Boeing Business Jets, GKN Aerospace Introduce Skyview Panoramic Window

Largest-ever passenger jet window available on new BBJs, retrofit on existing BBJs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE:BA] Business Jets announced today it will work with GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business to develop, produce, offer and support the Skyview Panoramic Window, the largest window available on any passenger jet offered today.

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Late Debate: Designing the Tube at London Transport Museum

Late Debate: Designing the Tube

London Transport Museum

Thursday 26 January 2017

Circuit training for the Brain

Interactive talks and debates:

  • Off the Rails: Learning from the past and influencing the future
  • Connect or forget: Explore how changes to the network shape communities
  • Delight and surprise: Art, ads, culture? What makes your journey matter?
  • Tales from Weaving Futures: Fast paced designology studio presentations

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Serious play activities:

  • Bar and live music
  • Network mapping on a big scale
  • Secrets behind the Tube map
  • Illustrate an idiom: exploring station design
  • Digital weaving
  • Meet the authors and designers

 

Give your brain a New Year workout during London Transport Museum’s fun Late Debate on the evening of 26 January 2017. Guests will be able to enjoy interactive debates, talks and workshops, as well as a bar, live music and the Museum’s special Designology exhibition.

 

DEBATES AND TALKS

Guests will have the chance to join one of four keynote talks and debates by leading industry experts, designers and authors.

  • Off the Rails: Learning from the past and influencing the future: In this panel discussion, expert historians, authors and contemporary designers will explore designing for the railways, sharing learning from the past and debating recommendations for the future.
  • Connect or forget: Powered by New London Architecture: Work with New London Architecture and a panel of expert speakers to consider how the Tube and wider transport network has the ability to connect or forget regions and communities.
  • Delight and surprise: Explore how our journeys can be impacted through moments of delight and surprise, and how such moments make us a world class leader in design. Give your views on how important it is for our stations to celebrate heritage, promote a sense of nature, engage with art and culture, and make an impact through well curated advertising.
  • Tales from Weaving Futures: Powered by PechaKucha*: Enjoy a PechaKucha of textile tales, design debates and weaving wonders. All brought to you by the designers, artists and industry professionals involved the Designology Weaving Futures studio programme.

 

SERIOUS PLAY AND ENTERTAINMENT

As well as debates and talks guests can get involved in some fun but serious play, offering the chance to explore and create, as well as enjoy the Museum and network with other guests. Serious play activity includes:

  • Live music: Busking sounds of voice, harmonica and hammered dulcimer* extraordinaire Ben Henry Edwards, accompanied by Sam Lewis.
  • Network mapping: Work with New London Architecture in a giant mapping activity. Use coloured threads to highlight and explore the web of our combined modes, routes and communities across London, inspired by the Connect or Forget debate.
  • Secrets behind the Tube map: Work with Tube obsessed Londonist Video Journalist Geoff Marshall to explore the history, anomalies and oddities of our much loved London Underground Map. Then have a go at creating your own Tube map for London.
  • Illustrate an idiom: Explore station design through our new Crossrail exhibition and Transport for London’s beautiful Underground Station Design Idiom. Then have fun coming up with your own station designs and idiom illustrations.
  • Digital weaving: Drop into the Designology studio and meet our resident Weaving Futures curators and weavers. Watch live weaving on a state-of-the-art TC2 digital jacquard loom and try your hand at a ‘weave inspired’ activity.
  • Meet the authors and designers: Meet David Lawrence, author of British Rail Designed 1948-97, Nick Tyler, author of Accessibility and the Bus System: Transforming the World and Wallace Henning, Designer at Koto, who has just succeeded in reproducing the British Rail Corporate Identity Manual.

Hosts and speakers in alphabetical order include: David Lawrence, Kingston University professor and author; Declan McCafferty, Partner at Grimshaw Architects; Dominique Caplan, Gainsborough Weaving; Geoff Marshall, Londonist Video Journalist; Glenn Iceton, Group Agency Sales Director, Exterion Media; Jessica Vaughan, Curator of Art on the Underground; Larissa Kunstel-Tabet and Renee Verhoeven, Takram; Linda Florence, printed textile designer and senior lecturer Central Saint Martins; Mike Ashworth, Design & Heritage Manager at London Underground; Mike Walton, London Transport Museum; Nick Tyler, University College London professor and author; Paul Priestman Designer, Chairman of PriestmanGoode; Peter Murray, Chairman of New London Architecture; Philippa Brock, Weaveshed; Sam Richards, Head of Urban Integration at Crossrail; Samuel Dempsey, Product & Critical Designer; Wallace Henning, Designer at Koto and reproducer of the British Rail Corporate Identity Manual; Will Sandy, Edible Bus stop. All other speakers and contributors to be announced in January 2017.

