A UWindsor engineering postdoctoral fellow has won an international innovation competition for his design of a diagnosis tool for gas turbine engines.
Farshid Bazmi landed a gold medal in the first International Competition for Inventors and Innovators held virtually by the International Federation of Inventors’ Associations, July 18 to 20.
Dr. Bazmi claimed top honours in the aviation field for his research on fault diagnosis for turboshaft engine systems conducted under the leadership of mechanical engineering professor Afshin Rahimi.
His Mitacs Accelerate supported research aims to develop reliable, fast, and low-maintenance engine health monitoring systems.
“The ability to find fault in gas turbine systems and proactively monitor its progression to remedy the root cause before it fails is of paramount importance in today’s industry,” Bazmi says.
“A gas turbine engine is one of the most expensive devices in industrial applications, where reliability and availability are the two most desirable attributes.”
Bazmi is developing novel methods for engine fault diagnosis that require fewer data and parameters to work while maintaining or improving the detection and isolation schemes' accuracy.
The competition garnered more than 650 inventions from 35 countries. The federation is a non-profit organization headquartered in Geneva that supports innovations and inventors worldwide.
“We are happy to know that even in these difficult times dealing with the coronavirus, the invention and innovation culture is still alive, and people are doing their best to make the lives of other people better through innovation,” the organization says in a release announcing the competition results.