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Slide TRANSPORTATION Steam Wagon, 1769 First serious self-propelled vehicle known to exist. It weighed 2.5 tons and attained a speed of 2.25 mph. It struggled with climbing hills and steering stability, and was soon abandoned. Slide MATERIALS ENGINEERING Iron Bridge, 1779 The first Iron Bridge, used a ‘New’ material called Cast Iron. The design was entered into a competition against other more well know materials, there were major concerns over how to use and join structural elements in this material. The bridge uses Carpentry Joints as that was what was known at the time. Slide MATERIALS ENGINEERING Tower Bridge, 1894 Cast iron, led to development of steel and it’s use included bridge construction. As with Iron Bridge the joining methods were basic with lots of holes for bolts and strengthening plates. Slide TRANSPORTATION The Great Horse Manure Crisis, 1894 There were so many horses on the streets, with the associated manure that there was an obstacle to urban development, and an environmental crisis. The solution was to replace the horse-drawn Hansom Cab with motorised transport, by 1912 the problem had been resolved. Slide MATERIALS ENGINEERING King's Cross Station Atrium, 2012 The use of advanced engineering techniques for Design, Simulation and Construction enabled the roof structure. With advanced materials such as composites, companies like A|2|O are developing technologies to enable use beyond conventional understanding and benefit society, and the environment with affordable lightweighting and predictive maintenance. Slide TRANSPORTATION Connected Autonomous Vehicle, 2017 Self-driving cars are becoming more evident with advancements in technology. Whilst propulsion technology is going someway to aid this, vehicles are too heavy and need intelligent maintenance technology to increase their efficiency and reduce the associated emissions.

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