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We’re excited to announce that Eadon has secured a position as a supplier on Lot 1 (Mechanical Engineering) of the UKAEA multi-supplier Engineering Design Services Framework. The Framework, valued at up to £9m, is crucial for developing commercial fusion energy. It includes nine companies and builds on four years of successful engineering and design projects. Our expertise in the nuclear industry, coupled with our extensive experience in handling hazardous environments, positions us perfectly to add significant value to the fusion market. As an SME, being included in this framework is a major milestone for us. It will allow us to progress our sustainable growth plan, invest in our team, extend our capabilities and set us up for long-term success in an evolving landscape. “We already have a proven track record of collaboration, demonstrated through initiatives such as Sellafield’s Enabling Innovation Framework” says Eadon Director, Jim Hill. “Bringing this core value with us, we aim to drive innovation forward by actively pursuing collaborative opportunities within the framework. “This is an exceptional opportunity to contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable energy future and we are looking forward to working with UKAEA on their future programs within this groundbreaking sector.” Colette Broadwith, […]

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Eadon Consulting is pleased to introduce our newest Engineer, Ollie Lanchbery. Ollie took the apprenticeship route into engineering. Over 3 years, he balanced studying for a degree at the University of Sheffield with gaining vital work experience at Atkins. Following that, he moved to SCX Special Projects where he worked for 2 years on a wide range of kinetic architecture projects. Ollie says he was keen to move to Eadon because of the wide variety of work on offer. “They’ve got some really interesting projects in their portfolio,” he said. “Given my significant involvement in nuclear projects during my previous roles, it’s an area I’m particularly keen to get involved with and continue learning about.” Ollie’s hands-on nature and passion for engineering goes beyond the workplace. In his spare time he enjoys fixing up and driving cars and can often be found working on 3D printing projects.

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In a recent project, Eadon had the opportunity to provide crucial support to a nuclear client. Our task involved conducting a dynamic analysis of the piping system and assessing potential fatigue issues. The primary objective was to address concerns surrounding excessive vibrations and ensure the long-term integrity of the cooling water pipes. Through our analysis using AutoPIPE, we gained valuable insights into the shape and frequency of the vibrations. The results showed the presence of fatigue damage within the system, with specific attention given to areas that had previously experienced leakage problems. Moreover, we were able to reassure the client as we concluded that recent adjustments made with the aim of reducing the excessive vibrations had indeed proven effective in minimising the risk of further damage. At Eadon, we take pride in our ability to deliver effective solutions to our clients. This project is a great example of our commitment to excellence in engineering and our dedication to addressing unique challenges in the nuclear industry. We look forward to continuing our work in piping analysis and making a positive impact in the field.

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Eadon warmly welcomes Henry Patten to our team this month. He has joined us for a 1-year work placement from the University of Sheffield, where he is studying for a degree in General Engineering with a specialisation in Aerospace. Excited about his year ahead at Eadon, Henry aims to deepen his industry knowledge and acquire practical engineering skills that will prepare him for the transition into the workforce after university. Beyond his professional pursuits, Henry has a diverse range of interests including building remote control planes, playing chess, painting, knitting and coaching the Sheffield Quadball team.

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Eadon has played a crucial role in supporting AmcoGiffen in the restoration of the Purton Upper Swing Bridge in Gloucester. Situated on the Sharpness Canal, the ageing bridge is designed to accommodate both light road traffic and pleasure craft but is currently in a poor state of repair. Eadon has successfully developed a safer electric motor gear drive system that utilises a pin rack. This easy to maintain system replaces the existing hydraulic cylinder drive, which had previously raised safety concerns. Additionally, we have specified an upgraded central pintle bearing, as well as improved the tail wheels and support system, all of which were in poor condition. To enhance the functionality of the bridge, an additional measure has been implemented: the integration of a hand wind facility to the motor. This feature allows for manual operation and enables bridge recovery in the event of an electrical power failure. Our robust and reliable solutions will ensure that the bridge remains functional and safe for many years to come, and we are excited to see them put into action in the near future.

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Photo courtesy of Moxon Architects Eadon, in partnership with Buro Happold and Moxon Architects, is playing a pivotal role in the development of an impressive new pedestrian and cycle bridge at London’s Royal Victoria Dock. Spanning 305 metres, this step-free crossing will serve as a crucial link, connecting the ExCel Centre and Custom House station on the north side of the dock to the expansive Silvertown development. At the heart of the bridge’s design is its distinctive ‘Double S-curve’ configuration, which not only enhances its visual appeal but also maximises the efficiency of the crossing. Additionally, the inclusion of a double bascule mechanism at the midpoint allows the middle section of the bridge to be lifted, enabling the seamless passage of large vessels through the dock without any interruptions. Eadon’s role is to support the mechanical and electrical design of this equipment. We have successfully completed RIBA Stage 3, delivering initial concept design drawings, and assisted in the submission of the successful Planning application. Looking ahead, we anticipate progressing to RIBA Stage 4 soon, marking the next phase of this exciting project. With a proven track record of successful partnerships, such as the Greenwich Reach Swing Bridge alongside Moxon and […]

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Celebrating its 9th year, International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is a global celebration of women’s achievements in engineering. Held annually on June 23rd, INWED strives to empower women and girls by breaking down gender barriers and inspiring them to pursue careers in engineering. Research reported by Engineering UK in 2022 revealed that women accounted for a mere 16.5% of UK engineers. While this percentage has increased from 10.5% in 2010, there is still a significant gender gap that needs to be addressed. Lisa Bates, Teacher of Science at Hope Valley College believes historical and socially constructed ideas about narrowed gender roles have led to limited aspirations, capped potential and prejudiced views about subject and career choices. “It’s impossible to argue that gender discrimination in society doesn’t exist,” she says. ”Statements such as ‘man power’ and ‘cry like a girl’ are commonplace and often go unchallenged. Such statements often imply that girls are weak, or not as able as boys; we know this is not true, however our young people often absorb these implications as fact. The outcome of such unconscious bias can be devastating. “A recent report by the Commons Science and Technology Committee looked at female underrepresentation in […]