Timetable

  • 18:45 Doors open
  • 19:00 – 19:45 Tales from Weaving Futures – PechaKucha Round 1
  • 19:15 Serious Play, guests have the chance to take a circuit around the Museum to meet experts, take part in activities, enjoy live music, a bar and other interactions.
  • 19:50: Mike Ashworth to open the debates
  • 20:00 – 21:00 Debates and talks start
  • 21:00 Serious Play, As above
  • 21:15 – 22:00 Tales from Weaving Futures – PechaKucha Round 2
  • 22:30 Doors close

The Late Debate is part of the Designology exhibition which celebrates London’s internationally recognised iconography and explores the influence that thoughtful and persuasive design has on our daily experiences of the urban environment.

The exhibition is accompanied by a wide programme of events including themed adults-only Friday Lates, talks and Late Debates, as well as a pop up design Studio – an exciting part of the exhibition space which gives visitors of all ages the chance to meet professional and student designers in residence and get involved in their work.

Tickets to the Late Debate cost £12 (£10 concessions) and are for adults only (18+). Tickets can be bought online at ltmuseum.co.uk. Guests who enter the code LATEDEBATE save 25% if you book online. For advance booking information, call +44 (0)20 7565 7298.

Designology and the Late Debate are part of London Transport Museum and Transport for London’s Transported by Design season, supported by Exterion Media. The 18-month programme of events and exhibitions will explore good design on the transport network and its role in the lives of the millions of customers who use it each day.

Press Release 06/12/2016 Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain Welcomes Visit by Prime Minister Theresa May PR-06-12-16-001 06 December 2016, Manama: The Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain welcomes the two day visit to Bahrain by United Kingdom Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Theresa May, MP. The UK Prime Minister will attend two summits while in Manama: the annual Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council and a GCC-UK summit, in which the focus will be on furthering the relationships between the UK and all member states of the GCC. Mrs. May will become the first British Prime Minister, and the first woman leader, to attend a GCC Summit, and her participation reflects the clear desire on both sides to strengthen their mutual cooperation and friendship. As part of this process, the two sides are to establish a GCC-UK Partnership, which will meet annually to assess and explore avenues to strengthen and expand their ties. The Prime Minister’s visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain, her first official visit to the region, underlines the closeness of the bilateral friendship between the two countries, in the year when they celebrate two hundred years of this relationship. Moreover, during the Prime Minister’s visit, the two countries will have the opportunity to review and underline their deep, longstanding and valuable ties, whether in the defence, counter-terrorism, commercial or investment fields, and to reaffirm the UK’s important practical support for Bahrain’s ongoing reform process. The visit also presents the opportunity to expand trade ties between the GCC and the UK. As it stands now, the GCC market is the largest investor in the UK and the second largest non-EU export market. This is of particular interest post-BREXIT, as it will help to insure future prosperity for the United Kingdom and GCC countries. The Embassy looks forward to continuing to deepen and develop the Kingdom of Bahrain’s historic friendship with the United Kingdom, and to further expanding the partnership between the UK and the GCC in the years ahead.

Press Release
06/12/2016

Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain Welcomes Visit by Prime Minister Theresa May

PR-06-12-16-001

06 December 2016, Manama: The Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain welcomes the two day visit to Bahrain by United Kingdom Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Theresa May, MP. The UK Prime Minister will attend two summits while in Manama: the annual Summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council and a GCC-UK summit, in which the focus will be on furthering the relationships between the UK and all member states of the GCC.

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Mrs. May will become the first British Prime Minister, and the first woman leader, to attend a GCC Summit, and her participation reflects the clear desire on both sides to strengthen their mutual cooperation and friendship. As part of this process, the two sides are to establish a GCC-UK Partnership, which will meet annually to assess and explore avenues to strengthen and expand their ties.

The Prime Minister’s visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain, her first official visit to the region, underlines the closeness of the bilateral friendship between the two countries, in the year when they celebrate two hundred years of this relationship. Moreover, during the Prime Minister’s visit, the two countries will have the opportunity to review and underline their deep, longstanding and valuable ties, whether in the defence, counter-terrorism, commercial or investment fields, and to reaffirm the UK’s important practical support for Bahrain’s ongoing reform process.

The visit also presents the opportunity to expand trade ties between the GCC and the UK. As it stands now, the GCC market is the largest investor in the UK and the second largest non-EU export market. This is of particular interest post-BREXIT, as it will help to insure future prosperity for the United Kingdom and GCC countries.

The Embassy looks forward to continuing to deepen and develop the Kingdom of Bahrain’s historic friendship with the United Kingdom, and to further expanding the partnership between the UK and the GCC in the years ahead.

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Beechcraft introduces special mission enhancements for the King Air 350 platform

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUBAI (Dec. 6, 2016) – Beechcraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced at the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) conference in Dubai that the company is now offering Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engines for improved performance on its King Air 350HW and King Air 350ER turboprops. In addition, the company is offering an increased gross weight option for these platforms, increasing the maximum takeoff weight to 17,500 pounds. Both enhancements are now FAA and EASA certified and offered as factory options for new aircraft or as aftermarket modifications.

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3D solutions to energy savings in silicon power transistor

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Trench gate IGBT schematic indicating the mesa width (S), gate length (Lg), and the oxide thickness in the MOSFET (tox), cell pitch (W), and the trench depth (DT).

(Tokyo, 6 December) Tokyo Tech researchers demonstrate operation energy-savings in a low price silicon power transistor structure by scaling down in all three dimensions.

In electronics, lower power consumption leads to operation cost savings, environmental benefits and the convenience advantages from longer running devices. While progress in energy efficiencies has been reported with alternative materials such as SiC and GaN, energy-savings in the standard inexpensive and widely used silicon devices are still keenly sought. K Tsutsui at Tokyo Institute of Technology and colleagues in Japan have now shown that by scaling down size parameters in all three dimensions their device they can achieve significant energy savings.

Tsutsui and colleagues studied silicon insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs), a fast-operating switch that features in a number of every day appliances. While the efficiency of IGBTs is good, reducing the ON resistance, or the voltage from collector to emitter required for saturation (Vce(sat)), could help increase the energy efficiency of these devices further.

Previous investigations have highlighted that increases in the “injection enhancement (IE) effect”, which give rise to more charge carriers, leads to a reduction in Vce(sat). Although this has been achieved by reducing the mesa width in the device structure, the mesa resistance was thereby increased as well. Reducing the mesa height could help counter the increased resistance but is prone to impeding the (IE) effect. Instead the researchers reduced the mesa width, gate length, and the oxide thickness in the MOSFET to increase the IE effect and so reduce Vce(sat) from 1.70 to 1.26 V. With these alterations the researchers also used a reduced gate voltage, which has advantages for CMOS integration.

They conclude, “It was experimentally confirmed for the first time that significant Vce(sat) reduction can be achieved by scaling the IGBT both in the lateral and vertical dimensions with a decrease in the gate voltage.”

Background

Insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs)

These are three terminal devices used as switches or rectifiers. With simple gate-drive characteristics and high-current and low-saturation-voltage capabilities they combine the benefits of two other types of transistors – metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs) and bipolar transistors.

3D scaling of IGBTs

The researchers reduced the mesa width, gate length, and the oxide thickness in the MOSFET by a factor of 1/k, and compared devices with values of 1 and 3 for k. Because the fabrication of narrow mesas can cause problems they also reduced the trench depth by 1/k. Although this has a slightly negative effect on the IE effect, it has considerable benefits for fabrication ease and cost and the dependence of (Vce(sat)) on the trench depth was deemed to be small. The gate voltage was also decreased by a factor of 1/k, while the cell pitch was maintained at 16 μm.

Reference

K. Kakushima1, T. Hoshii1, K. Tsutsui1, A. Nakajima2, S. Nishizawa2, H. Wakabayashi1, I. Muneta1, K. Sato3, T. Matsudai4, W. Saito4, T. Saraya5, K. Itou5, M. Fukui5, S. Suzuki5, M. Kobayashi5, T. Takakura5, T. Hiramoto5, A. Ogura6, Y. Numasawa6, I. Omura7, H. Ohashi1, and H. Iwai1, Experimental verification of a 3D scaling principle for low Vce(sat) IGBT,  Technical Digest of IEDM2016, Session 10.6, (2016),   http://ieee-iedm.org/

1.      Tokyo Inst. of Technology, Yokohama, Japan

2.      Nat. Inst. Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan

3.      Mitusbishi Electric, Fukuoka, Japan

4.      Toshiba Corp., Tokyo, Japan

5.      The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

6.      Meiji University, Kawasaki, Japan

7.   Kyushu Inst. of Technology, Kitakyushu, Japan

*corresponding author e-mail ktsutsui@ep.titech.ac.jp

Figure.

Trench gate IGBT schematic indicating the mesa width (S), gate length (Lg), and the oxide thickness in the MOSFET (tox), cell pitch (W), and the trench depth (DT).

ENGINEERS BEGIN NEXT PHASE OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT TECHNOLOGIES TRIALS IN FLYING TESTBED

As part of collaborative efforts across the UK to assess how autonomous air vehicles could be integrated in UK airspace, scientists and engineers at BAE Systems have begun another tranche of ground-breaking unmanned aircraft technology trials using a Jetstream 31 as a ‘flying testbed’ which flies itself whilst having pilots on board who could take control at any time. The trials are being conducted from the Company’s military aircraft engineering and manufacturing facility in Warton, Lancashire, UK.

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STRUAN MOORE WINS IN JAPAN

– Moore returned to Fuji where he raced in the Japanese F3 Championship in 2015
– Secured his first win in the Asian Le Mans Series
– Back in the Title hunt with 2 rounds to go 

British racer Struan Moore secured his first Asian Le Mans Series win at the iconic Fuji circuit in Japan. After being quickest in the first practice session Struan was chosen from the 3 man Race Performance team to take part in qualifying and put his car third on the grid for the 4 hour race, just 4 tenths off Pizzitola in a newer version on the Oreca LMP2 machine and just 1 tenth off Le Mans 24 hour winner Gustavo Menezes.

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