Guest Speaker Uffington 12th March 2017

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Guest Speaker at 14 March 2017 Pub Social.

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Nick Houlton Natter Night March 2017 ver 4.0

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

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Yesterday evening we had the Oxford Section visit to the Culham Centre for Fusion Research (CCFE), which was very good. Thank you to the 23 attendees from the section for coming and asking some good questions. The visit was part of a larger open evening, we were two of the eight groups!

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The evening started with a presentation by Sarah Fell to give us some background to the nuclear fusion research and during the visit we saw the (JET) Joint European Torus, currently the world’s largest fusion Tokamak which has reached temperatures of 150 million C during fusion ‘pulses’. JET was in maintenance mode during the visit so we were allowed to get quite close, inside the very thick shield doors that protect the scientists and engineers during experiments. Its difficult to give an idea of the scale and ambition of JET but we learnt that when the experiment is running it consumes about 2% of the entire national grid – the electricity bill is very large! The particle accelerators which perform the final stage of the heating process for the fusion plasma deliver the kinetic energy equivalent to a 400 tonne TGV train travelling at 212 mph colliding onto a fusion target 4g in size.

The short video shows a JET fusion pulse, the bright white areas are actually cooler as the dark areas are emitting higher energy x-rays beyond hitman vision.

We also visited the MAST (Meg-Amp Spherical Tokamak) which is newer and smaller than JET and is investigating how to design exhaust for Fusion Reactors. The fusion plasma eventually diffuses away and is still very hot, the amount of energy that has to be absorbed by the reactor walls is several megawatts per square meter – similar to the re-entry temperatures for the Space Shuttle. The pulse in the MAST is spherical, unlike the JET doughnut:

Both JET and MAST are carrying out research leading to a new, larger Tokamak ITER (for Tokamaks size does matter!) being built by the European Union, US, Japan, India, China, Korea and Russia in the South of France. fusion research is a very expensive and complex enterprise which needs international cooperation. The plan is that after ITER we would then see prototype fusion reactors being developed – lets hope CCFE and ITER are successful it will be good for our grand children!

This visit was a very enjoyable evening, thank you to Catherine Moxey for organising the trip and to all the staff at Culham who hosted us. Just a small plug we have a trip to the Diamond Light Source at Harwell in plan for 2018.

The BMW Club Journal March 2017 – Oxford Section Report

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BMW Club Oxford Section Report for Febuary 2017

No sooner had the New Year launched in a flurry of fireworks the first event of the year at the Lock, Stock & Barrel at Newbury proved as popular as ever. How the chef managed to break his wrist is not known but the pub managed to find a replacement at very short notice to feed us all very well. The staff did an excellent job of looking after everyone until the stand in chef could get the ovens up to Continue reading

Bahnstormer Maidenhead Product Launch 2017

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Tim Bolderston & Dave Tomlinson attended the new model launch at Bahnstormer Maidenhead to represent the Oxford Section.

Bahnstormer Maidenhead Product Launch Feb 2017

Nick Houlton will be joining us at our Shippon Pub Social on Tuesday 14th March.

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Nick’s talk is a lively and fun look at new technology for motorcyclists and includes BMW Assist, RealRider, and the development of body worn airbags.

 

The BMW Club Journal February 2017 – Oxford Section Report

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BMW Club Oxford Section Report for January 2017

As you read this in the recovery mode after the hopefully, wonderful excesses of the recent celebrations over Christmas and the New Year, we can try to recollect just what happened in December. All the pub social meeting locations had a special Christmas meal event, which for some of us who tried to get to as many as possible it was a great time for food and to meet old and new friends.

The normal second Sunday winter event at Uffington Memorial Hall on the 11th December had some superb food provided by the catering team led by David and Continue reading

National Motorcycle Museum Press Release – Friends of the National Motorcycle Museum, 2017 Riding Activities Announced

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Some very interesting opportunities for riding some amazing motorcycles, courtesy of the National Motorcycle museum, however people may have to join the “friends of the Museum”  to take advantage of some of them.

National Motorcycle Museum Press Release.Friends Activities 2017

Uffington Village Hall – Speaker 14.00 Sunday 26th February, 2017

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BMW Club Oxford Section – SERV OBN Blood Bikes

Uffington Village Hall – Speaker

14.00 Sunday 26th February, 2017

Kamran Irani will be speaking about this year’s official Oxford section charity SERV OBN Blood Bikes:-

 

SERV OBN Blood Bikes 2017

Oxford section trip to the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

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We have an evening event coming up on Wednesday 15th March at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, for which you need to register in advance.  There are more details in the attached flyer – if you are interested then please contact catherine.moxey@bmwoxford.com with the required information.  The number of spaces is limited to 20, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register as soon as possible if you would like to join us.

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Register Now for March 15th Oxford section trip to the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy