The inventor Ernest Nagy has developed a process whereby composites made of everyday materials – silk, paper, even chicken feathers - can become capable of withstanding extreme temperatures and stresses and therefore have applications in extreme environments. Because the raw materials are often common-place these composites have also been explored in relation to developing world shelter and infrastructure problems.
Ernest Nagy is well-known for his invention of the dry transfer system called Tribo-adhesion allows any material to be deposited (coated) onto any other material as an adherent, coherent thin film which not only allows high temperature superconducting compounds to be deposited but also, and more significantly, it allows diamond to be deposited onto any dry surface. This continued research into high-speed coating technology led to the development of composite materials which can outperform supposedly stronger materials. Throughout his career Ernest Nagy has worked with such organisations as the U.S. Treasury, Gillette, Polaroid and Xerox and continues to be active in a number of research projects.
The Engineering Club was founded in 1992 by several local firms with the aim of promoting engineering amongst engineers and their friends. Over the years we have had fascinating and informative lectures on subjects as varied as computer designed jewellery, nuclear fusion, bicycle suspension and earthquake disasters. Guest speakers have included Sir Clive Sinclair, Mike Burrows, Trevor Baylis and Wing Commander Ken Wallis.
This lecture is hosted by Techniker - www.techniker.ltd.uk