Centre for Engineering Innovation receives first Industrial Courtyard
occupant through a $1.4 million agreement
WINDSOR, ON, May 11 /CNW/ - The University of Windsor today announced an
agreement with Brüel & Kjær (B&K), the world's oldest and largest manufacturer and supplier of
sound and vibration measurement apparatus, to establish North America's
first Wind and Renewable Energies Centre of Expertise (WRECE) in the
Centre for Engineering Innovation.
The agreement will provide $1.4 million in research equipment to
UWindsor's Noise Vibration and Harshness-Sound Quality Group (NVH-SQ),
led by Assistant Professor Colin Novak. A graduate level course using
the equipment has already been developed and will be taught this
The centre will be located in the Industrial Courtyard of the University
of Windsor's $112 million Centre for Engineering Innovation, currently
under construction - the University's largest capital project to date.
WRECE and B&K will jointly be the Industrial Courtyard's first
occupants and will move into their new space later this year.
Equipment will include a large-scale wind turbine model and supporting
software for teaching and research that will allow the group to study
the generation of low-frequency wind turbine noise; practices to
quantify wind turbine noise and sound power, as well as design and
vibration testing of turbine components.
"We have had an excellent partnership with the University of Windsor,
working closely with Dr. Novak and the NVH-SQ group to provide the
engineering faculty with access to the latest NVH technologies for both
advanced education and application to industrial projects," says
Clinch. "When combined with the expertise available from the University
of Windsor, I believe we will achieve major research advancements while
being mutually beneficial to both partners."
Dr. Novak says because wind turbines are now an integral part of the
landscape and an important source of future power generation, ongoing
research on noise, vibration and efficiency is essential.
"If we carefully monitor the vibration and noise wind turbines generate
we are well-positioned to minimize their impact on people. Wind energy
is a constantly evolving technology that will have an impact on the
lives of everyone - not just in our immediate community but around the
As well, Novak says, advanced study of the turbines' gearboxes and
blades will also be part of the research.
"These are huge structures with gearboxes the size of an automobile," he
says. "We want to find ways to monitor the conditions inside these
gearboxes with the goal of making them more efficient. It is also
important to find efficiencies in the shape and function of turbine
towers and blades."
Once completed, the Industrial Courtyard will provide a venue for
companies, researchers and students to work together to test ideas,
solve problems, and develop strategies for translating research into
commercially viable processes.
"Our international relationship with B&K and the research opportunities
it will present for our students makes it an ideal first occupant of
the new Industrial Courtyard," says UWindsor President Alan Wildeman.
"With the new Centre for Engineering Innovation, the University of
Windsor is uniquely positioned to provide an outstanding research
environment, linking industry with the innovative ideas of our faculty
Founded in 1963, the University of Windsor has close to 16,000 full-time
and part-time students. The University of Windsor's mission is to
enable people to make a better world through education, scholarship,
research and engagement.
SOURCE University of Windsor
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