Movers and shakers
Press release issued: 25 June 2003
The Bristol Laboratory for Advanced Dynamics Engineering (BLADE) has beaten off strong competition to be selected to take part in the Royal Society's prestigious Summer Science Exhibition.
BLADE is part of Bristol University's Engineering Faculty and is one of only 20 exhibits from across the UK chosen to take part. The Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition features the latest in cutting-edge science, engineering and technology.
Visitors to the BLADE exhibit - Movers and Shakers - will be able to build a model structure and test it on an earthquake-shaking table, programmed to reproduce the effects of real earthquakes. An inverted pendulum will also be on show to illustrate that a very simple system can display remarkably complicated and unpredictable behaviour - the principle behind Chaos Theory.
Lucky students visiting the University for Preview Day (26 July) will be able to have a sneak preview of the exhibit which will be on display in the Merchant Venturer's Building in Woodland Road, Bristol.
The Movers and Shakers exhibit will convey the exciting new ideas behind the BLADE concept, which aims to provide industry with a new approach to engineering safe, secure and reliable structures.
Professor Joe McGeehan, Dean of Engineering, said: "The £20m investment in BLADE brings together the six departments in Engineering to establish a unique integrated and multidisciplinary research facility. Our stand features demonstrations of much of the science and technology that underpins BLADE. I am sure that the public will enjoy visiting our stand and talking to our staff."
The Royal Society Exhibition will be held at the Royal Society's premises in London on 1-3 July. It will be visited by more than 3,000 people, including a large number of school children, over the three days. University of Bristol scientists and students will be manning their exhibit to answer any questions about their work.
Executive Secretary of the Royal Society, Stephen Cox said: "This event grows in popularity each year with thousands attending over the three days. It is the perfect opportunity for members of the public to meet and chat with scientists about their fascinating science on an informal one-to-one basis. The proposal from Bristol University beat off stiff competition to become one of this year's exhibits and we look forward to seeing their outstanding work on display at the Royal Society this summer."
The Summer Science Exhibition takes place from 1-3 July 2003, at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG.