Engineering Science and Education Journal

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  • The other transistor: early history of the metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):233 - 240
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    The silicon metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET or MOS transistor) did not become significant commercially until two decades after the 1948 announcement of the invention of the transistor by Bell Laboratories. The underlying concept of the MOSFET-modulation of conductivity in a semiconductor triode structure by a transverse electric field-first appeared in a 1928 patent appli... View full abstract»

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  • Auxetic materials: the positive side of being negative

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):148 - 154
    Cited by:  Patents (5)
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    An auxetic material is one which gets fatter when it is stretched. Thus, unlike most materials, it has a negative Poisson's ratio. This review looks at examples of auxetic materials, the effect the negative Poisson's ratio has on their mechanical properties and how these fascinating new materials can be used in applications as diverse as smart fasteners, replacement blood vessels and curved car do... View full abstract»

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  • An introduction to mixed-signal IC test and measurement [Book Reviews]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 200
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  • Modified nodal analysis: an essential addition to electrical circuit theory and analysis

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):84 - 92
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    The known limitations of classical mesh and nodal methods of analysing linear electrical circuits are described before considering an established modification of the nodal approach. The method, known as 'modified nodal analysis', has none of the limitations of the basic nodal technique and is well suited both to symbolic and numeric analysis of complex circuits using modern matrix-based software. ... View full abstract»

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  • Using Rogowski coils for transient current measurements

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):105 - 113
    Cited by:  Papers (86)  |  Patents (8)
    IEEE is not the copyright holder of this material | Click to expandAbstract |PDF file iconPDF (639 KB)

    The Rogowski-coil method of measuring electric current has developed into a versatile measuring system with many applications throughout industry and in research. The technique possesses many features which offer an advantage over iron-cored current measuring devices and these are well illustrated by considering how it can be used for measuring transient currents. The authors describe the principl... View full abstract»

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  • The genesis of the Wheatstone bridge

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):37 - 40
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    In the paper in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society in which Wheatstone described the DC bridge that now bears his name, he attributes the idea of the bridge to S.H. Christie. French and German translations published the following year and possibly prepared from a preprint of the paper do not carry this attribution and this may explain why the bridge does not bear Christie's name. ... View full abstract»

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  • Novel aluminium-silicon alloys for electronics packaging

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):195 - 201
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    A novel series of aluminium-silicon alloys has been developed using the Osprey method. These high silicon (50-70 wt%) content alloys have fine, isotropic microstructure. Unlike the conventional silicon-carbide-containing metal matrix composites (MMCs), the new alloys are readily machinable using conventional carbide tools and are easily platable with nickel, copper, silver and gold. The electropla... View full abstract»

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  • Deception, technology and the D-day invasion

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):81 - 88
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    In the planning of Operation Overlord, the D-day invasion of 1944, it was essential that the enemy should be deceived regarding the time and place of the sea-borne assault. Deception plans ensured that the enemy's forces were deployed in several possible invasion zones so as to minimise the expected opposition to the invasion. Many of the deception plans were highly effective. Of particular note, ... View full abstract»

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  • Getting at deep learning: a problem-based approach

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):234 - 240
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    The use of aims and objectives in the design of an engineering education are reviewed, together with the approaches to learning adopted by students. Characteristics of degree courses which inhibit students achieving these aims and objectives are described. The mismatch between the aims in teaching and the reality of what students learn is then addressed. A problem-based learning course is describe... View full abstract»

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  • Introduction to fuel cells and hydrogen technology

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):205 - 216
    Cited by:  Papers (21)
    IEEE is not the copyright holder of this material | Click to expandAbstract |PDF file iconPDF (1255 KB)

    Whereas the 19th century was the century of the steam engine and the 20th century was the century of the internal combustion engine, it is likely that the 21st century will be the century of the fuel cell. Full cells are now on the verge of being introduced commercially, revolutionising the way we presently produce power. Fuel cells can use hydrogen as a fuel, offering the prospect of supplying th... View full abstract»

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  • The optophone: an electronic blind aid

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):137 - 143
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    This article presents a short but detailed description of the optophone-its origins as a reading device for the blind, the various stages of its development, and the possibility of its use as a mobility aid for the blind. Research into the use of stereo vision is described as an aid to information reduction, in the hope of remedying the problems of information overload that commonly plague electro... View full abstract»

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  • Enhancing creativity in engineering students

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):185 - 192
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    There is an increasing perception of the need for graduates of engineering to be creative thinkers and innovators. It is however, not clear how creativity can be nurtured or fostered within students or how it can be assessed. What is creativity? What blocks it and what facilitates it? What potential do students have for creative thinking and how can this be enhanced? What is the creative process a... View full abstract»

