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Pentagon Plastics: Design for injection moulding masterclass 2014
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Pentagon Plastics: Design for injection moulding masterclass 2014

Pentagon plastics visits 12th and 19th March 2014 All images are courtesy of Martyna Konopka and Chloe Fong. Injection moulding is a fascinating technical area. It’s one we hear of constantly in the design world, and for most designers it’s the knee jerk response to the age old “how’s it made?” question when designing anything plastic … Continue reading

Real world FEA and CFD insights – guest lecture by Gary Mcdonald from Trivista
news / parametric analysis & modeling in CAD/FEA

Real world FEA and CFD insights – guest lecture by Gary Mcdonald from Trivista

This morning we had a very special guest, Gary Mcdonald (shown here showing his passion for simulation!) one of the two guru directors from Trivista. Trivista specialise and consult in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solutions for real world industry applications. Gary went through 4 varied yet insightful case studies from his experience with … Continue reading

The exponential cost of high end bikes…
bicycle engineering design / news / sports engineering design

The exponential cost of high end bikes…

I’ve been tinkering with some initial data, looking into an analysis of the cost of bicycles and perhaps unsurprisingly the data highlights that the cost of high end bicycles, appears to be exponentially linked to their mass (or lack of it!). Shown here are 84 mostly carbon road bikes (published on bikeradar.com), with their cost (RRP in … Continue reading

Parametric finite element analysis of bicycle frame stiffness
bicycle engineering design / my research / news / parametric analysis & modeling in CAD/FEA / sports engineering design

Parametric finite element analysis of bicycle frame stiffness

Performing Finite Element Analysis (FEA) on bicycle frames has become a common activity for bicycle designers and engineers in the hope of improving the performance of frames. This is typically achieved by balancing priorities for key requirements, including minimising the mass of the frame (possibly using competition rules to constrain this), maximising lateral stiffness in … Continue reading