Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering host researchers from KTH Stockholm
November 11 2011
A group of 28 researchers from the Vehicle Engineering Department in KTH Stockholm including PhD students, Post Doctoral staff and Professors recently visited the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering for a two day symposium in collaboration with the Flow and Acoustics Research Group in TCD.
The topics covered included tyre dynamics, new material applications, vibration and acoustic modelling and experimental methods with applications in light vehicle design. This topic is central to the energy strand of the PRTLI 5 funded GREP ENG programme recently launched within the School of Engineering. As we move from conventional propulsion to totally electric or hybrid vehicles, these cars will effectively be lighter which reduces manufacturing costs, rolling resistance and exterior noise but poses large problems interior acoustics, safety and handing. Awareness of these new technologies will be critical in the emergence of new sustainable designs.
KTH is the leading technical university in Sweden and is supported for its vehicle related research both by the government via various centres (ECO2, Linne FLOW, CCGEx) as well as the Swedish vehicle manufacturers such as Scania, Volvo and Bombardier and, along with TCD, is part of the CLUSTER network of leading European technical universities (www.cluster.org).
It is hoped that this visit, in addition, will lead to developing a platform for student exchanges at Masters and PhD level. The TCD/KTH groups have a strong history of partnership in joint European funded research programmes and will use initiatives such as this to further develop funding bids and research themes in the future.
CLUSTER (Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research) is a consortium of 12 elite European Universities in Science and Engineering (and architecture) with associate members from around the world. These now include Georgia Tech (USA), Tsinghua (China), U Sao Paolo (Brazil), Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (Canada), Tomsk PolyTechnic Univ (Russia) and Technion (Israel).
Both TCD and KTH are members of CLUSTER. Many of the partners now offer considerable portions of their higher level technical programmes in English.
This year, CLUSTER celebrated its twentieth anniversary, which represents a long path where the role of Engineering Education has been questioned and best practices and policies for running institutions to breed talent have been defined.