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Departmental highlights

Doing a PhD in the Non-Destructive Evaluation group

Lecturer Dr Peter Huthwaite, and current research students Naomi Shipway and Xiaotang Gu explain what NDE is all about, and why a PhD in this field is worth doing. 

Doing a PhD in the Non-Destructive Evaluation group

Doing a PhD in the Non-Destructive Evaluation group

What is NDE, and why do a PhD in this field?

Lecturer Dr Peter Huthwaite, and current research students Naomi Shipway and Xiaotang Gu explain what NDE is all about, and why a PhD in this field is worth doing. 

Imperial Festival 2018

Imperial Festival 2018

The Department of Mechanical Engineering showcased its work to the public

Photos of the event can be found on our Flickr account. 

Year of Engineering: Imperial Enginuity

Year of Engineering: Imperial Enginuity

Imperial engineers, from students to academics, tell us what engineering means to them.

To celebrate the Year of Engineering, Imperial engineers tell us how engineering makes the world a better place.

Find out more about the Year of Engineering

Tab cooling vs. Surface cooling

Tab cooling vs. Surface cooling

A video comparing different cooling methods for battery cells.

This video showcases a research paper from our department's Electrochemical Science and Engineering group, comparing different cooling methods for lithium-ion battery cells. 

Read the research paper

Smart Taekwondo Kick Tracking System

Smart Taekwondo Kick Tracking System

Demonstration of sporting wearables

The Biomechatronics Laboratory at Imperial College (http://www.biomechatronicslab.co.uk/) and Athletec introduce the first wearable smart Taekwondo kick tracking system.  Imperial  student and Taekwondo black belt Yuhua Gu demonstrates. 

Mech Eng at the 2017 Imperial Festival

Mech Eng at the 2017 Imperial Festival

Mechanical Engineers brought robots and fire tornados to the 2017 Imperial Festival.

Adults and children alike explored the fun side of Mechanical Engineering.

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New evidence suggests there was a fire on board the Titanic

What really sank the Titanic?

New evidence suggests there was a fire on board the Titanic before it set sail from Belfast.

An Imperial expert in fire finds evidence for a surprising theory about the Titanic – that it was already on fire when it left port, and this contributed to its rapid sinking.

Find out more 

How close are we to Star Wars-like prosthetics?

How close are we to Star Wars-like prosthetics?

How prototype sensor technology may make robotic prosthetics more user-friendly in the future

Dr Ravi Vaidyanathan discusses how prototype sensor technology may make robotic prosthetics more user-friendly for people in the future.

To find out more about the research discussed in this video please click here

DrVaidyanathan talks about webcams and motion sensors.

Croc stars

Dr Ravi Vaidyanathan talks about how webcams and motion sensors are used to monitor crocodiles.

Dr Ravi Vaidyanathan talks about how undergraduate students in Mechanical Engineering are using webcams and motion sensors to monitor the behaviour of crocodiles.

To find out more about this video please click here

Our department's annual research showcase.

2017 Research Showcase

Our department's annual research showcase.

Guest speaker: Alan Begg FREng, ex Senior Vice President of Group Technology at SKF

Our department's annual research showcase.

2018 Research Showcase

Our department's annual research showcase.

Guest speaker: Nick Molden, founder and CEO of Emissions Analytics

Inaugural and keynote lectures

Releasing friction's potential

The inaugural lecture of Professor Daniele Dini, titled “Releasing friction’s potential”, examined advances in tribology research and their importance for a variety of industry applications.

To find out more about Professor Dini's inaugural lecture, click here 

Releasing friction's potential

Releasing friction's potential

Hear Professor Daniele Dini's inaugural lecture

The inaugural lecture of Professor Daniele Dini, titled “Releasing friction’s potential”, examined advances in tribology research and their importance for a variety of industry applications.

To find out more about Professor Dini's inaugural lecture, click here 

Inaugural lecture on "Good vibes on the internet of things"

Good vibes on the internet of things

Hear Professor Norbert Hoffmann's inaugural lecture.

Hear Professor Norbert Hoffmann on the lessons for mechanical engineering from advances in smart systems and data science in his inaugural lecture.

Click here to find out more about Professor Norbert Hoffman's inaugural lecture. 

Inaugural lecture on "Small, smart turbines"

Small, smart turbines - a low carbon need

Hear Professor Ricardo Martinez-Botas's inaugural lecture.

Downsizing the internal combustion engine may be the key to low carbon vehicles, says Professor Ricardo Martinez-Botas in his inaugural lecture.

Click here to find out more about Professor Ricardo Martinez-Botas's inaugural lecture

Materials at their limit

Materials at their limit

Hear Professor John Dear's inaugural lecture.

Professor John Dear explains how research is helping us understand how materials and structures could fail under extreme conditions such as blasts.

To find out more about Professor John Dear's inaugural lecture click here

Distinguished lectures

Climate Change: Dealing with Complexity

Sir Hugh Ford Lecture delivered by Professor Frank P. Incropera from University of Notre Dame on 2nd November 2016.

Climate Change: Dealing with Complexity

Climate Change: Dealing with Complexity

Frank P. Incropera

Sir Hugh Ford Lecture delivered by Professor Frank P. Incropera from University of Notre Dame on 2nd November 2016.

Renishaw and manufacturing in a digital era

Design and Manufacturing Process Interdependence

Geoff McFarland

Distinguished Lecture delivered by Geoff McFarland, Group Engineering Director of Renishaw plc, on 29th June 2015. 

Applying the Molecular Principles of Engineering

Applying the Molecular Principles of Engineering

Phillip R. Westmoreland

Distinguished lecture delivered by Phillip R. Westmoreland, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University