Student Alexander Lewis has scooped a prize sponsored by The University of Manchester for his ground-breaking project conducted while on placement with TWI.
The ‘Global Challenges, Manchester Solutions: Energy Prize’ was awarded after Alexander’s project on new home insulation technology was short-listed earlier this year. The prize which recognises innovation by young engineers and scientists in energy was one of a number of special prizes available as part of the National Science and Engineering Competition with the prize presented at the Big Bang Fair in March.
Alexander, who has just finished his A-level exams at Saffron Walden County High School joined TWI on a Nuffield Foundation sponsored placement in 2015.
The placement which gives students four to six weeks' experience in industry enabled Alexander not only to develop his project but provided a unique experience in an industry environment.
Alexander investigated the effectiveness of paraffin wax when embedded into a concrete brick to be used for house building. The project was researched, developed and built during Alexander’s placement at TWI. Working on the development with Alexander were TWI experts Andrew Whitaker and Géraldine Durand.
Alexander conducted an experiment embedding a capsule of paraffin wax into a reinforced steel concrete brick which he moulded himself.
His work was praised by The University of Manchester judges who were impressed by his excellent understanding combined with enthusiasm for his research.
Following such a positive start Alexander hopes to continue his research into sustainable building materials and expressed his thanks to both Andrew and Geraldine for their excellent support and guidance during his TWI placement. TWI wishes Alexander every success in his future studies and career.
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