Loughborough University’s CDT-EI participated in the 9th International Styrian Noise, Vibration and Harshness (ISNVH) conference held between 22nd and 24th July 2016 in Graz Austria. The group was also invited to AVL LIST GmBH for a formal meeting and an opportunity to meet their Austrian colleagues. Overall we found this was a fruitful experience. The CDT would like to thank Dr Offner and his colleagues for the both the meal and event.

Inhv ConferenceThe CDT members who participated in this event were Robert Turnbull and Gajarajan Sivayogan. They were also accompanied with members of the Loughborough University Dynamics Research Group, these members included: Professor Stephanos Theodosiadase, Dr Mehdi Mohammadpour, Rickie Bewsher, Ehsan Fatourehchi,  Dr Elliot Motato , Ahmed Harris, Vishak Elisaus, , Steve Horner, and Kelly Savva.

The main aims of the AVL meeting was to show the respective progress of Rickie Bewsher, Robert Turnbull and Gajarajan Sivayogan. The board members from AVL consisted of:

AVL found the progress done were above board and AVL are looking forward to the further work in the next 3-4 years journey.

The dynamics research group contributed two papers to the conference. Firstly Ehsan Fatourehchi presented his paper on ‘Efficiency and Durability Prediction of High Performance Racing Transmissions’. Ahmed Harris and Dr Elliot Motato presented a Paper on the ‘Dampening effects introduced by a nonlinear vibration absorber in automotive drivelines at idle engine speeds’. Both papers received high appreciation and a few questions. The fruitful presentations provided by our colleagues gave us further insight into preparation and delivery of conference papers.    

Key note speakers provided an insight into industrial research, development and application. A number of fruitful presentations were given by leading industrial experts including our industrial partner/supervisor from AVL.  Dr Offner also presented a paper on ‘Current Challenges and Frontiers for the EHD Simulation of Journal Bearings: A Review’. His presentation showed a brief overview of AVL workflow and state of the art literature with regards to simulations in journal bearings.

Along with attending the conference the CDT group received an introduction and special training in EXCITE; specifically the group looked into Power Unit module of the program. The introductory training was looking into the analysis of a simplified piston system. Furthermore Robert Turnbull attended a PUMA training course involving the use of the AVL PUMA engine test software.

The conference was concluded with some fruitful keynote speakers with the works on Vehicle acoustics particularly interesting. Especially the case of looking into measuring noise in an acoustic chamber and computing numerical models of wind noise. The CDT had a great experience attending the 9th ISNVH conference and the group is looking forward to attending the major milestone at the 10th ISNVH conference. 

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