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QinetiQ’s Schools Powerboat Challenge
tudents in the South of England a competition held at its Ocean Basin The Challenge was won by Applemore
had an excellent opportunity to in Gosport. Pupils between 13 and 16 Technology College, with their model
learn about the exciting potential from eight schools worked in teams of was a carbon-fibre monohull design
of design and engineering careers in four or five to design, build and race that had many of the QinetiQ engineers
the marine industry, thanks to the first radio-controlled model powerboats scratching their heads but it worked very
QinetiQ Schools Powerboat Challenge, either as part of their curriculum or as well and showed a great turn of speed
funded by The Royal Society and an extra-curricular activity. when the team worked out how to steer
supported by the Royal Institution of Each team had to present their design the innovative design. The team received
Naval Architects, and The Smallpeice to the panel of sponsors, followed by a number of prizes; these included a
Trust. three races, in which the teams aimed large trophy, an invitation to return for a
The Challenge gave pupils valuable to build up points. The racing could not tour of the world-class Ocean Basin and
experience considering design needs, have been closer with some boats going Towing Tank at QinetiQ Haslar site and
creating solutions, solving problems two or three abreast around the buoys in a year’s free Junior Membership of the
and building a working model boat with the Ocean Basin. Royal Institution of Naval Architects.
The winning team from Applemore Technology College
CO-PATCH - Composite Patch Repair For
Marine And Civil Engineering Infrastructure
n January 2010 a consortium of 15 structural types will be dealt with in this patch works as a crack arrestor by decreasing
SMEs and RTDs from eight European work, namely marine structures (mainly the stress in the area of the crack tip in the case
countries have kick started a three-year ships) and steel civil engineering structures of cracked structures. A part of the applied
European (FP7) funded project on (e.g. bridges). load is transferred from the base plate through
Composite Patch Repair for Marine and Composite material patching is a very an adhesive layer to the composite patch, thus
Civil Engineering Infrastructure Applications promising method for repairing and/or reducing the stress levels in the substrate.
- COPATCH. This is a novel effective repair reinforcing steel structures. Composite A full report of the consortium’s work is
and/or reinforcement method for large steel patches prevent crack growth and extend the published in the online Technical Forum at
structures with defects. Two basic steel lifetime of the repaired structure. A composite
6 Rina affairs March 2010
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