Steam trains, bridges and potential catastrophe

Professor Martyn Pavier explores steam trains, bridges and potential catastrophe. By testing how cyclical loading patterns differ from static ones he explains how the effect is a crucial consideration when choosing materials for use in load-bearing structures like railway bridges.

To help demonstrate this continuing importance of materials testing in modern engineering Professor Pavier heads to the station, hops on a lop-sided bicycle and explores the history of the bridge-collapse in the age of steam.

This film is part of a project funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering to develop the on camera communication skills of engineers across the UK.

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I found this article very informative. However, was it necessary to have such a technical subject backed by the now all to common sound tack of someone learning to play the drums. I like drums in pipe bands, military bands and brass bands, but I find that in other situations they have become nothing but an unwanted sound pollutant. Noise pollution has become the bane of modern life. Many more people need to become aware that what they might find entertaining, thousands more will regard as a intrusive and pointless racket.

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