London City Airport and the Thames. Credit: pencefn
According to King’s Engineer Mark Ainslie, ‘engineers are people who apply Maths and Physics to solve problems … in a creative way.’
So try applying your own Maths and Physics to a real life engineering problem: how to tackle the problem of overflows from London's Victorian sewers. Designed for up to 4 million people 150 years ago, the sewers are not big enough to serve 8 million Londoners today, causing 55 million tonnes of raw sewage to wash into the tidal Thames every year.
Thames Water's proposed solution is the Thames Tideway Tunnel, running for 25 kilometres, at a depth of up to 65 metres below the river. Tunnelworks is an online resource put together by Thames Water, in which you are asked to apply your Mathematics and Physics to the project.
Taking place for the first time throughout September 2014, Totally Thames is an exciting new, month-long celebration of the river across its 42 London miles:
- On Sunday 7 September, Kirkaldy Testing Museum presents Safe to Cross? Testing London's Bridges. Visit the pioneering Victorian engineer David Kirkaldy's workshop on the South Bank and see his hydraulic powered Universal Testing Machine test metals to destruction.
- On Sunday 7 and Sunday 14 September, visit Crossnesss Pumping Station, part of Sir Joseph Bazalette's original Thames sewerage system, to see the 150 year-old pumping engines.