CDT-EI @ PMC Conference

11 September 2016

Loughborough University’s Dynamic Research group hosted the ‘Powertrain Modelling and Control’ (PMC) 2016 conference; from the 7th to the 9th September, where CDT-EI members also aided in presenting and organising the event.  The event hosted many presentation on the research done all over the world, including well thought out and interesting key note speakers. These speakers include:

  1. Dr Andreas Schamel - Director Global Powertrain Research & Advanced and Director Ford Aachen Research & Innovation Center (RIC).
  2. Professor Mehrdad Ehsani - Robert M. Kennedy Endowed Chair Professor of Electrical EngineeringElectrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University.
  3. Professor Anna Stefanopoulou - Professor of Mechanical Engineering,  Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department, University of Michigan, Director, Automotive Research Centre

These speakers and the researchers who presented their findings all have a significant impact on research and cutting edge technology on the automotive industry. CDT-EI member Robert Turnbull presented his findings on the coupled dynamic analysis of piston compression rings.

PMC 2016 was not only about presenting research but also to show case cutting edge technologies from many of the industrial sponsors who helped give rise to the opportunities showed at PMC 2016. These sponsors include:

  • AVL
  • Claytex
  • Dassault Systemes
  • Caprisorn
  • Horiba
  • ACSoft
  • Cambustion

Many of the sponsors had their own papers to present at PMC, and to show the future generation implementations to the modern road vehicles.

Loughborough Dynamic Research group also organised a scenic train trip with a classic steam engine and first class Gala Dinner. The train trip went through the old unused stations. The stations were kept/made to feel the time of the 1900s. Members were also allowed to see the coal fuelled furnace. The nature of the atmosphere allowed many industry associates to see researchers in a more relaxed manner and allowed an exchange of ideas and thoughts in a non-formal manner, while giving a good setting for the following day. The atmosphere experienced that evening was described priceless.  

At the Galla Dinner Professor Homer Rahnejat, Professor of Dynamics gave a wonderful and memorable speech. Going from his past students making a difference to this world to the new projects being generated at the University.

It is hoping that PMC 2018 will continue the success and the experience of PMC 2016 and the possibility of more papers being published both the Dynamic Research Group and the CDT-EI.

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