Material Marvels

Material Marvels: Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Kathryn Allen looks at the mysteries of engineering behind the dome of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore in Italy.

Material marvels: Hanford B nuclear reactor

On 26 September 1944, a first sustained nuclear chain reaction at a new reactor began. Its purpose was not to prove whether fission could be achieved or sustained, but to explore its weaponised potential. Khai Trung Le looks at Hanford B, the world’s first full-scale nuclear reactor.

Material Marvels: Basilica de la Sagrada Família

Ellis Davies takes a look at the materials and construction techniques used in the Basilica de la Sagrada Família.

Material marvels: Concorde

Simon Frost looks at the engineering behind the definitive supersonic jet airliner.  

Material marvels: SS Great Britain

Khai Trung Le talks to the ss Great Britain Trust on the legacy of the namesake ship, its engineering influence and its heritage in British shipbuilding.