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  • The Alexanderson alternator

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):37 - 42
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    The Alexanderson alternator was a rotary mechanical generator of radio carrier-waves at frequencies up to 100 kHz and beyond, developed in the early 1900s. In spite of the many technical problems involved in constructing machines of this sort they proved to be very successful, particularly for military work. One fully operational installation still exists today in southern Sweden View full abstract»

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  • Manchester encoding: opposing definitions resolved

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):278 - 280
    Cited by:  Papers (15)  |  Patents (6)
    IEEE is not the copyright holder of this material | Click to expandAbstract |PDF file iconPDF (180 KB)

    Manchester encoding is widely used to provide clock and data information simultaneously via a single connection. There are two opposing-and incompatible-definitions of Manchester encoding where the rising edge in the centre of the data bit indicates either a logic “1” or alternatively a logic “0”. This paper resolves the differences and identifies the originator of the meth... View full abstract»

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  • Volumetric three-dimensional display systems: their past, present and future

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):196 - 200
    Cited by:  Papers (9)  |  Patents (1)
    IEEE is not the copyright holder of this material | Click to expandAbstract |PDF file iconPDF (385 KB)

    Volumetric three-dimensional displays are those in which images are generated within a display volume, rather than upon a stationary surface. Since the images are physically three-dimensional, most visual depth cues are automatically satisfied, without the need for observers to wear special glasses or headgear. Moreover, an all-round view of the images is usually possible. Many ideas for volumetri... View full abstract»

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  • Some early transistor applications in the UK

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):100 - 106
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    It is 50 years since the transistor was announced by Bell Laboratories. This article recounts the author's experiences with transistors and their applications in the early years of what has been called the transistor revolution. In the first few years there was a chronic shortage of transistors. Early applications included computers, which offered the promise of providing data on the reliability o... View full abstract»

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  • Properties of porous silicon: EMIS Datareviews Series No. 18 [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s): 58
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  • Neurotechnology

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):135 - 144
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    Microengineering techniques are being used to address the problems associated with producing an intimate interface between the nervous system and microelectronic devices. As a result of the growing availability of micromachining technology, research into neurotechnology has grown relatively rapidly in recent years and appears to be approaching `critical mass'. This article provides an abridged int... View full abstract»

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  • Properties Of Silicon Carbide

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s): 212
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  • Intelligent sensors using neural networks: the example of a microsystem for visual inspection

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):236 - 240
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    The aim of this article is to show how artificial neural networks and 3D packaging technology have a major role to play in the development of microsystems. A visual inspection system for real-time identification of objects in a scene is described. The system comprises a CMOS or CCD imager, an analogue preprocessing stage that includes a learning mechanism for adapting the system to images of diffe... View full abstract»

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  • AI and the information society [CAI]

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):4 - 8
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    An alternative to leaving the underemployed sectors of the population to the outpourings of the entertainment industries is to make computer-assisted self-instruction more available and more effective. This article discusses the uses of machine learning in education and training and presents the results of an experiment in which children are able to learn by acting as teachers for an artificial pu... View full abstract»

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  • New developments and future trends in high-efficiency lighting

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):207 - 217
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    There have been several developments in lamp technology and remote lighting systems that promise savings in electrical power consumption and improved quality of the lighting space. This article reviews the developments in fluorescent lamps, metal halide lamps, electrodeless lamps, sulphur lamps, LED lamps, electronic ballasts, and lighting fixtures. Remote lighting systems using hollow light-guide... View full abstract»

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  • Properties of crystalline silicon [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s): 178
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  • Computer aided circuit analysis and design projects for electronic engineering students

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):23 - 32
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    The integration of circuit simulation programs into an undergraduate electronics curriculum is discussed. Several projects are presented which combine application of a computer package with corresponding practical experiments in the electronics laboratory. In this way, students learn that electronic circuits are not simply blackboard theory but tangible objects which only given the optimum perform... View full abstract»

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  • The use of managed learning environments and automated assessment for supporting large-group teaching

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):193 - 198
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    There are many pedagogical and resource issues associated with teaching very large groups. These relate to the delivery of course materials, student support and assessment. This paper describes the delivery and assessment of a course in Accounting and Finance studied by 310 students in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. 'Blackboard', a Web-based managed learning e... View full abstract»

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  • Professional skills for first-year engineering students

