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At Advanced Engineering we pride ourselves on our ability to host some of the most exciting show floor features available at any engineering event. In contrast to the commercially-focused 500+ exhibitors on the show floor, the feature exhibits provide industry attendees with the opportunity to see, touch and experience some of the world’s leading engineering projects in action!

Confirmed 2019 feature exhibits include:


Weaved design of Very Light Rail

WMG, at the University of Warwick, has worked with partners, to create a new design of incredibly lightweight Very Light Rail (VLR) vehicle frame which is weaved, or braided, from carbon fibre composites into a series of tubes to create a first prototype demonstrator frame.

Working with the lightweight structural composite components company Far, and Transport Design International Ltd in Stratford upon Avon the demonstrator can be easily assembled by adhesive and simple welding.

Dr Darren Hughes Associate Professor in Materials and Manufacturing at WMG at the University of Warwick said:

“Our BRAINSTORM VLR research partnership has achieved significant weight-saving, allowing VLR services to accommodate more passengers while reducing the energy required to propel the vehicle and the weight stress it will place on its rails and road surface.”

“The technology also ensures that the vehicle is tough for a long life in service, easily repairable when accidents happen and strong enough to protect the passengers on board.”


The Cyclopic bike

An electric penny farthing has been unveiled in London as the next generation of foldable bike.

Cyclopic features a large front and small rear wheel without spokes, which swing around to snap inside one another.

Its creators, South Bank University graduates Alan Rallings and Rishi Haraniya, say it is the world’s first spokeless electric bike and can be folded up “in five seconds”.

They presented their design at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders conference in Westminster yesterday. Its grey aluminium frame sits on two puncture-proof solid tyres and weighs about 11lb — around half the weight of the average pedal bike.


NIO ES8 car

The NIO ES8 is a High-Performance Electric Flagship SUV. It is a mobile living space on wheels with performance in its DNA. Both the on-board NIO Pilot system, an advanced driving assistant system, and in-car intelligent AI system NOMI redefine the car ownership experience.

New feature exhibits announced weekly, check back regularly for updates.

Previous feature exhibits have included:


JUNO - Graphene in Aerospace

Juno, a 3,5 metre wingspan Graphene skinned aircraft, was revealed on the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) stand by the University of Central Lancashire as part of the ‘Futures Day’ at Farnborough Air Show 2018. This is the latest aircraft in the pathway to the application of Graphene in the aerospace industry.

The University of Central Lancashire aerospace engineering team has worked in partnership with the Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), the University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute (NGI), Haydale Composites and a range of other businesses to develop the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), that also includes Graphene batteries and Graphene 3D printed parts.

Juno has highlighted reducing weight to increase range, defeating lightning strike and protecting aircraft skins against ice build-up.




The VIPER pre-cooler

The VIPER pre-cooler heat exchanger was built and tested in order to demonstrate the novel heat exchanger technology developed by Reaction Engines (REL).

The successful tests were performed at REL’s test facility (near Abingdon in the UK) during 2011 and 2012.
The pre-cooler is an integral part of the SABRE (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) concept and the pre-cooler tests have led to further investment in developing this technology




VESTA - Sailrocket 2

Paul Larsen’s Sailrocket is one of the most extraordinary and fascinating pieces of yacht design work I have ever come across. It is also one of the trickiest to understand, particularly as it’s asymmetry presents just about every component bar the foils at a weird angle.


Safran landing gear

Safran Landing Systems is responsible for the design, development, qualification, testing, manufacture and support of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner main and nose landing gear.
In addition to supplying the nose and main landing gear, Safran Landing Systems' responsibilities extend to the integration of all landing gear system components. Activities also include assembly of the complete dressed landing gears for delivery to the aircraft assembly sites for installation on the aircraft.

The 787 landing gears include a number of technological innovations, specifically in the area of new materials:

  • reducing landing gear weight
  • reducing corrosion and providing higher resistance to fatigue versus steel parts

Typical Features hosted at previous events have included:

  • Sail Rocket 2 – The fastest sailing boat on the planet
  • MK3 Libralato Engine – the world’s first 1-stroke engine, and a game changing technology for affordable hybrid vehicles
  • Airbus A350 landing gear; and A320 with EGTS Video Display, from Safran Messier Dowty
  • Boeing 787 landing gear from Safran Messier Dowty
  • Flexible displays, printed electronics from Plastic Logic, Printed Electronics Ltd and more
  • Suzuki Hydrogen Scooter
  • Sensing technology applications
  • 3D printed push bike
  • Range Rover Car body
  • Ariel Atom Titanium Chassis
  • Formula E Battery from Williams Advanced Engineering
  • Composite Train Doors
  • Ti Handlebar for the Tour De France
  • Formula 3 Racing Car
  • Laser radar: automated, non-contact large scale metrology
  • Aero Engine section - Gas turbine