structure
• Airworthiness
• Propulsion
• Transmissions
• The two centers namely Western Aerospace Centre & Aerospace North West
• Representatives from Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) & Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) which are its sister concerns

We will now get to know an overview on the above committees of Aerospace Technical Division:

AEROSPACE MATERIALS AND STRUCTURE COMMITTEE

This committee aims to monitor innovations in materials used in the aerospace structures. They also promote and strive to create latest technology via seminars and interactive programs with the Engineers around the globe. It also acts as a bridging link between the academicians, industrial leaders and innovative scientists of the field in order to streamline ideas and applications of materials in aerospace structures.

AIRWORTHINESS COMMITTEE

This is the most important committee of the aerospace division since it deals with safety issues. It gains its vitality also due to its relevance in the field of military and defense of various nations. The main activities encompass:

• Close attention and discussions various safety issues concerning military and defense airworthiness and take suitable measures to improve upon.
• Arrange for seminars involving various universities and industrial experts to develop the foundation for future Engineers.
• Conduct technical program to evolve innovations in the field of airworthiness.

PROPULSION COMMITTEE

Propulsion committee keeps engineers in the field up to date on latest advancements in propulsion technology via conferences. It also strives to facilitate engineers to come up with innovative ideas in the area of propulsion devices by collaborating with IMechE and its sister concerns.

TRANSMISSION COMMITTEE

Transmission is a significant mechanism that requires innovation from time to time in order to satisfy high demands in terms of cost, correct weight to meet up airworthiness issues, minimal maintenance, different manufacturing techniques and so on. The committee aims to improve upon innovative designs to facilitate all these demands.

WESTERN AEROSPACE CENTER & AEROSPACE NORTH WEST

Western Centre and northwestern centers caters to the needs of the members in their respective regions.

INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY (IET)

It is a leading community of international Engineers who share latest innovative technology in the field of Engineering to improve lives of people.

ROYAL AERONAUTICAL SOCIETY (RAES)

This is the professional body of dedicated Aeronautic Engineers which was founded in 1866. They are pioneers in any development that take place in Aerospace industry till today.

With all these committees at place, contributing to various technicalities of Aerospace industry, the aerospace division of IMechE stands in the forefront in technological advancements and innovative creations.