Engineering Matters

Engineering Matters

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#122 Decarbonisation: Growing Roads on Trees
August 26, 2021

In this episode we look at how a new plant-based bitumen will be incorporated into asphalt mixtures currently being developed. The hope is that this will allow clients to build roads that act as carbo

#121 Batteries: The Lithium-Silicon Age
August 19, 2021

After a decade of growth, there were 10 million electric cars on the world’s roads by the end of 2020. This growth trend is set to continue, with at least 145 million on the roads by 2030. The perform

#120 Recycled Plastic: The Canadian Potential
August 12, 2021

In 2019, Justin Trudeau declared war on plastic waste. And single-use plastics were listed as a toxic material in Canada in May of this year. Before long, Canadian companies will have to find a use fo

#119 The Grange: Saving Time, Saving Lives
August 04, 2021

As COVID-19 rampaged across the UK in 2020, society shut down and hospitals reached breaking point. For engineers building The Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran, South Wales their work took on a g

#118 Gateway: The Lunar Space Station
July 29, 2021

The last time a person walked on the moon was 14 December 1972. Almost 50 years ago. Since then, human operations have been confined to Earth orbit. But during that time, technology has not stood stil

#117 How Sails Could Save Shipping
July 22, 2021

The first boats that harnessed the wind to skip over the waves may have been built 8,000 years ago. Several hundred years later, the earliest seaborne trading networks began to form in the Aegean and

#116 Climate Change: Islands on the Frontline
July 15, 2021

Island states are at the forefront of climate change. Rising sea levels mean more coastal erosion, overtopping of defences and salinification of land. More frequent and devastating severe weather even

#115 The Circular Road
July 08, 2021

In this episode we explain how one of the world’s biggest problems – plastic waste can be reused in state of the art, energy-efficient road-building products. Working with Cumbria County Council withi

#114 Engineering with Dogs
July 01, 2021

Ecologists on infrastructure projects have some new team members: Conservation dogs. Their superior olfactory systems mean that they can sniff out a plethora of protected species from great crested ne

#113 Food Waste: Making a Net Zero Jet Fuel
June 24, 2021

Every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted. The waste occurs all through the supply chain, from the farm itself, all the way to the household. It represents enough calories to potentially feed every undernourished person on the planet,