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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at over 12,000 mph (5.4 kilometers per second). Preparations for this mission have provided, for the first time, dramatic video of the parachute opening at supersonic speed. The Mars 2020 mission will seek signs of ancient Martian life by investiga...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:00 +0100
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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
As part of ESA's strategy to foster commercial competitiveness in Europe while focusing on its core aims, the agency has transferred ownership of several ground tracking stations for reuse by external organisations. By the end of 2017, ESA will have transferred three stations to national organisations in Spain and Portugal, who will take over the provision of satellite tracking services to a wide variety of commercial customers. The three stations involved in the transfer are all equipped ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
Boeing [NYSE:BA] won large commitments across its twin- and single-aisle commercial airplane families, debuted key capabilities including the CST-100 Starliner docking and KC-46 refueling simulators, and announced services agreements at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. "This has been a very successful show for Boeing. Our regional customers have maintained their trust in our products and technology, and our partnerships in the Middle East region continue to grow," said Bernard Dunn, President, Boeing ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO's unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be detected after Proxima b. It is also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life. Ross 128 b will be a prime target for ESO's Extremely ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:29:00 +0100
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), has been chosen by the Italian space agency ASI to develop an instrument called RIME (Radar sounder for Icy Moons Exploration) for the JUICE (JUpiter Icy moons Explorer) mission, part of the European Space Agency's "2015-25 Cosmic Vision" program. Scheduled for launch in 2022 with an expected arrival in 2029, the JUICE mission is designed to study the Jovian system and more specifically its icy moons, Ganymede, Call...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace's December 12 year-ending flight for 2017 has completed its initial build-up at the Spaceport in French Guiana - where preparations also are moving ahead with four satellite passengers that will further expand Europe's Galileo global navigation system once in their final orbit. During activity in the Spaceport's Launcher Integration Building, this heavy-lift vehicle for Arianespace Flight VA240 underwent the assembly process that began by mating its two solid prop...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:47:00 +0100
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the development, integration, evaluation and analysis of advanced space enterprise command and control (C2) tools and capability technologies. The U.S. military must be able to quickly establish situational awareness and execute operations in space. Within the space domain, many thousands of objects that ar...
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
After a successful year-long test campaign by Airbus at IABG in Ottobrunn near Munich, the twin GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On) satellites will soon travel to their launch site in California. During testing, the gravity-measuring satellites, which will track the continuous movement of liquid water, ice and the solid Earth due to Earth's changing seasons, weather and climate processes, earthquakes and even human activities, were subjected to conditions similar to t...
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, successfully launched its Antares(tm) rocket carrying a Cygnus(tm) spacecraft today at 7:19 a.m. EST, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch is Orbital ATK's eighth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA. During the mission, designated OA-8, Cygnus will deliver vital equipment, supplies and experiments to the astronauts aboard the space station, as well a...
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
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Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:42:00 +0100
A UK company has been selected to undertake the Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) for a satellite which will help tackle climate change, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today. Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the UK Space Agency to work on MicroCarb, a joint UK-French satellite mission which will measure sources and sinks of carbon, the principal greenhouse gas driving global warming. It is the first European mission intended to characterise greenhouse gas fluxes on Ear...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 8 Nov 2017 22:05:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:08-11-2015
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     Current job:Research Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsThermal, electronics packaging, thermoelectrics, CFD, FEA,
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    Profile

    Research and technology focussed, with a history of problem solving and a strong analytical background. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD, focussing on materials modelling and FE analysis. My prior experience as a technical analyst for an investment company gives me a strong understanding of the commercial drivers behind the application of technology, as well as experience of presenting complex topics to both academic and non-technical audiences.

    My most recent role has been optimising the thermal management of electronics packaging for high temperature environments. This has required analytical, numerical and experimental approaches in order to optimise existing designs and develop novel solutions to engineering problems. Working alongside the mechanical and electronic design teams, I have achieved a 30% improvement in the performance of the cooling system, with no cost increase, and developed a novel packaging solution that offers around a 80% cost reduction with minimal impact on performance.

     

    Employment History

    May 2014 – Present. KTP Research Engineer, Avalon Sciences/UWE

    Key responsibilities

    ·         Working full time as a member of the R+D team at Avalon Sciences Ltd, whilst liaising with the university where necessary, to fulfil the requirements of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

    ·         Developing an analytical and numerical (CFD) model of the tool system, including modelling the performance of the thermoelectric cooling system at high temperature.

    ·         Using data from experimental testing and numerical modelling to develop solutions to improve the performance of the tools at high temperature. Validating modelling and design improvements through extensive laboratory testing.