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):23 - 28
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    A new component has been introduced to the first-year engineering course at the University of Edinburgh (UK) aiming to promote study skills under the guise of professional engineering. This article looks at the philosophy and implementation of this new component and relates the authors' experience so far in the hope that this may benefit other educators working on similar projects View full abstract»

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  • Environmental ethics for engineers

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):13 - 19
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    In the past engineers have generally sought and implemented technical solutions to problems posed by other people and not considered ethical issues related to the environmental and social impacts of solving these problems. Engineering ethics has largely been concerned with professionalism and responsibility for technical competence rather than wider social and environmental issues. This article co... View full abstract»

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  • An overview of the powder processing of soft magnetic composites

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):237 - 240
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    The technique of powder metallurgy is becoming increasingly common in the electrical manufacturing industry. It not only eliminates a number of steps in the manufacturing process, but uses less energy and gives near-net shape results which require few, or no finishing steps. The process is suitable for soft magnetic composites, and appropriate heat treatments can further tailor properties to a spe... View full abstract»

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  • Learning outcomes and their assessment in higher education

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):161 - 168
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    IEEE is not the copyright holder of this material | Click to expandAbstract |PDF file iconPDF (740 KB)

    A learning outcome is a statement of learning achievement which may take the form of the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, an intellectual skill or a practical skill. Well expressed statements of intended learning outcomes help both tutors and students. They provide a clear explanation of what is required to complete successfully a module in a programme of study providing there are strong l... View full abstract»

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  • The evolution of the synchronous machine

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):239 - 248
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    The author discusses the beginnings of the synchronous machine at the end of the 19th century. In particular the author discusses the first long-distance transmission of high voltage three phase power using a machine with a power output of 210 kW at the International Exposition at Frankfurt in 1891. This machine is described in detail. Milestone in the development of the synchronous machine and hy... View full abstract»

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  • Engineering and technology education for women in the new century

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s):145 - 152
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    In the late 20th century, there was an upward trend in the number of women entering the traditionally male dominated technology professions. Lately, this trend has not just stopped but has begun to slide downhill. If we are to combat this situation, society as a whole needs to take action. This paper discusses possible causes of this phenomenon, through a combination of the authors' own experience... View full abstract»

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  • Green energy?

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):221 - 227
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    The UK gets nearly all its energy from the fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas etc.) and nuclear power, approximately 15% being consumed in the form of electricity. It is now well known that the burning of fossil fuels is accompanied by atmospheric pollution in the form of acid rain, ozone depletion and the greenhouse effect. Renewable energy sources, e.g. wind, solar, tidal, wave, hydroelectric and geot... View full abstract»

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  • Sound transmission through normal and diseased human lungs

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):25 - 31
    Cited by:  Papers (2)  |  Patents (5)
    IEEE is not the copyright holder of this material | Click to expandAbstract |PDF file iconPDF (892 KB)

    A system for monitoring sound transmission through the human lung is described and the possibility of using this information in order to construct a functional map of the lung is investigated. Lung morphology (structure) may be monitored by using X-rays or computerised axial tomography (CAT). However, the size, cost and the possible adverse effects of high doses of X-rays make these techniques uns... View full abstract»

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  • The changing nature of engineering [technology history]

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):231 - 239
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    Engineering artefacts play major roles in the evolution of mankind and culture. Engineering artefacts have evolved. Their natures have changed as Man has changed. Today, the engineering profession and the education of engineers are challenged by the rapidly changing nature of those engineering systems which determine what is meant by `modern technology' and which make possible new industries of gl... View full abstract»

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  • Properties, growth and applications of diamond [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2002, Page(s): 56
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  • Computer controlled piezo micromanipulation system for biomedical applications

    Publication Year: 2001, Page(s):249 - 256
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    This paper presents the development of a computer-controlled piezo manipulation system for biomedical applications such as intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The hardware set-up and control strategies are described in detail to illustrate the advantages of this approach compared to manually based injection methods. When used for ICSI an improved success rate in terms of oocyte survival and ... View full abstract»

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  • Laying the foundations for effective teamwork

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):15 - 19
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    Team skills may be developed in students by lectured instruction on these skills and by explicitly delegating to each team member the responsibility for applying them. The author outlines this approach and reviews student feedback on their own development.<> View full abstract»

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  • Sustainable development, engineering education and activity

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):257 - 265
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    This paper is concerned principally with a view of engineering, engineering education and sustainable activity in the United Kingdom. It presents a synoptic review of current environmental issues and the response of the engineering profession in its widest sense. It highlights the tentative impetus for 'greening' undergraduate curricula and the response by industry to environmental issues. The imp... View full abstract»

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  • Robotics and its role in helping disabled people

