Biomimetics and Biomimicry in Engineering

MMM Researcher Mohammad Alqahtani defends his PhD thesis successfully

In Comment, Info on 2019/06/10 at 11:30 am

Congratulations to Mohammad !!

(looking very tired after his viva but happy for the achievement!)

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Mattia Norrito attends MedTech 2019

In Seminars and Keynotes on 2019/06/05 at 11:20 am

MMM Researcher Mattia Norrito attended the MedTech Innovation Expo in Birmingham last month:

“It has been such a great experience visiting the MedTech Expo 2019 in Birmingham. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet thousands of companies based in UK which were presenting the most cutting-edge biomedical technology available in the market. Moreover, it is the perfect chance to set up new ideas and collaborations! The expo offered a wide range of themes and topics. You could see scientists presenting their last clinical work and business people giving tips on how to run your own startup! As a Ph.D student, the MedTech Expo gave me important notions about bringing innovation to my research and project. I can’t wait to attend it again next year!”

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The Multifunctional Materials Manufacturing (MMM) lab at the Wolfson School, Loughborough University, develops materials and structures suitable for orthopaedic and medical applications.

ASME Conference on Smart Materials

In Publications, Seminars and Keynotes on 2019/04/03 at 3:29 pm

We traveled to the United States to present the results from our study on the manufacture of composites aided by external fields (i.e. magnetic) at the Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS 2018), organised by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in San Antonio, Texas, in September 10-12, 2018.

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The paper ‘Magnetic-assisted Alignment of Reinforcing Functionalized-fibers in a Composite for Lightweight Structures‘ can now be found in volume 1 of the proceedings: Development and Characterization of Multifunctional Materials; Modeling, Simulation, and Control of Adaptive Systems; Integrated System Design and Implementation.

In this work we exploit the use of a weak and safe magnetic field to control the location and orientation of functionalized carbon fiber within a polymeric structural (polyurethane) foam. In this way reinforced composites, typically used as components in the automotive industry and whose bespoke reinforcement conforms to the specifications from a previous design stage for structure and performance optimization, can be manufactured and deployed within the vehicle chassis system.

The results from this study pave the way for the facile, scalable and cost-effective manufacturing of engineered fiber-reinforced composites within applications that span many industrial sectors.

The paper can be found in the Digital Collection or using doi: 10.1115/SMASIS2018-7911