    ·         Researching alternative materials and techniques and exploring the feasibility of applying these do downhole tools, for example, using novel materials originally developed for astronautics applications to achieve performance gains in the tool system.

    ·         Planning and managing the project to ensure key milestones are achieved on schedule. Prioritising to ensure the needs of both the university and the company are met. Reporting progress and findings to senior management and representatives from the university and Innovate UK, the funding body behind the project.

     

    September 2013 – May 2014. Engineer. Norris Renewables.

    Key responsibilities

    ·         Development of a working scaled prototype novel concentrated solar power device, including mechanical design, thermodynamic and structural calculations.

    ·         3D modelling of solar systems, including FE of structures, ray tracing for solar field design, and solar irradiation modelling.

    ·         Producing engineering drawings for prototype parts. Liaising with suppliers and manufacturers in order to ensure parts manufactured on time and to budget.

    ·         Providing the MD with progress reports, keeping records of expenditure and general administrative duties.

     

    September 2011 – September 2013. Technical Officer, Horatio Investments.

    Key responsibilities

    ·         My primary role was conducting scientific and technical due diligence for prospective investment opportunities. Applications were from industries as diverse as renewable energy, health care products, and juice drinks thus it was necessary to be able to quickly gather and assimilate data and form conclusions. I was the sole 'technical' member of the team.

    ·         Understanding the product or service offered by the company, evaluating how this fitted into the market, reviewing any patents or IP where appropriate and appraising the validity of the approach.

    ·         Supervised other members of the Due Diligence team in order to ensure applications were processed in a thorough but timely manner. Reported the findings of the team directly to the Managing Director in a mix of written reports and presentations.

    Education

    2008 - 2012 University of Exeter - PhD Engineering. Awarded Jan 2013.

    ·       Crystal inspired negative Poisson's ratio structures.

     

    2004 - 2008 University of Exeter -MEng Mechanical Engineering (2:1)

    ·       MEng project: Experimental, computational and analytical characterisation of cellular   solids (71%).

    ·       Bachelors project:Finite element analysis of chiral honeycombs (77%).

     

    2002 - 2004 Brighton Hove and Sussex VI College

    ·         A level: Maths, Physics, Chemistry.

     

    1997 - 2002 Shoreham College

    ·         GCSE: 8 A*, 2 A including English and Maths.

     

    Skills

    ·         FEA using Abaqus, including experience of the Python scripting interface for Abaqus. Some experience of Ansys FEA, and Autodesk Inventor FE functionality.

    ·         Experience of technical writing, including peer reviewed journal articles and internal technical reports. Presenting findings to management and external funding partners.

    ·         Knowledge of the mechanical design process, including solid mechanics, FMEA, materials selection and elements of manufacturing and management.

    ·         2D and 3D CAD skills; familiar with Autodesk Inventor and Solidworks 2014.

    ·         Conjugate heat transfer analysis using StarCCM+ CFD package. Basic Knowledge of Ansys Fluent.

    ·         Generally computer literate, competent user of Windows, OSX and Linux. Familiar with Latex and MS Office, especially Excel and Word. Experience of MS Project.

    ·         Basic knowledge of shell scripting, Matlab, Maxima, GULP, VASP, Python.

    Publications and conferences

    Hughes TP, Marmier A, Evans KE,Auxetic frameworks inspired by cubic crystals, International Journal of Solids and Structures, vol. 47, 2010, 1469 – 1476.

     

    UK Heat Transfer 2015,Edinburgh, UK.

    T.P. Hughes, R. Weerasinghe– CFD Modelling of Thermal Management in Downhole Tools.

     

    HYMA 2011,Strasbourg, France.

    A.S.H. Marmier, T.P. Hughes, K.E. Evans - Crystal-Inspired Truss Frameworks with Negative Elastic Properties: Atomistic Modeling and Finite Element Analysis.

    M.Siddorn, T.P.Hughes, A.S.H. Marmier -Negative Elastic and Thermo-Elastic Properties in Porous Crystals: Automatic Discovery and Atomistic Modeling.

     

    Auxetics 2009, Bolton, UK.

    T. P. Hughes. A. S. H. Marmier - Negative Poisson's ratio beam networks.

    Professional Affiliations

    Associate member: Institute of Mechanical Engineers –I am working towards becoming chartered through the institute.

     

    External Training

    • Tinius Olsen UTM/Horizon training. Feb 2015.
    • CD Adapco, Star CCM+ Effective Heat Transfer Modelling, Jan 2015.
    • CD Adapco, Introduction to Star CCM+. August 2014.
    • Numerical Algorithms Group: Fortran 95 course Sept. 2009.
    • LMS-OXMOS: New frontiers in mathematics of solids. July 2009.

     

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