Opportunities for Enterprise
The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering has the expertise and experience to collaborate with your company to solve a business problem so you gain competitive advantage:
- Laser Processing: surface modification; surface cladding; laser shot peening; cutting; welding.
- Implementation of micro-integrated on-line sensing of chemical, metal or organic species.
- Process Mapping/Optimisation: design of experiments; artificial intelligence; Monte Carlo.
- Additive Manufacturing and 3-D printing.
- Process simulation: thermal; fluid mechanics; solid mechanics; artificial intelligence simulation.
- System Control: data acquisition; transmission; analysis and control.
- Semi-Solid Metal Processing: rheocasting; thixocasting; thixoforming.
- Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems: fibre-optic laser scanning; electrohydrodynamic focusing.
- Experimental Biomaterials Science: characterisation of biomaterial functional properties which arise due to effects at multiple length scales, including cellular, nanoscale and molecular effects.
- Biomaterials and Nanobioanalytical Characterisation.
- Theoretical Mechanics and Computational Stress Analysis (finite element method) for measuring and modelling the macroscopic behaviour of biomaterials and tissues.
- Experimental Mechanics facilities include tensile and biaxial vessel compliance testers.
- Coating Technologies for medical device implants: Sulzer Metco 9MB Plasma Spray Process facility, operated in a dedicated, self-contained and sound-proof room.
- Electrospinning Process - application to tissue engineering including bio-compatibility, strength and perfusion.
- MEDeng research staff have a record of engagement in consultancy and/or collaborative research with major medical device companies including Medtronic, Stryker, Vasorum and others.
- Expert consultancy is offered in the following areas:
- Development and experimental characterisation of biomaterials and medical devices (Dr Garrett McGuinness, Dr Triona Lally).
- Computational stress analysis using the finite element method (Dr Bryan MacDonald).
- Coating technologies for medical device implants, particularly HVOF and thermal spray (Dr Joseph Stokes).
- Novel materials and products are currently being developed for future commercialisation through licencing or start-up companies.
- Technology development for cleaning, transport and provision of water supplies.
- Development for reduced electrical usage within engineering and commodity products.
- Enhancement of sustainable energy supply devices including solar cells, fuel cells, and wind turbines.
- Computational fluid flow modelling for enhanced water flow though pumping systems and reduced energy usage.
- Product development for reduced usage of non-recyclable materials.
- Integration of operations management practices to increase efficiency of work flow.
- Development of novel advanced manufacturing technologies which have reduced energy usage.