Emerging trends in engineering in 2024
Emerging trends in engineering in 2024
February 8, 2024

With 2023 arguably the ‘year of artificial intelligence’, 2024 has a lot to live up to.

But, with AI now firmly in the mainstream, there are many other emerging trends and technologies in engineering and manufacturing which deserve the lime light.

As a leading supplier of gas measurement and control technology to innovators in many key sectors, we thought we’d take a little look at what might energise engineering in the year ahead:

Digital Twins

Its perhaps unsurprising that IT and computing power remain amongst the biggest developments which may impact engineering in 2024.

Digital Twins involve creating virtual replicas of physical objects or systems. Though not new, it is a technology which is increasingly being used in many engineering disciplines.

Thorough virtual modelling and testing is lowering costs, speeding up development and creating better outcomes – particularly when evaluating the long-term durability of new engineering solutions.

Sustainable and Green Engineering

2024 will perhaps see even more light shone on sustainability as international carbon neutral targets get ever closer.

Sustainability impacts engineering and manufacturing in two ways – both in the products or systems which are created and how engineers and manufacturers produce them.

The focus of sustainable engineering and manufacturing is thus increasing on environmentally conscious designs, sustainable materials and energy-efficient technologies alike.

Product life-cycle – and in particular avoiding short-term obsolescence, such as by being able to update firmware – are again increasingly important priorities.

Quantum Computing

With AI grabbing many headlines – despite much of the technology being embedded into global engineering and manufacturing for a number of years – 2024 will perhaps be the turn of Quantum Computing to enter the vernacular.

As the name suggests, Quantum Computing uses the principles of Quantum Mechanics to increase calculating power.

Despite often being misused to imply something large, Quantum Mechanics (also known as Quantum Physics) is the area of science which describes the behaviour of matter and energy at its very smallest scale – atoms and sub-particles.

By using it with computing, it provides the opportunity to complete complex calculations on a sub-atomic scale to solve engineering problems much quicker and more effectively than conventional semi-conductor computing.

Advanced Materials

2024 may again see the introduction of new materials with exceptional qualities.

For example, Graphene – which consists of single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice – is an advanced material which is seeing many new applications. It has exceptional strength, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity, giving it huge potential in technology and engineering.

Another exciting emerging technology is Shape Memory Alloys (SMA). As the name suggests, these are alloys which return to their original shape after deformation. One of the industries which is investigating SMAs is aerospace.

Aerospace

As a key industry in which our gas measurement technology is utilised, aerospace promises to deliver a number of developments in 2024.

As previously, the aerospace industry is focused on developing more efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft, via improved aerodynamics, lighter materials and more fuel-efficient propulsion.

Electric and hybrid propulsion is undergoing significant investment, as a race is beginning to develop to produce the first electric or hybrid commercial aircraft capable of long distances and carrying multiple passengers.

However, research into alternative combustible fuels is also underway, with some convinced the conventional jet turbine engine – powered by a renewable or carbon zero fuel – may prove the best long-term alternative.

Not since the late 1960’s and Concorde has there also been such interest on supersonic or even hypersonic travel! Both conventional aircraft and near orbit spacecraft are being explored as a way to shrink the globe even further.

Industry 4.0

If you haven’t already, 2024 may be the year you get introduced to the term Industry 4.0.

In simple terms, it is the integration of digital technologies including AI, the Internet of Things, quantum computing and big data analytics into ‘Smart Manufacturing’.

Blockchain technology is still finding new applications in engineering for data management, supply chain management, quality assurance and project transparency. As more systems become interconnected, there is likely to be an increased focus on cyber security in 2024 too.

Chell in 2024

Here at Chell Instruments, 2023 was an excellent year in which our gas measurement and control solutions supported engineers with projects which have the potential to shape aerospace, Formula 1, pharmaceuticals and many other key sectors.

2024 looks set to be even more interesting, with international engineers keen to deliver the innovations the world demands.

We are looking forward to launching a number of new products throughout the year which we are confident will help make a reality some of the innovations predicted above!

For more information on Chell and how we can help you in 2024, visit www.chell.co.uk

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