Bloodhound SSC: a supersonic engineering marvel

  A hybrid jet-and-rocket powered vehicle will fire up its 135 000 hp engines to break the sound barrier and the world record alike in a 1600 km/h race at Hakskeen Pan, South Africa. The 14 m, 7 tonne Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) was designed and is being built by the Bloodhound Project, described as […]

Some interesting features of a modern power station – Part 2

  From the ICMEESA archive A closer look at South Africa’s most modern power plant, Arnot, focusing on its coal and ash handling plant; boilers; water plant; generators and control and monitoring, among others. Part 1 of this article discussed Arnot power station’s coal and ash handling plant; its boilers; circulation system; superheaters and reheaters […]

Preventing “accidents” in construction

  The recent Tongaat Mall collapse led to a media frenzy, only to fizzle out over time. The Department of Labour is investigating the “accident” and the question now is, “what will the findings be?” Fatalities, injuries, disease, and inadequate health and safety (H&S) measures, including non-compliance, will continue to occur until the South African […]

Output control of a battery of centrifugal pumps

by C Dewar, 1974 From the ICMEESA archive A detailed investigation of a pumping system, its pump characteristics and surge pressures, for the adoption of a control system using flow as a criterion. Download PDF

Stresses due to lateral forces in tubular modular track

  by Brendan van Schoor and Prof. Hannes Gräbe The tubular modular track (TMT) system is a relatively new innovation in railway technology. It is a non-ballasted track structure which provides a more stable and reliable track system requiring less maintenance. Download PDF

Case study: Waste granite recycled into cobble stones

  Information from SEW Eurodrive A proposed design to rehabilitate abandoned granite mines creates low-skill employment and generates income. Download PDF

Largest ever maritime salvage challenges engineers

  by Edwina Ross, IDC Technologies Righting the ill-fated liner Costa Concordia off the environmentally-sensitive Tuscan coast has challenged engineers to the world’s largest maritime salvage project ever. Download the Pdf

Reasons for using controlled mechanical brakes – part 2

  by Grant Ray Sutherland, 1958 From the ICMEESA archive Controlled retardation through high-pressure, oil-controlled spring brakes speeds up the winding cycle of AC and DC winders with safety. Download the Pdf