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Reference Number EP/E002773/1
Title Phase II WIMRC
Status Completed
Energy Categories ENERGY EFFICIENCY(Transport) 10%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 90%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr K (Ken ) Young
No email address given
The Manufacturing Technology Centre: MTC
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2006
End Date 31 March 2008
Duration 18 months
Total Grant Value £8,038,192
Industrial Sectors Defence and Marine; Transport Systems and Vehicles; Communications; Healthcare; Aerospace; Manufacturing
Region West Midlands
Programme User-Led Research
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr K (Ken ) Young , The Manufacturing Technology Centre: MTC (99.991%)
  Other Investigator Professor P Bryanston-Cross , School of Engineering, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Professor VH Raja , School of Engineering, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Dr GJ Gibbons , School of Engineering, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Dr P A Jennings , School of Engineering, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Dr JD Garside , School of Engineering, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Dr G Smith , School of Engineering, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Dr R Jones , School of Engineering, University of Warwick (0.001%)
Mr C Chapman , Technology Innovation Centre, Birmingham City University (0.001%)
Professor SL (Stewart ) Robinson , Business and Economics, Loughborough University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , University of Warwick (0.000%)
Project Contact , Lambda Photometrics Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Jaguar Land Rover Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , DEFRA (0.000%)
Project Contact , NGK Europe GmbH, Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish Enterprise (SE) (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Bath (0.000%)
Project Contact , NHS Inst for Innovation and Improvement (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ransomes Jacobsen Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rockwell Automation (U K) Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , TATA Motors Engineering Technical Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , Taj Medical Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Trilogee Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Institute of Clinical Research (0.000%)
Project Contact , Roi Operations Management Ltd (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract The Warwick IMRC will be active in two focus sectors as followsIntelligent and Eco-Friendly VehiclesThe future of road transport will undoubtedly require vehicles to become more intelligent. This will reduce accidents, improve infrastructure utilisation thereby reducing congestion and minimise environmental impact through more efficient vehicle dynamics. The application of intelligence will allow major changes to the construction of vehicles and the reduction of unladen weight since structures to absorb impact damage will become redundant if collision avoidance systems are implemented. The research will investigate the impact on vehicle design, the technologies required, changes in manufacturing processes, final test implications and vehicle maintenance and upgrade throughout the product lifetime. In addition aspects of the driver -vehicle interface will be researched to minimise the impact on "driver satisfaction". The work will also encompass aerospace applications inareas such as autonomous planes for military and commercial use.Lean HealthcareA major challenge for the healthcare industry is to deliver high quality care at the time of need at minimum cost and with maximum customer/supplier (patient/healthcare practitioner) satisfaction. There are many challenges that can be addressed through the application of design, technology and management processes. Many of the lessons learnt in other industries can be adapted to address these challenges and in particular the successes in "lean manufacturing" are especially relevant. Projects in this area will include hospital based initiatives such as robotically assisted surgery, primary care research in health centres and doctors surgeries, remote diagnostic systems applicable to the long-term ill living at home and the application of best practice in new product introduction to improve the roll-out and acceptance of innovation in the healthcare industry
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