Newsletter 47

Integrating Innovations

There are lots of reasons why new technology doesn’t succeed, even if it is good technology. To give something creative the best chance of success, it should leverage previous lessons learned and build on what is known. Managing the development process well is also a key to getting it right. In the end though, even if you consider the context and system outside your process, success requires a lot of things to align in addition to what can be controlled. For that reason we should celebrate engineering icons. Happy Reading.

Design Features That Make Fatigue Failure More Likely

Design Features That Make Fatigue Failure More Likely

It’s good to be reminded once in a while of past component failures and the lessons we’ve learned. With vision, existing knowledge and understanding can still be applied to novel, unrelated designs. It’s also nicer to learn from someone else’s parts breaking.

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Cycle World, January 2023


Adding Tidal Stream Power to Solar and Wind 'Significantly Enhances Energy Security'

Adding Tidal Stream Power to Solar and Wind 'Significantly Enhances Energy Security'

It isn’t just the lowest cost per nameplate rating that is important for renewable energy systems, but how the scheme matches the needs of the users. A mix of renewable sources is effective at balancing supply with community demand and reducing the need for reserves. It also works to reduce the facility footprint needed.

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IMechE News, February 2023


Your Team Doesn’t Need You to Be the Hero

Your Team Doesn’t Need You to Be the Hero

Leaders have a responsibility to respond to problems, but also to avoid confirmation bias in choosing their responses. However, that doesn't mean they should start doing someone else's job. If you don't trust your team, maybe you have the wrong team.

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Kellogg Insight, November 2022


Farewell to the 747 – Boeing Delivers the Last of its Iconic Jumbo Jets

Farewell to the 747 – Boeing Delivers the Last of its Iconic Jumbo Jets

The influential 747 changed air travel. It first flew before man landed on the moon and was produced for over 50 years. Who can forget the glamour of the on-board piano bar, unless of course you didn't see the 1960s promotions and only experienced the cattle-class of later years?

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IMechE News, February 2023