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):267 - 272
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    IEEE is not the copyright holder of this material | Click to expandAbstract |PDF file iconPDF (481 KB)

    Robotic technology promises considerable help to people with severe physical disability. The realisation of practical solutions to keep the promise has been slow. A number of systems, including wheelchair-mounted manipulators and vocational workstations, are now under active development and close to market. One area in which a robotic solution is achieving some success is the Handy 1 automated eat... View full abstract»

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  • Living in harmony-industrial microwave heating and cellular radio

    Publication Year: 1993, Page(s):233 - 239
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    The 900 MHz band has been used for industrial microwave heating for many years, for such diverse applications as thawing or tempering of large blocks of frozen food, continuous baking and continuous vulcanisation of rubber. The UK, TACS (Total Access Communication System) cellular radio network is also assigned to this band and the two operations have happily co-existed without serious problems. R... View full abstract»

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  • The WPI interactive qualifying project-a model for British engineering education?

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):49 - 56
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    Spurred by diminishing enrolments and public hostility towards technology in the late 1960s, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the third oldest private technological university in the USA, introduced a new curriculum. Central to this were two student projects, one in the student's subject of specialisation and the other, the interactive qualifying project (IQP), intended to provide groups of ... View full abstract»

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  • CFCs, ozone depletion and their impact on the electronics industry. I. Background

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):131 - 141
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    The recent proof that man-made chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are seriously damaging the ozone layer and the suggestion that they may contribute to the global warming phenomenon, has led to the development of international regulatory controls through the Montreal Protocol. The expected tightening of these controls sill inevitably result in the virtual disappearance of these solvents over the next few ... View full abstract»

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  • Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, the father of radar

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):31 - 40
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    The use of radar in World War II to track incoming enemy bombers was a vital factor in the successful defence of Great Britain against air attack both by day and by night. It also made a valuable contribution to our conduct of the war at sea and to our bomber offensive. We owe the fact that both ground and airborne radar were developed in an operationally effective form in time for use in World Wa... View full abstract»

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  • Personal and professional skills for engineers: one industry's perspective

    Publication Year: 1996, Page(s):139 - 142
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    This paper covers the nontechnical skills required by engineers working in the oil and gas industry and is based on a survey conducted during the first quarter of 1995 which dealt specifically with employers' opinions on the personal and professional skills required by their engineers. The survey also canvassed the views of employers on what additional training in specific areas would benefit rece... View full abstract»

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  • Sensors and instrumentation systems: an innovative approach to undergraduate projects

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):99 - 103
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    In the undergraduate teaching of sensors and instrumentation systems Glasgow Caledonian University uses joint projects involving a physics student and a chemistry student working together on a relevant industrial problem. This type of project provides a rich environment for active learning, which is essential for the development of the transferable skills required by industry. The major advantages... View full abstract»

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  • Approximate boundary conditions in electromagnetics [book review]

    Publication Year: 1996
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  • A.D. Blumlein-engineer extraordinary

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):19 - 33
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    A.D. Blumlein was possibly the greatest British electronics engineer so far this century. By the time of his death in 1942 at the age of 38 he had been granted 128 patents-on average one for every six weeks of this working life-testimony to an inventive genius who made a major impact in the fields of telephony, electrical measurements, sound recording, television and radar. The author presents a b... View full abstract»

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  • Acid rain: its effects on lakes, streams and fish

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):65 - 69
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    Emissions of sulphur and nitrogen oxides from power stations make a major contribution to the acidification of surface waters with adverse consequences for fish and other aquatic life. The results of a recent six-year Anglo-Scandinavian research programme enables the progressive acidification of surface waters in relation to topography, geology, soil type, climate and land use to be accounted for.... View full abstract»

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  • Electrically charged filter materials

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):71 - 79
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    Filters made from ordinary textile fibres are too coarse to remove micrometre-sized dust particles, which are responsible for much respiratory disease. If, however, an electric charge is applied to the fibres, a filter can provide a very good respiratory protection. Fibres can be charged by triboelectric exchange, by corona or by induction; and charge levels can give rise to electric fields in the... View full abstract»

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  • Applications for solid-state high-voltage pulsers

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):113 - 120
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    The author describes advances in high-voltage solid-state pulser technology which have allowed the generation of multi-kilovolt pulses with less than one tenth of a nanosecond risetime. High-speed camera design, laser pulse switching and broadband radar have benefited from the developments which have provided a range of compact pulse sources. The low jitter and high repetition rate of these bench-... View full abstract»

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The Engineering Science and Education Journal was published by the IET between 1992 and 2002.

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