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Engineering Students Spend the Day with Rolls Royce

Engineering students at UTC Sheffield recently spent a day working with Rolls-Royce employees designing an aeroplane refuelling pump.

In September UTC Sheffield City Centre Year 10 engineering students enjoyed a jam-packed day of activity with UTC employer partner Rolls-Royce. Staff and apprentices from Rolls-Royce visited the campus and ran a session focusing on designing a refuelling pump for an aircraft called ‘Pump Analysis’.

The day started with an introduction and a brief of the project from Rolls-Royce staff before the students were split into groups to work on the following activities:

  1. Pump Disassembly – taking a pump apart to see how the mechanics fit together and work.
  2. Pump Assembly – Assembling a pump from parts and testing how quickly water can travel through it from one container to another.
  3. Design Calculations – Calculating a design that would allow an aeroplane to refuel safely within a specified period of time and within a specified budget.

One student, Oliver, who took part in the session said: “Today has been really fun. We were given a scenario where we had to design a pump to refuel a jet in as close to ten minutes as possible, but for a budget of under £10,000. This meant we had to keep making adjustments and calculations, but we got there in the end, it’s been really interesting.”

Evie, who also took part, said: “It’s been such a great experience working with Rolls-Royce, anywhere else you wouldn’t get this opportunity. I especially enjoyed working with the different kinds of pumps.”

The session closed with an opportunity for the students to showcase what they had been working on during the day and a question and answer sessions with the Rolls-Royce Apprentices.

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