Tuesday 2nd February 2010 by C. Freeman
Students have designed a tool to solve an engineering problem and now it is being fabricated to see how effective it is in real life. Rebekah Hadley, James Chalkley, Joshua Hilton and Luke Saville were tasked with coming up with a way of removing the inner weld from steel tubes as their project for this year's Engineering Education scheme.
The Sixth Formers have previously visited Corus Tubes to see the problem in situ, and Corus engineer, Mr Matthew Ashworth, went to mentor them when they attended a residential at the University of Loughborough.
During the three-day event the students worked 12 hour days, discussed their ideas with professors from the University and got to meet students working on Engineering Education projects from other schools.
Josh Hilton said: 'As we were there for three whole days without interruption we could really get our heads around the project. Ours was probably the most complicated project and there were experts there who we were able to discuss our ideas with.'
The team have designed a tool which they think is an improvement on the one currently being used at Corus Tubes and a prototype is now being fabricated from steel. Once it is ready they will return to Corus Tubes and see how it actually performs.