Automotive research at Queen's receives NCE funding
Two Queen’s researchers have received funding from Canada’s automotive research program. AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) is a multi-disciplinary, auto-related research and development initiative, dedicated to a sustainable, globally-competitive Canadian automotive sector.
Brad Diak (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) researches the complex organization of internal structures within light-weight engineering materials, which evolve during processing and determine performance. Through a partnership with Ford Motor Company and TH Magnesium Inc., Queen’s is leading a five university project funded by AUTO21.
“This project will investigate how a new generation of light-weight automotive components may be fabricated using friction stir processing of magnesium alloys that will improve fuel economy, are structurally safe, recyclable, and affordable,” explains Dr. Diak.
Keith Pilkey (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) researches steel processing methods and material performance, addressing the need for thinner, higher strength grades of steel sheet for use in automotive structural components. Queen's has partnered with
ArcelorMittal Dofasco and three other Canadian universities for this research.
“The main objective of this project is to develop novel processing techniques that provide superior strength without compromising the level of formability required during part manufacture,” says Dr. Pilkey.
The goals of AUTO21 are to develop technologies to help keep Canadians safer on the roads and to ensure Canadian companies remain competitive in the global automotive sector.