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Electricity Generation: Non Renewables

Fossil Fuels and nuclear energy still account for over 60% of the UK's electricity generation and in some countries their use is even on the rise. As well as containing clear explanations and graphics to illustrate how energy from coal, gas and uranium is used to generate electricity, this clip explores the...

Electricity Generation: Renewables

This film clip shows how steam is used to drive turbines in power stations which burn fossil fuels. It then looks at how turbines can be adapted to be driven by alternative energy sources, and examines the advantages and disadvantages of energy sources such as wind, to solar, biomass, hydroelectric power, tidal and...

Faraday Challenges

Faraday Challenges are designed to promote team work, curiosity and raise the profile of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, so are particularly relevant as part of an enrichment and enhancement programme built into your curriculum.

This guide, from triple science support,...

Textiles: Mass Production Systems and Techniques

This film clip explores the need for a consistent product when supplying the market for uniforms. Customers expect their products to be identical and of the same quality every year. The film shows the a quality control system in a uniform factory, designed to spot defects early in the production process and avoid...

Textiles: Dyeing and Printing

This film clip looks at the process of roller screen printing. The rolling cylinders are loaded onto a machine connected to an ink supply. Inside each cylinder a series of jets continually spray the ink. A steel bar is held in place at the bottom of each roller by an electromagnet to force the ink through the...

Textiles: Industrial Finishing Processes

This film clip describes the use of the textiles finishing process, calendaring. This is a vital process in making materials for use in parachutes, which must allow the right amount of air through. By closing the pores in the fabric, calendaring restricts the airflow through it so that the parachutist does not...

Textiles: Eco Design

Tom is the Creative Director for outdoor eco-clothing brand, Finnister. Their customers not only want clothing which looks...

Testing Textiles

As head technologist for shops like Blacks and Millets, it is Martin Stannard’s job to ensure that all the clothing sold in these stores meets the claims about its performance. He tests every claim about a fabric, such as whether it is waterproof or whether it really does meet a British Standard. This is...

Sustainable Design: Volvo Life Cycle Assessment

This film clip shows how life cycle assessment has resulted in changes to many of the materials used in the production of Volvo cars. The Life Cycle Assessment team test new low emission materials, such as safe plastics and novel textiles, to ensure they have a neutral smell. This is an ongoing process, with...

Sustainable and Recycled Textiles

This film clip looks at how fashion can be created by disassembling, re-cutting and transforming old garments. One business that is using recycled textiles in this way is Junkies Design, who sell their products to an exclusive market. Items in their winter collection are demonstrated, including a jacket made from...

Smart Materials: the Next Generation

This short film clip looks at the use of different materials in a formula one car. With a carbon fibre material, the car can be designed with the correct balance of strength and stiffness so that if the car crashes it will collapse and not crush the driver.

Shape Memory Alloys

This film clip shows some of the latest ideas for aeroplanes being trialled by NASA. Amongst the concepts are wings which change shape while in the air to make the aeroplane faster and more fuel efficient. This is only possible due to a remarkable range of smart materials. One of the materials being used is a...

Product Design, Testing and Modification: Trunki

This film clip looks at the British Safety Standards that had to be met by the ‘Trunki’ – a ride-on suitcase for children. The suitcase has to undergo the same tests which would be used for a bike, including the curb test. This involves placing a 50Kg weight onto the case and then swinging it into a curb edge at...

Product Design and Mass Manufacture Design Optimization

This film clip introduces design optimisation and meeting a design brief. Chris Althorpe, a Senior Designer, was asked to design a highly attractive, small, market leading, multi-functional peak flow meter. Form and function were not the only requirements in the client’s brief. It also needed to be manufactured...

Industrial Design and Testing Designing for Innovation and Safety

This film clip goes to Volvo’s advanced test facility. As safety is the most important element of the Volvo brand, they have invested heavily in what may be the best crash test centre in the world. They can reconstruct almost any collision that may occur in the real world, even re-creating crashes between two...

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