Archive for September, 2010

I may have been some time…

September 21, 2010

So this blog has been dormant, if not entirely defunct, for far too long now – almost exactly six months. My absence has not been entirely due to indolence; in the past half-year I’ve finished my first chapter and transfer report, had my transfer viva, and have been to a number of conferences – more details on the interesting bits will be forthcoming in a series of catch-up posts. As well as this academic stuff, there have been a number of other demands on my time. A pleasing one was helping Mrs thrust vector get her PhD thesis finished and submitted, which happened in mid-August. The other exciting but time-consuming event was that she has started a new job, having been appointed to a permanent lectureship. Given the state of the academic job market, this is fantastic news, but there was one small snag – her new employer is University College Falmouth. For various reasons this wasn’t fully confirmed until quite late, so we had to up sticks and move to Cornwall at very short notice; a rather stressful experience, and not one that I would recommend.

Cornwall, on the other hand, is beautiful, and whilst it is rather a change of pace from London or Manchester, the area has gone some way to mollifying even such a committed urban-dweller as myself. The main down-side is that it is rather remote from, well, anywhere, and so I will be becoming even better acquainted with the long-distance rail network than I have been for the past few years…

Anyhow, my next major milestone for the thesis is to produce a draft second chapter by Christmas, which will deal in some more detail with the collaboration between Metrovick and the RAE, and the evolution of the MV work from an experimental turbocompressor to a flight-capable jet engine. In the next couple of posts I hope to explore some of the theoretical and analytical approaches that I’ve been trying out on my material, and how these might be used to illuminate the project.