Civil and Environmental Engineering

New wind tunnels being installed in CEI

The components for the first of two new wind tunnels to be installed in the new Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation began arriving late last week, much to the delight of the researchers who will be working with them.

Made by Industrial Metal Fabricators Ltd. of Chatham, the elevated 12 meter tunnel will run in a closed loop around the walls of a lab in the north-east corner of the CEI. With a 1.2 meter fan and a 30 horsepower motor, the tunnel will be capable of generating wind speeds of up to about 30 meters per second.

Bridge-building exercise proves educational for engineering students

Learning by practice is always the best, says civil engineering professor Amr ElRagaby.

That’s what makes a contest to design and build a bridge from popsicle sticks a valuable experience for his students.

“They can understand the principles, but when the have a chance to apply the theories, they learn something they will never forget,” he said Wednesday, as members of his class in Finite Element for Analysis and Design tested the load-bearing capacity of their structures.

Something in the wind: engineer’s work cited as provincial exemplar

Who knew that windmills are territorial? According to an article published online this week by the Ontario Council on University Research, UWindsor researcher Rupp Carriveau did—and his work can turn that knowledge into better wind farms.

Placed too close together, turbines interfere with one another, reducing their overall efficiency, but Dr. Carriveau, an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering, is working to determine how strategic placement can exploit the windmills’ wakes to increase power generation.

Engineering prof bearing torch for UWindsor in provincial research campaign

Rupp Carriveau feels like a torchbearer for UWindsor’s research community.

“We have so many people doing such incredible things and that’s what really makes me proud,” said Dr. Carriveau. An associate professor in civil and environmental engineering, he’s participating in a province-wide awareness campaign aimed at convincing the general public about the importance of university research.

UWindsor students take top honours in provincial video contest

An artistic streak and a keen awareness of the importance of making complex information understandable translated into a first place province-wide video contest finish this week for an engineering student and amateur filmmaker.

“It was something creative,” Brian Cheung said of making the video that explains the operation of an underwater compressed air energy storage system he works on as a master’s student in civil and environmental engineering. “It was a nice break from research and calculations.”

Day dedicated to exploring issues related to water management

The campus chapters of UNICEF and Engineers Without Borders invite the UWindsor community to consider the relationship between food security and access to fresh water during their observance of World Water Day in the CAW Student Centre on Thursday, March 22.

The student groups will set up a booth with information on everything from how much water is used to grow crops to the ways that growing competition for scarce resources can affect food security. The student engineers will have on hand a treadle pump, which uses human power to irrigate fields.