Norwich   Engineering   Society

Sadly because of Covid19 all talks in the 2021-2022 season will be presented in a virtual environment using 'Zoom'as our meeting place.

Any one wishing to take part in a talk is advised to down load a 'Zoom' client, if they don't already have such an app, onto their computer. If you don't have one it takes much longer to join a meeting!


Currently the programme is being reconstructed assuming that we will keep the same date/time slots as per our traditional approach; roughly every other Monday starting at 19.30. To keep abreast of developments please watch this space.

1 November 2021
Talk entitled "Hertha Ayrton - the first woman Member of the IEE"
19.30 at the Zoom

by Tony Meacock, NES Member and former President

Summary: This a change to our programme; the then speaker has asked if she can be moved to a January or February date. Former President Tony Meacock has kindly offered to give a replacement talk.

He has taken his lead from Britannica which states that "In 1899 Ayrton read her paper on the hissing of the electric arc to the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE). She was the first woman to do so and also became the first woman member of the IEE."

15 November 2021
Talk entitled "Self Suffiency and Sustainability from an Engineering Perspective"
19.30 at the Zoom

by David Bowyer, TBA

Summary: Climate change is the biggest crisis ever to face us humans and as engineers we have a big part to play in combating it. Technological solutions aplenty are being mooted, mostly based on enabling us to carry on with our lifestyles and the economy as before. But is this enough?

I have had cause to consider this during 11 years living a largely self-sufficient lifestyle. It is clear to me that self-sufficiency and sustainability can and should be complementary. I have also been able to apply my skills as a professional and practical engineer in a low tech, low impact way to reduce my footprint on the world.

In the talk I will discuss some of the key issues of climate, sustainability and how we can all help reduce our impact rather that rely on high tech solutions that potentially introduce other problems.

29 November 2021
Talk entitled "The Spitfire wing"
19.30 at the Zoom

by Richard Aldridge, NES Member

Summary: This talk was inspired by a recent flight. I have always wondered why the Spitfire had the wing shape it did. What inspired R J Mitchell to settle on this. It turns out that there are good aerodynamic reasons for his choice. This talk looks, without going into great mathematical detail, at what these are. It also examines other possible solutions to the problem of reducing induced drag.

13 December 2021
Talk entitled "(provisional)Knowles Capacitors-Past, Present and Future"
19.30 at the Zoom

by S Hopwood and P Moore, Knowles Capacitors, NES Members

Summary: Whenever

24 January 2022
Talk entitled "(provisional)Engineering involved in Water Treatment"
19.30 at the Zoom

by Max Anderson, Gurney Environmental

Summary: Coming soon

7 February 2022
Talk entitled "How do you flight test a Space Shuttle."
19.30 at the zoom

by Dr Allan Parker, Hanwell Consulting and NES Member

Summary: Dr Parker was employed on several NASA projects. He has kindly agreed to talk about one of the projects he was involved with when he was working on the Space Shuttle program(me).

21 February 2022
Talk entitled "Fuel Cells-What they are,how they work and how they are used."
19.30 at the Zoom

by Dr Richard Aldridge, NES Member

Summary: Whenever

7 March 2022
Talk entitled "(Prov)Solar Radiation and the production of Hydrogen"
19.30 at the zoom

by Dr I H Gentle, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland

Summary: Isaac Gentle is undertaking Post Doctoral research into the production of Hydrogen using solar radiation.

21 March 2022
Talk entitled "Multi Dimensional Presentations"
19.30 at the Zoom

by Dr Donard DeCogan, NES Member

Summary: Coming soon

4 April 2022
Talk entitled "AGM"
19.30 at the Zoom

by NES President, NES

Summary: Formal business followed by Members talks

3 October 2022
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the ?+Zoom

by TBA,

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17 October 2022
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the ?+Zoom

by TBA,

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31 October 2022
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the ?+Zoom

by TBA,

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14 November 2022
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the ?+Zoom

by TBA,

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28 November 2022
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the ?+Zoom

by TBA,

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12 December 2022
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the ?+Zoom

by TBA,

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23 January 2023
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the ?+Zoom

by TBA,

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6 February 2023
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the ?+Zoom

by TBA,

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20 February 2023
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the ?+Zoom

by TBA,

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6 March 2023
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the ?+Zoom

by TBA,

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20 March 2023
Talk entitled "TBA"
19.30 at the ?+Zoom

by TBA,

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3 April 2023
AGM followed by "TBA"
19.30 at the ?+Zoom

by TBA,

Summary: