Stefan Karp, a former mechanical engineering lecturer at Brunel Universityg has made it to the final of the government’s Make it in Great Britain challenge.
His invention is a new type of roller chain made from polymers rather than metal. The roller chain could potentially replace roller chains seen in bicycles, printing presses and cars. It requires no lubrication, is corrosion-free, self-aligning and can be used under water.
Stefan Karp said: “It’s hugely exciting to be one of the finalists in this competition and I’m looking forward to seeing the range of ways this roller chain will be put into use.
“I originally designed it to be used in bicycles, due to it being oil-free and light, it is particularly suitable for children’s bicycles.
“But there are a range of possibilities for this product – it could improve the reliability and versatility of machinery as varied as photocopiers, cars, bottling plants and even pharmaceutical machinery.”
The roller chain invention is in the finals of the Make it Stronger category. The winner of the competition will be announced in September.
Make it in Great Britain campaign was launched in 2011 to challenge outdated perceptions and transform the image of modern manufacturing. The Make it in Great Britain exhibition is on at the Science Museum in London until 9 September.
- If you'd like go along to the free exhibition, to be inspired by British manufacturing see makeitingreatbritain.bis.gov.uk