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Department of Engineering

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Congratulations to Oliver Vogt and Stefano Giani to receive continued support for Entrepreneurial Engineering Design Education

We are delighted to have received additional funding from the University's Enterprise Education Fund in order to continue with advanced prototyping activities as part of our Engineering Desing teaching journey throughout all years of UG Education at Durham. This additional funding will be used to strengthen the outstanding success of designing highly relevant products and services.

(13 Jul 2020) » More about Congratulations to Oliver Vogt and Stefano Giani to receive continued support for Entrepreneurial Engineering Design Education


Thermofluids research lab resumes

Thermofluids facilities are now open and supporting a range of research activities. Remember to book your required time by using the electronic booking system. This allows work to be supported in a safe and manageable way.

(9 Jul 2020) » More about Thermofluids research lab resumes


Civil Engineering research lab resumes

Civil Engineering facilities are now open and supporting a range of research activities. Remember you need to book your required time by using the electronic booking system.This allows work to be supported in a safe and manageable way during the current situation.

(8 Jul 2020) » More about Civil Engineering research lab resumes


Workshop resumes supporting research activities

The Mechanical Workshop has already begun supporting our research activities while working safely, respecting social distancing , and adhering to University guidelines regarding Covid-19.

Our safe working protocols are clearly marked on the main door designated for entry and exit. For all work requests please contact Workshop Manager Colin Wintrip, colin.wintrip@durham.ac.uk ext 42475

(7 Jul 2020) » More about Workshop resumes supporting research activities


Congratulations to Colin Wintrip for winning Durham University Volunteering Awards 2020

Colin Wintrip from the Mechanical Workshop was nominated by one of his team for his dedication and determination in organising his technicians to produce over 1500 emergency visors when there was a major shortage affecting local medics. Visors were produced for several North East hospitals and associated facilities, plus our own University medics and support staff. Colin won the category for the Best Outstanding One Off Event. However he’s keen to point out this was only achieved through the help and support of the technicians involved in the initiative.

(29 Jun 2020) » More about Congratulations to Colin Wintrip for winning Durham University Volunteering Awards 2020


Recently funded PhD studentship open for application

Two fully funded PhD positions open for application. Deadline 31/08/2020

  1. Data-driven cyber-physical system control for Realising Efficient Smart Street lighting (DRESS)
  2. Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Management

(15 Jun 2020)


Congratulations to Ashraf, Marti and David for winning a Royal Academy of Engineering project

Dr Ashraf Osman, Dr Marti Lloret-Cabot and Professor David Toll have been successful in securing funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering for a project entitled "Shallow Landslide Susceptibility Mapping in Rize, Turkey". This project aims to develop a deeper understanding of the mechanism of shallow landslides in unsaturated soils. It also aims to prepare a landslide susceptibility map for the city of Rize in northern Turkey. The susceptibility map will have the potential to impact hazard mitigation and development planning in the region. The project will be carried out in collaboration with the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. The duration of the project is two years (April 2020-April 2022). The funding received from the RAEng is £80k (not FEC). 

(4 May 2020)


Engineering staff are responding to a national call for help in the fight against coronavirus by manufacturing essential equipment for doctors and healthcare workers

Engineering staff at Durham University are using their expertise and the first class facilities in the Engineering Department to produce face visors for frontline NHS staff working in hospitals and healthcare practices in the North East region.

The University’s Research and Innovation Service (RIS) received the first request for visors on Tuesday morning and, working in partnership with the staff in the Department of Engineering, the first prototype was delivered within three days. A team of highly skilled technical staff presented ideas, formulated solutions and developed a manufacturing procedure to produce batches of face visors for use by healthcare workers in the region, including the Claypath and University Medical Group, University Hospital North Durham and GP practices across the Durham and Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group.

(15 Apr 2020) » More about Engineering staff help fight coronavirus


Energy Consumption Improvement

The Department of Engineering has received its latest energy certificate (DEC) which has jumped up the rankings in the right direction for the third consecutive year in a row. The overall reduction in electricity usage is 7.02%, a saving of 102,331 kWh, 28.4 CO2 tonnes. Gas demand is down 15.48% in real terms, and adjusting for degree days (i.e. weather adjusted) the reduction is 8.43%. This is a saving of 270,222 kWh, 49.79 CO2 tonnes. Both actual gas and electric use in the Department is below the benchmark for this type of building. The Department will continue in its efforts towards sustainable energy use.

(9 Apr 2020) » More about Energy Consumption Improvement


Engineering's workshops and laboratories

The Mechanical Workshop team have been hard at work producing new compact wind tunnels in support of Open Day practical engineering experiences for our potential undergraduate students. Sadly due to Coronavirus the post offer visit days this term have been cancelled to protect health but we look forward to using the wind tunnels at future events.

(20 Mar 2020) » More about Engineering's workshops and laboratories


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