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Experts from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London will show you how a recent development in carbon fibre will make our future daily life tools stronger, more stable and cheaper. And at the same time, who knows that these tools can also be an inspiration for the next generation of knee replacement surgery? Come and join us to discover behind and beyond of our daily life tools!
Allen keys to replacement knees
Dr Richard Jan van Arkel (Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering)
This talk will start at Allen keys, spanners, doors, wheel barrows and seesaws, it will use them to explain why our joints can wear out as we age, before ending up at a challenge facing knee replacement surgery.
Carbon Fiber: Strong and stable, and cheaper!
Dr Soraia Pimenta (Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering)
Carbon-fibre composites are one of the highest-performing structural materials, and offer a combination of high stiffness, strength, and lightweight that cannot be matched by metals. However, manufacturing carbon-fibre structures is a lengthy and expensive process, meaning that the use of carbon-fibre composites has been restricted to relatively low-volume or niche markets (such as aircraft and sports cars). This talk will uncover a new generation of carbon-fibre composites which can be used at a low cost, bringing carbon fibres to everyone's everyday lives.