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Queen's engineer awarded $400,000 for automotive research

 
2009-05-26

Mechanical and Materials Engineering professor Keith Pilkey will receive $404,000 over the next two years towards his automotive research. The funding comes from AUTO21, a national Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program and from industry and public-sector partners.

Dr. Pilkey's work focuses on thinner, higher strength grades of sheet steel for use in structural components needed to make automobiles lighter and more fuel-efficient. The project will investigate new chemistries and processing steps that will allow the steel to be drawn, stretched, or formed without breaking, while maintaining its high strength. The study will also provide a better understanding of the microscopic features and mechanisms that can lead to premature failures during typical manufacturing and service conditions.

Emeritus professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Doug Boyd is a member of the research team, as well as scientists from UBC, University of New Brunswick, Waterloo, McGill and Natural Resources Canada.

AUTO21's two-year, $10-million investment will provide funding for 20 new projects in Canada's automotive sector. Networks of Centres of Excellence are partnerships among universities, industry, government and non-governmental organizations aimed at turning Canadian research and entrepreneurial talent into economic and social benefits for Canadians.

For further details, see the AUTO21 web site.

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