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  • [ December 18, 2018]

    A Global Perspective on Energy Challenges and Mechanics

  • Speaker:
    Henry Tan
    Dec. 25, 2018
    Room 434, Mechanics Building
  • Abstract
  • Based in Aberdeen, the “Energy Capital of Europe", from our recent research collaborations with the energy industries, and the experience chairing the 1st-9th International Symposium on Energy, this talk explores issues related to energy challenges and mechanics from a global perspective. The aim is to get a complete view of energy-related problems. The following topics are covered:
    - Life on earth currently faces a threat on a genuinely global scale.
    - Asset life extension.
    - The DESERTEC idea was initially developed in Germany for power production at a large scale, making use of solar energy in the deserts of North Africa with the option to transport a significant fraction of power to Europe.
    - Fusion energy is among the most environmentally friendly sources of energy.
  • Biography
  • Henry Tan (谭鸿来) of the University of Aberdeen, a Tsinghua PhD, is an American British Chinese scientist with the academic background in engineering mechanics and physics. He is the Chairman of the 1st to 9th International Symposium on Energy, Chairman of the International Symposium on Quantum Technology, Chairman of the Reliability Excellence Summit, and Chairman of the Global Forum on Total Maintenance & Operational Excellence. Dr Tan publishes in journals such as Physical Review Letters, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Safety Sciences. He delivered plenary/keynote lectures at numerous international conferences on topics related to energy, biomechanics and safety, and gave invited seminars at institutions such as Cambridge University, Department of Physics, and the Centre for Mathematical Sciences; Columbia University; Tsinghua and Peking Universities; and International Centre for Mechanical Sciences, Italy. Previously Dr Tan was a Lecturer at the University of Manchester, a Research Scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The PhD students he supervised include a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Nuclear Institute.