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We are pleased to announce the addition of Michael Wu to our engineering team at Eadon. With a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Bristol University, Michael has gained extensive skills and expertise as a production engineer, working on projects spanning aerospace, nuclear, oil and gas, and power generation sectors.  His decision to join Eadon was driven by his passion for design and analysis, alongside the opportunity to work on a diverse range of exciting projects.  Outside of work, Michael leads an active lifestyle and enjoys running, cycling, climbing, and yoga.  We are excited to have Michael onboard and look forward to the valuable contributions he will bring.   

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Eadon Consulting recently completed a comprehensive assessment of the locking pins and gate support structure at the River Idle sluice gates in response to Environment Agency concerns about their strength.  The gates, situated in West Stockwith, Nottinghamshire, are responsible for regulating the water flow of the River Trent and its tributary.  The deteriorating gate lifting ropes need to be replaced. To do this, the gates will need to be raised, and locking pins are required to secure them while new ropes are fitted. The assessment conducted by Eadon aimed to substantiate the locking pins and gate support structure, ensuring their suitability and safety for the task.  The lack of information about the existing pins’ material composition posed a challenge. There are very few historical drawings of these parts, which made it difficult to determine their exact specifications. We therefore performed calculations accounting for factors such as bending strength, torsional buckling, and the unknown material properties of the pins. The Environment Agency standard of LIT 13223 was used as a reference in which it states that a minimum safety factor of 2 be used when considering mechanical components loaded to their maximum design load. As our findings indicated the pins were […]

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Eadon is delighted to welcome our newest Engineer, Jack Harker, to the team. Having achieved his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield, Jack’s return to the city marks the beginning of an important new chapter in his career. After working as an engineer in the automotive sector for the past 18 months, Jack is thrilled for a change of direction at Eadon. “I’m looking forward to delving into the technical aspects of the work and applying techniques from my degree to the design process. Especially using analysis and calculations to inform design decisions.” he says. Jack’s knack for building things from a young age, coupled with his passion for maths and physics, naturally steered him towards a career in engineering. His love for mountain bikes and motorcycles led him to work weekend shifts as a mechanic at a bike shop when he was just 16, further fuelling his curiosity about how things work. Outside of work, Jack embraces his adventurous side and can often be found mountain bike racing!

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Oscar’s primary focus so far has been in the bridges sector. He’s currently working on the new Lighterage Quay, in Truro swing bridge, which he is scoping and performing initial calculations for. “Working on the initial stages of this project has been really interesting,” he explained. “As we go through the basic design concepts, I’m learning a lot because it’s not something I’ve really done before.” He is delighted to have recently started doing research tasks for a potential new nuclear project. “I really enjoy R&D focused work,” he said “so I’m especially excited for this one.” Meanwhile, Callum has been gaining valuable experience working on two nuclear projects for Sellafield – the Alpha Study and REACH. He’s looking forward to contributing to the further advancement of the REACH project by developing a swivel module. While the current hinge module enables the offsetting of modules at a specific angle, the swivel module will provide an additional degree of freedom by allowing for the rotation of offset modules by a specific amount. This feature will provide greater flexibility and will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of REACH. Callum appreciates the friendly work environment at Eadon and is grateful for the support […]

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This April marks Stress Awareness Month, the campaign aimed at raising awareness of the negative impact stress can have on both our physical and mental health. Everyone encounters stress at some point in their lives. A small amount can be positive and actually help motivate us, but chronic stress can have negative consequences. Stress can manifest in various ways, including physical symptoms like headaches, high blood pressure, fatigue, and muscle tension. It can also cause emotional and behavioural symptoms, including anxiety, irritability and difficulty sleeping. Liz Goodwill, Head of the Work-Related Stress and Mental Health Policy Team at HSE, said: “Stress Awareness Month is an opportunity for employers to check in and support their staff’s mental health. Working Minds helps employers to follow five simple steps based on risk assessment. They are to Reach out and have conversations, Recognise the signs and causes of stress, Respond to any risks you’ve identified, Reflect on actions you’ve agreed and taken, and make it Routine. It needs to become the norm to talk about stress and how people are feeling and coping at work.”¹ Eadon Consulting is committed to ensuring that our employees feel supported and empowered to manage their stress levels effectively. […]

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The AUKUS pact between the US, Australia and the UK has been unveiled, with Australia being the only country other than the UK to have access to the pressurised water reactors used in the US-designed nuclear propulsion systems for submarines. This upgraded Australian fleet of nuclear-powered submarines is an attempt to work as an ally to counter China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific region. The pact also covers advanced cyber security, hypersonic and counter-hypersonic missiles, electronic warfare and AI. The technology used within this new fleet of allied submarines will use cutting-edge technology, including UK-manufactured Rolls-Royce reactors. The upgraded naval fleet will cost Australia £201bn over a thirty year period, but will allow the Australian navy to travel further and faster than ever before, including the facility to carry out long-range strikes. The investment by the three nations will not only improve security, but will create thousands of jobs. In the UK, some of the construction will take place in Derby and Barrow-in Furness, having a significant impact on employment in those regions. Australia will purchase Virginia-class submarines in the short-term, whilst the new fleet is developed. Once this initial fleet is in place – intended to be by the early […]

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