City takes part in NARIP engineering design project
Professor Ahmed Kovacevic, Howden Professor in Engineering Design and Compressor Technology, led a team of City’s European Global Product Realisation (EGPR) mechanical engineering academics and students on an ERASMUS+ funded international group design project in Zagreb, Croatia. They were part of a week-long Final Workshop which ended on 3rd July.
The European Global Product Realisation (EGPR) programme is an academic virtual enterprise, comprising City University London, University of Ljubljana, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, University of Zagreb and one industrial partner, which, for 2015, was INETEC - the Institute for Nuclear Technology in Zagreb.
INETEC is renowned for technological and service excellence in the nuclear industry, providing systems for nuclear power plant examination and repair services, supported by intensive research and development programmes. In the 2015 EGPR project, international teams of students, supported by company specialists and academic staff, were tasked with developing a submersible device for inspection of welds in a nuclear reactor for use in the power plant’s operation.
The University of Zagreb hosted this year's EGPR project and the week-long final workshop. Overall, 35 students, 7 professors, 6 coaches and 4 administrative staff members participated in the project. It was fully funded by ‘Networked Activities for Realisation of Innovative Products’ (NARIP) under the ERASMUS+ KA2 Strategic Partnership Grant Agreement. NARIP funding is scheduled to last for three years of activity and is coordinated by the University of Ljubljana, with City receiving a major share of the available funds. The project is performed in three phases; the just completed first phase culminated in the successful assembly and testing of the prototype submersible inspection vehicle in Zagreb. The second and third phases will involve industrial partners in Budapest and London respectively. City will host the third project in 2016/17 and will be responsible for the dissemination of results, which is expected to be through major conferences including DESIGN and Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE) and will be documented in high-impact publications such as the Design Science Journal. A book will also be published to specify the methodology used in EGPR and to give directions for future projects.
Professor Ahmed Kovacevic said:
“The EGPR is a unique programme in European engineering education which provides excellent opportunities for international collaboration. It addresses all aspects of the education of engineers for the 21st Century as defined by the Henley Report for the Royal Academy Engineering (RAEng). It also solidifies the bonds between academia and industry, creating graduates with readily employable product design and business skills.”
A spokesman for INETEC said:
“The EGPR project is great opportunity for research institutions and institutes. It is nice to realise the potential of large group of students. This complex system this year was great success for the company”.
Product design engineers, also known as industrial designers, combine their knowledge of design, engineering, and manufacturing processes to create functional products. They may conduct tests in order to determine whether their products meet all requirements, then document the results. Product design engineers must often meet with members of various departments within their companies in order to review prototypes or discuss required design modifications.