Sixteen applications were received in November, eight from students of general engineering and eight from Product Design Engineering students at the Glasgow School of Art. Six Awards were made, of £3 630 in total.
Kester Broach, supported by Oliver Neill, made an application for funding to support the design and fabrication of carbon-fibre diffuser panels for the UG Racing project. The diffuser had been chosen by the team as a good place to start when developing an aerodynamics package as it is low cost, low drag, relatively easy to implement on their existing designs but provides a large performance increase. Kester is a fourth year Aeronautical Engineering student, and Oliver is studying Physics, but the Trust was impressed by the strong engineering component of the project. Click here for more details. An Award of £1 300 was made.
Josef Neto, a fifth year Mechatronics Engineering student, applied for funding to assist his project which seeks to refine the Attitude Determination and Control System used in small satellites known as CubeSats. CubeSats are small satellites, with sides of about 100 mm, and more CubeSats are manufactured in Glasgow than anywhere else.
CubeSats are powered by solar panels, and it is necessary to ensure that they are pointed towards the sun to acquire the most power. The attitude determination system informs the orientation of the CubeSat in relation to the sun. Actuators apply torque to orientate the CubeSat into a desired attitude and are used to control the direction of the CubeSat. This project aims to use inexpensive actuators for lab-based experiment. Josef received an Award of £830.
Jon Bertram, Abdul Hadi Chibli (both fifth year Mechatronics) and Borislav Gachev (fifth year Electronics and Software Engineering) are working on separate aspects of a project to measure very accurately the concentration of antibiotic in the blood of seriously ill patients, and applied individually for support. The process tags individual molecules of the drug with magnetic nano-spheres and by measuring their magnetic field, allows the drug concentration to be measured. They are developing respectively the magnetic measurement system, electronic control and display systems, and a control app. The Trust made one Award of £1 000 to Jon Bertram on behalf of the project, to be distributed amongst the applicants.
Emily Breen, fifth year Product Design Engineering, had approached the Glasgow Children’s Hospital, to obtain the staff’s opinions on what would improve the life of patients aged up to 16 years immobilised through spinal injury. Her discussions led her to investigate the development of a device which would allow them to retain their independence and sense of normality during their hospital stay by allowing them to play and engage with those around them more easily, and she is working on prototypes of a device and support structure which would allow various activity and entertainment tools to be presented to them and enable them to use them from a supine position. Emily was awarded £500 towards the design and construction of prototypes.