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Mechanical Engineering students climb to victory at IMechE Design Challenge

Mar 09, 2018

L-R: Ethan Golledge, Corin Williams, Henry Leonard, Geoff Baker, David Ball

“Jump out of your comfort zone throughout your career as an engineer…you won’t know what’s inside of you if you don’t,” said Geoff Baker, President Elect of the IMechE, at the North West Regions IMechE Design Challenge earlier this week. 

On Wednesday our brilliant first year Mechanical Engineering students did just that! Salford had two teams in the final, alongside five other North West universities.

The challenge, which took place at the University of Manchester’s historic Sackville Street Building, was no small feat.  Students were required to design, build and test a device that can climb up the inside of a 2.2 metre piece of vertical tube lifting an increasing load. Each heat was timed, and our winning team’s robot performed excellently each time, completing the climb in just 12.6 seconds. Well done to Corin Williams, Lucas Thomas, Ethan Golledge and Mohammed Alhalwaji. Henry Russell, Cristos Lambrias and Usman Muhammed were worthy runners up.

As well as the practical challenge, the winning team also won the poster presentation and peer review challenges, collecting £750 in prize money and some impressive silverware!

The IMechE Design Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for students to work together, in turn demonstrating and applying their skills and knowledge in a practical and competitive environment. The students were supported by an excellent academic and technical team in Dr Henry Leonard and Dave Connor, and also made great use of the facilities and support of the Morson Maker Space.

The winning team now go forward to the grand final at the IMechE headquarters in London later in the year where they’re hoping for similar success - watch this space!

Student Corin Williams said: “The IMechE design challenge has so far been the most fun part of my course at The University of Salford so far. Having always been interested in all aspects of mechanical design, it had been a great experience to implement the theory I have learnt within lectures. The Morson Makerspace at the University, their facilities, and the people who run it have been invaluable throughout the different design phases. They provided support and access to machines and materials that enabled us to create a machine that was not only strong, but light and designed to very fine tolerances. I’m looking forward to not only the IMechE design challenge final in October, but also to excel with Salford’s own Formula Student team, who are competing in the IMechE competition in July."