2024 Spring Programme

Annual Subscriptions:  were due in January £15  and may be paid at any meeting, but preferably by direct bank transfer email the secretary or ask at a meeting  if you do not have the details for BACS.  Please check with the Treasurer if you believe you may be in arrears!

Tues 21st May: David Saul will be presenting the interesting story of the R101

The R101,was an experimental British airship built in 1929. The vessel was one of two such airships to be produced in the UK to cultivate the country’s long-haul airship travel network. However, a disaster in France destroyed R101, and brought UK airship development to a halt

While disasters like those involving R101 and the Hindenburg killed off interwar commercial travel by airship, such vessels are beginning to make something of a modern comeback. Spanish regional carrier Air Nostrum made headlines last year by reserving 10 100-seat HAV Airlander 10 Airships. It will be interesting to see how research in this field develops in the coming years.

Tues 18th June: Lachlan McDonald presents “80 weeks to Touchdown”

The Construction of the Mount Pleasant Airfield in the Falklands. Built by British Companies a Joint Venture of Laing, Mowlem and  ARC using British personnel only. Lachlan presents this epic tale of planning, transporting and constructing a major project in a remote location in adverse conditions and circumstances.

Tues 16th July: Bill Liu will be presenting ideas for Hydrogen Generation at Heysham

Bill is probably well known to some of our members as an Engineer living and working in the area for many years. One of the projects he is currently looking at would use Solid Oxide Electrolysers (SOEC technology) which is fairly new to market for Hydrogen production at Heysham. He has some slides from Fuel Cell Energy in the US to share and although he claims he is not an expert in the technology I’m sure he will give us a good overview.

A Note for your diary:  Ladies Evening this year will be on Tuesday 19th November 2024 at Morecambe Golf Club

Our meetings are on the THIRD Tuesday in the month, at the Bare Village Hall, Bare Lane, Bare, starting at 7.30 p.m.  However if circumstances change e.g. if the government re-impose restrictions (I Hope Not!) we will revert to virtual meetings on Zoom, any changes to the above programme will be notified by e-mail and Facebook but please make sure your contact details are up to date and you have submitted a GDPR form so we can contact you.

Visitors are always welcome to attend, especially young engineers, who are eligible to join at a favourable rate.

Further information on any aspect of the Society is available from the Secretary, Phil Slack, tel. 01524-423287 or  les.secretary@yahoo.com, from the LES Web Site www.lancasterengineeringsociety.org.uk or at the Society’s new Facebook group page. www.facebook.com/groups/LancasterEngineeringSociety

Please notify any change of email address, postal address or telephone number to the Secretary, either at a meeting or preferably via e-mail.