The recent development of motorized Aluminium exoskeletons has provided mobility for paraplegics. The suit is strapped onto the user’s legs and incorporates tilt sensors and motors. The device does not do the walking; its movement is stimulated by the exertion of the user to enhance their ability to walk. Next-generation devices will push new boundaries in mind-body-device control.
Englishwoman Claire Lomas, paralyzed from the waist down after a horse-riding accident in 2006, completed all 26.2 miles of the London Marathon in 16 days using one of these devices.
The requirement for lightweight durable material made Aluminium the obvious choice.
SKY HIGH ALUMINIUM
Without light weight, strong, and corrosion resistant Aluminium this iconic aeroplane could not have flown.
Once heard, the sound of the Merlin engine in the Spitfire is never forgotten. Extensive use of Aluminium in key components such as the V12 engine block, crankcase, and pistons enabled sufficient power to weight ratio to deliver maximum performance. These machines could achieve 350-400mph (570-650kph) operating at 20,000ft (6000m).
The Spitfire was a familiar sight in the skies over Britain throughout World War II, widely recognised for its role in the ‘Battle of Britain’ during 1940.
PRANCING HORSE POWER
Always recognisable by the style and beauty of design, Ferrari cars turn heads on every continent. In its quest to make lighter cars the latest ‘Prancing Horse’ is casting its lot with Aluminium as the lightweight material of choice. Ferrari insists that Aluminium is superior for most cars and so the new 458 Italia uses Aluminium castings, extrusions, and stamped sheet.
As the company has learned how to form and shape Aluminium they have reduced the sheet thickness to 0.9mm, the castings that serve as the focal point of the structure have also shrunk. In some places Ferrari uses a casting as thin as 2mm.
The successor to the 458 will also be Aluminium and could weight as little as 1,180Kg.
HORSE DRAWN ALUMINIUM
The horse drawn carriage is designed for private passenger use and for comfort or elegance, though some are also used to transport goods. In most European and English-speaking countries, driving is a competitive equestrian sport. Modern high-technology carriages are made purely for competition. Internationally, there is intense competition in the all-round test of driving, also known as horse-driving trials.
The requirement for speed and agility means that these beautiful carriages feature Aluminium in all elements of the structure and wheels. The high-tech Aluminium wheels are designed to mimic the profile of traditional wooden ones.
PROTECTING THE TITANIC (and keeping it looking good)
One hundred years after the birth of the world’s most famous ship, a museum dedicated to the ship has become a major new tourist attraction for Northern Ireland.
The unique architectural design was influenced by features of ice crystals, ships' hulls, and the insignia of the shipping line.
The external forms and profiles of this iconic building are defined by 3,000 anodised aluminium facia panels. The specification called for a lifetime guarantee not subject to cleaning. The proximity to the sea means that the panels will be exposed to salt air and strong winds. The Aluminium panels come with a ‘Marine guarantee’, proven to stay looking great in one of the most hostile weather environments.