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The Relevance of Engineering

Thursday 14th January 2010

Exam Time. I have 3 next week, had one already this week. My last one next week is Structural Analysis, and a part of that is Finite Element Analysis. We first encountered this in the 2nd year (where it actually wasn’t taught to us as such, we just had to use the concepts for some coursework), and it’s pretty powerful.

Anyway, you’ll be more than aware that as well as being an engineer, I’m also an F1 geek. F1 teams use FEA too, to model various aspects of their cars. Earlier on I came across this on iTunes, an Open University thing about, uhm, how an F1 team uses FEA. This has got to be the best distraction from revision ever; not only is it F1 related and so therefore interesting, it’s actually vaguely relevant to what I should be doing anyway. More relevant than, say, watching past episodes of Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe on YouTube, which I of course haven’t done at all…

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2 Comments:

Lucy

Thursday 14th January 2010, 11:17 am

Yay for the OU! Personal employment biases aside, they really are a fantastic institution.

And good luck in your remaining exams. After this, you’ll be so so nearly done!

Andy

Sunday 17th January 2010, 11:50 pm

Yes indeed, good night, and good luck.

Also, Charlie Brooker rocks.

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