A brand new local company will soon launch production of an important new automotive suspension component made of composite materials, and say they couldn’t have done it in twice the time without help from the University of Windsor.
“It’s really accelerated our ability to get to market faster,” said Andrew Glover, president of Thunder Composite Technologies Ltd., which will soon begin manufacturing composite sway bars at their new facility on the South Service Drive. “We’d be months behind if we hadn’t done this.”
Hoda ElMaraghy and Tarek AlGeddawy figured they needn’t look any further than an ordinary household appliance like a washing machine to demonstrate how manufacturers can respond to growing consumer demand for increased product variety but still remain profitable.
Meet Mehrdad Shademan for the first time and it’s easy to get the impression he’s a fairly quiet, low-key type of guy. He wasn’t so mild-mannered, however, the day he found out he was the recipient of a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
“I was screaming and yelling,” he says in the graduate student office he shares with colleagues in the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation. “Everybody was pretty shocked.”
Since coming to the University of Windsor, Hart Honickman has taken to the skies in more ways than one.
A PhD student in Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering, he’s one of the first graduate students here to focus his studies primarily on aerospace, as the university steps up its efforts to make inroads for more academic opportunities in that sector.
As it happens, he’s also a licenced pilot, who earned his credentials to fly small planes in March of 2011 after completing 58 hours of flying time.
Area residents frustrated by the mysterious humming noise that’s been disrupting their lives for the last two years may soon have some answers about its origin now that a UWindsor acoustics researcher is on the case.
“Hopefully we can find what the source is and do something to rectify it,” said Colin Novak, an engineering professor who specializes in noise, vibration and harshness, acoustic measurement, and environmental noise impact.
Automotive manufacturers apply many of the same technologies as aerospace suppliers, making it a natural source of new business, says Peter Frise, scientific director of AUTO21.
The research network is helping automotive companies explore new opportunities within the aerospace sector, partnering with the Aerospace Industry Association of Canada to host an automotive pavilion at the Canadian Aerospace Summit, which opens today in Ottawa.
Embracing technology that relies on high-pressure water injection to make auto parts while other institutions are abandoning their research on it will place the university’s engineering department in the good graces of car companies that need to make components from difficult to form lightweight materials, according to Daniel Green.
A group of fourth-year engineering students had a smashing time raising funds for their capstone project.
The 2013 SAE Baja team held a Car Smash outside Essex Hall on Thursday, charging passersby to swing with a sledgehammer at an old automobile.
“It is a fun way of raising money,” says Yan Gao, member of this year’s Baja team. “We take all safety precautions and make sure they have fun at the same time.”
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.