The rapid development and rollout of coronavirus vaccines in 2021 has been a fantastic reminder of the power of science and engineering. But, it’s not just vaccines that have been developed.
Modern technology is constantly advancing, and in 2022 there are several ground-breaking engineering trends – with implications for gas measurement and control – to explore.
One of the most rapidly developing engineering industries is aerospace and it continues to be ahead of many when looking towards 2022.
Aerospace is a diverse industry with a multitude of commercial, industrial and military applications. It’s continually making improvements, including ever more efficient gas turbines propulsion to reduce drag.
Another one of its exciting developments is the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft. This concept relies on hydrogen as its primary power source and could enter service as early as 2035!
Another feat of engineering on the horizon is supersonic flight, when an aircraft travels faster than the speed of sound. An American based company called Boom will produce the supersonic jets for US airline, United. They hope to ‘launch’ the supersonic airliners in 2029 which will be the fastest and most sustainable supersonic airliner.
Motorsport technology is always advancing, with engineers pushing the boundaries of what’s possible including in the area of Formula 1 aerodynamics. F1 aerodynamics have two primary concerns, downforce and the minimisation of drag.
Here at Chell Instruments we’ve developed pressure scanning products which test both these elements in the wind tunnels and on the track.
However, one of the most exciting ground-breaking engineering trends for motorsport is driverless or autonomous cars.
Already low-level autonomous driving is possible with some cars on public roads. There are several levels of autonomous driving, starting with basic cruise control all the way up to no human intervention required.
There are many engineering elements needed for autonomous motorsport racing to be a success. Ultrasonic sensors are a critical element which allow the vehicle to detect the presence of a nearby object. Lasers are also used to pick up the surrounding obstacles at longer distances and build up a 3D map of their environment.
The actual race element of these vehicles is being called ‘Roborace’, a pioneering series where teams take part in racing without humans in the driver’s seat. At Chell, we look forward to learning more about this revolutionary development in motorsport, and ways in which our own technology can be applied to support it.
The electronic engineering sector is undergoing a major transformation and looking into 2022 there’s plenty to be excited about.
Electric cars are of course on everyone’s mind, especially as some leading car manufactures have committed to cutting out fossil fuel cars from their product line by 2030. Technology is also in the pipe line to develop electric vehicles for commercial use, long-haul trucking and high mileage bus operations.
There are still many avenues to improving electric vehicle ranges including increasing battery capacity, developing electric traction motors and fine-tuning inverters, converters and onboard chargers.
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the pharmaceutical industry to rethink many aspects of their business including the need to improve the speed and accuracy of finding and mass-producing novel drugs, treatment methods and vaccines.
One of the most exciting engineering pharmaceutical trends in 2022 is the use of artificial intelligence (AI). AI and machine learning is accelerating drug discovery and the development processes. Identifying patients is a vital step in pharmaceuticals and AI is simplifying the process by using algorithms to identify patient cohorts for drug discovery, clinical trials and real-world evidence studies.
Here at Chell, we’re proud to provide equipment and expertise to ensure the integrity of many of the processes utilising gases in the development and manufacture of various drugs.
Chell in 2022
Though the global pandemic caused disruption, here at Chell Instruments we have continued to support a growing number of customers and provide precision instrumentation around the world for industries including aerospace, motorsport, electrics and pharmaceuticals.
In 2022 we aim to continue developing pressure, vacuum and gas flow solutions for our growing clients. For more information on Chell and how we can help you this 2022 contact us on 01692 500555.