Terri-Jane Yuzda

State-of-the-art R&D Infrastructure is Focus of Industry Day

The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Calgary hosted a successful Industry Day, June 26. More than 100 participants from mechanical and manufacturing companies, the National Research Council, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association and the University of Calgary participated in the event. It included technical presentations and a tour of research facilities in the Faculty of Engineering.

The event was sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program, Polytec PI and the University of Calgary. It focused on state-of-the-art eesearch and design infrastructure for multidisciplinary research and on representative research projects.

Six research areas and facilities were presented:

1. Applied Mechanics and Biomechanics. Biomedical research labs were toured in the new Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology which exhibited a six-degrees-of-freedom robot for joint kinematics and kinetics research. Also shown were high-resolution computed tomography for accurate geometric measurement of biological and engineering materials (i.e., bone, aluminum foam, concrete); and three-dimensional optical scanning used for scoliosis research and development of customized braces - with potential for reverse engineering applications.

2. Design and Product Realization. Presentations and exhibits in this area focused on advanced methods and means needed for competitive design and product realization. An example is the integrated design and fabrication of medical devices. The tour of Product Realization Laboratory featured a unique rapid prototyping machine (FDM Titan) for validation of complex objects. It uses computer generated CAD files and produces highly accurate prototypes (details down to 0.005 of an inch) out of ABS or polycarbonate plastics.

3. Energy Systems and the Environment. A presentation of research activities in this field, with emphasis on combustion and fuels research, was followed by a tour of laboratories involved with optical diagnostics for thermal and fluid dynamics systems, and with the validation of the next generation of computational fluid dynamic models.

4. Materials and Manufacturing. Presentations by the manufacturing systems group illustrated the breadth of this research area, which spans automation, control and MEMS, mechatronics, design and biomechanics. The key issues being investigated by faculty in this area include: understanding and modeling the whole manufacturing enterprise; strategic/business issues such as competitiveness, productivity, performance; integrated, effective, efficient operations, with such qualities as lean manufacturing, and industrial automation/control); manufacturing planning and control; and modeling and analysis tools for system design and process improvement.

5. Mechatronics, Systems Dynamics and Vibrations. Technical presentations and the tour of facilities focused on interdisciplinary nature of mechatronic systems, also known as "smart products," on non-invasive monitoring and diagnostic methods for complex thermo-electro-mechanical systems, and on Internet-enabled teleoperated monitoring.

6. Microsystems, Automation, and Robotics. Experimental setups in three laboratories illustrated research activities on microelectromechanical systems, ultra-precision engineering, telepresence and advanced controls.


On the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Visit www.eng.ucalgary.ca/mechanical/index.html

Contact Dr. Peihua Gu, P.Eng.
Tel. (403) 220-7163
E-mail gu@enme.ucalgary.ca

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