Purdue University says a consortium of engineering faculty and facilities, which formed in January, is seeking partnerships with manufacturers throughout the state. The Indiana Consortium for Simulation-based Engineering of Materials and Structures says it can provide crucial knowledge to manufacturers to improve their products.
The ICSEMS includes members of the university's School of Mechanical Engineering, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Lyles School of Civil Engineering. Thomas Siegmund, professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue, says the consortium's simulation-based engineers will be able to directly alongside Hoosier manufacturers.
"It’s designed to be a mutually beneficial partnership," said Thomas Siegmund, professor of mechanical engineering. "Manufacturers can benefit from our expertise in computational modeling, and Purdue students and faculty can benefit from conducting that research in real-world environments."
Purdue says the consortium has already shown promise through a case study with Shelbyville-based Knauf Insulation. The university says the collaboration with Purdue faculty led to Knauf implementing several new techniques into their manufacturing processes.
The university adds the consortium will also focus on providing education and training for the engineering work force. It also provides a "platform for running open-source simulation software for small and medium enterprises."
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