A flip-friendly beer mat has been developed by two university researchers. Ian Johnston, an aerodynamics expert at the Open University in Edinburgh, and Hazel Lucas, who is doing a masters degree at the University of Oxford, were commissioned to design the mats by cider maker Strongbow.
The final design looks like a normal beer mat with two lightweight, arched wings attached to opposite edges. Mr Johnson said: "When I first looked at the project I thought it was a bit of a joke, but it soon became fascinating from an engineering point of view. With the demise of Concorde, our mat is perhaps the most aerodynamically advanced object now in the air." Strongbow has sent mats to student bars at Manchester and Nottingham universities and University College London.
Register to continue
Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.
Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:
- Sign up for the editor's highlights
- Receive World University Rankings news first
- Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
- Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Or subscribe for unlimited access to:
- Unlimited access to news, views, insights & reviews
- Digital editions
- Digital access to THE’s university and college rankings analysis
Already registered or a current subscriber?Sign in now