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Team Juggernaut, comprising 5 undergraduate students from the School of Mechanical Engineering, were at UNSW in Sydney to compete in the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition (NIARC) late September 2015.

2015niarc-compThe competition theme centred on logistics and transportation and required the students to design, build and program an autonomous robot to deliver cargo to loading bay terminals while navigating around static and dynamic obstacles, all the while optimising performance to maximise efficiency with the objective of earning the most points.

Team Juggernaut successfully completed all the tasks and after the group stages in Sydney were ranked 11th out of 26 teams.  In the sudden death knockout stages the team narrowly lost out on a spot in the quarter finals to the team from UTAS. Congratulations to Team Juggernaut for a fantastic effort!

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Mr Timothy Atkinson and Professor Warren Bebbinton

Congratulations to Mechatronics student Timothy Atkinson who was successful in receiving one of 12 Honours scholarships from the Playford Trust in 2015. The scholarships are offered annually to South Australian recipients who are studying an Honours program at one of the three South Australian Universities. Each South Australian University is allocated four of the scholarships worth $5, 000 each.

Timothy is part of the Adelaide University Solar Racing Car (AUSRT) team, an Honours project that commenced in 2014 and involves the design and build of a solar car to race in the 2015 World Solar Challenge. The World Solar Challenge is a design competition to find the world’s most efficient electric car and will start in Darwin on Sunday 18 October and finish on 25 October 2015 in Adelaide.

View the AUSRT’s website to find out more about the Solar Car project, and the team’s progress in the lead up to the World Solar Challenge. The Solar Car will also be showcased at Ingenuity 2015 which exhibits university student projects exploring the dynamic world and applications of engineering, computer and mathematical sciences on Tuesday 27 October 2015.

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PhD candidate Kathleen Lask

PhD candidate Kathleen Lask

Welcome to Kathleen Lask, a PhD candidate visiting from the University of California Berkeley. Kathleen was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) grant to collaborate with the University of Adelaide. The NSF GROW grant aims to expand opportunities for fellows to enhance professional development through research collaborations at top-calibre science and engineering research sites overseas. Kathleen is working here with Paul Medwell and Cris Birzer using laser diagnostic techniques to identify the mechanisms behind particulate reductions in biomass Cookstoves.

Nearly half of the world’s population cooks on biomass fires and the pollutants emitted from those fires cause 4.3 million premature deaths per year. A promising technique to reduce the particulate emissions from these stoves is injecting secondary air into the combustion chamber of the stove to promote mixing and recirculation. Early results have shown that this technique can drastically reduce particulate matter from the stove; however if applied incorrectly, secondary air injection can actually increase the number of particles emitted. Kathleen’s research focuses on defining promising secondary air injection modifications and identifying the underlying mechanisms that are reducing or increasing particulate emissions. Through this, she hopes to provide stove developers with a design foundation for secondary air injection systems that avoid undesirable consequences.

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Earlier this month Dr Cris Birzer, School of Mechanical Engineering went to the EWB 2015 Asian Design Summit in Cambodia to help Engineers without Borders (EWB) as a mentor. Here, he shares his experiences of the time spent in Cambodia:
The group consisted of 37 undergraduate engineering students from across Australia (seven from the University of […]

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A team of University of Adelaide students have recently participated in the 2014 Autonomous Ground Vehicle Competition (AGVC), held at Deakin University, Victoria. The team, ‘Zelos-Two’ consisted of 9 students from across several schools including Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Computer Science.
The aim of the AGVC is to create a ground […]

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Congratulations to current School of Mechanical Engineering Research Fellow,  Dr Yunpeng Xue, who was a recent recipient of a 2015 Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship, this award will support 6 months of research, at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Dr Xue plans to undertake a short term investigation to obtain advanced understanding of the […]

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Congratulations to our current PhD student, Michael Evans who has recently been awarded a highly competitive Endeavour scholarship. Michael will be working with Professor Matthias Ihme at Stanford University for 6 months modifying/using reacting LES models towards his current project in understanding flame stabilisation mechanisms and operating limits for next-generation gas turbines.
Emissions reduction and increasing […]

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The use of exoskeleton technology for medical rehabilitation is growing as advances in robotics allow for greater use in clinical environments.
The Exoskeleton Device project aims to develop a lower body exoskeleton as a robotic assisted gait rehabilitation device for children with cerebral palsy. The project is a collaboration between the School of Mechanical Engineering and […]

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The unmanned surface vessels (USVs) or robotic speed boats are fairly popular, as a more advanced technological maritime future of the 21st century.
The aim of this project is to focuses on developing a maritime-based USV multi-purpose robot with capability to deploy Micro-Sonobuoys, performing surveillance missions, and communicate between the ground control system (operators) and other […]

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The University of Adelaide final year honours project group, Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Wake Interaction, recently attended the St. Michael’s College careers night as exhibitors in order to help bridge the gap between secondary and tertiary studies.
It was a good opportunity to gain exposure for the project, team members and the University. The group willingly […]

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