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  • An Institute of mechatronics, a Chair in Hydraulics

    The CETIM (Tech­ni­cal Centre for Mecha­ni­cal Engi­nee­ring Sec­tors) and UTC have enjoyed constant and sup­por­tive col­la­bo­ra­tion since both ins­ti­tu­tions were crea­ted, not only from a peda­go­gi­cal point of view but also in terms of part­ner­ship research agree­ments and contracts. This col­la­bo­ra­tion was faci­li­ta­ted by the fact that both are clo­se­ly loca­ted, geo­gra­phi­cal­ly spea­king. In 1999, UTC and the CETIM were asso­ciate part­ners in the crea­tion of the LATIM (Labo­ra­to­ry for Data Pro­ces­sing in Mecha­ni­cal Engi­nee­ring Sciences and Appli­ca­tions) and the orga­ni­za­tion of joint research pro­jects and themes. Today both ins­ti­tu­tions are col­la­bo­ra­ting on three main themes, viz., mate­rial mecha­ni­cal engi­nee­ring sciences, vibro-acous­tics and mecha­tro­nics, in various joint pro­jects such as can be iden­ti­fied in the i‑Trans com­pe­ti­ti­vi­ty pole

    Institute of mechatronics

    UTC and the CETIM joi­ned forces in 2008 to create a joint ins­ti­tute spe­cia­li­zed in mecha­tro­nics grou­ping a trai­ning scheme, R&D and tech­no­lo­gy trans­fer facilities.

    The objec­tive of the Ins­ti­tute is to encou­rage and faci­li­tate trai­ning of engi­neers and col­la­bo­ra­tive research and, impor­tant­ly also, to pro­vide a joint offer with high added value ser­vices for both natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal enter­prises. Mecha­tro­nics is a valuable vec­tor for pro­duct desi­gn inno­va­tion, com­bi­ning, as it does, mecha­ni­cal engi­nee­ring sciences and appli­ca­tions, elec­tro-mecha­ni­cal devices, data pro­ces­sing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion systems.

    Mecha­tro­nics is a spe­cial­ty found in space acti­vi­ties (satel­lites, …), in aero­nau­tics (stable flight control mana­ge­ment), in road vehicles (ESP, ABS) and like­wise in consu­mer goods such as washing machines or prin­ter devices), in machines gene­ral­ly (aids to machine ope­ra­tions, adap­ta­bi­li­ty of pro­duc­tion means, on-line qua­li­ty assess­ment …); the spe­cial­ty lies at the core of inno­va­tive pro­cesses and protocols.

    The Ins­ti­tute is in line with the evo­lu­tion of mecha­ni­cal engi­nee­ring pro­ducts in terms of control­led func­tio­na­li­ties and effi­cien­cy cri­te­ria (per­for­mance, out­put, safe­ty, cleanliness …).

    Three main axes constituent the activities of the institute:

    • trai­ning for hydrau­lic and mecha­tro­nics engi­nee­ring specialties
    • a com­bi­ned research and deve­lop­ment activity
    • an inno­va­tion inten­sive acti­vi­ty and tech­no­lo­gy trans­fer actions

    Chair in hydraulics and mechatronics

    Tea­chers res­pon­sible for the chair: Eric Noppe – Benoit Eynard

    Within the mecha­tro­nics ins­ti­tute, UTC and the CETIM also agreed to create a Hydrau­lics-Mecha­tro­nics Chair ini­tia­ted by the indus­tria­lists of these spe­cial­ties and their pro­fes­sio­nal trade union, ARTEMA, with finan­cial sup­port from the Picar­die Region and the FEDER (EU) fund. The objec­tive assi­gned here is to build up a net­work of tech­no­lo­gi­cal resources spe­ci­fic to these spe­cial­ties, using and relying on UTC's spe­cial know-how and skills in the area, com­bi­ned with the CETIM capa­ci­ties for tech­no­lo­gy trans­fer and also using their increa­sing clo­ser proxi­mi­ty fac­tor with indus­tria­lists. The crea­tion of this Chair also streng­thens the degree of inter­ac­ti­vi­ty in the Picar­die Region among tech­no­lo­gy trans­fer and the mar­ket place in terms of out­lets for hydrau­lic equipment.

    Objectives assigned here include the development of a specialist, high level, training offer that answers the needs of the industrial sectors who create new equipment and systems for fluid power transmission systems, viz.:

    • hydrau­lic and pneu­ma­tic components
    • various vehicle and mobile struc­tures (auto­mo­biles, public works, hand­ling, agri­cul­tu­ral machines, rail­road sec­tor facilities …)
    • machines and equip­ment for manu­fac­tu­ring (machine-tools …)

    The key area for appli­ca­tions is still mecha­ni­cal engi­nee­ring, with a sys­te­mic approach in which the control-ope­ra­tion of actua­tors is an inte­gra­ted fea­ture. The asso­ciate research pro­gramme is defi­ni­ti­ve­ly orien­ted to inno­va­tive appli­ca­tions and tech­no­lo­gies for the pur­pose of impro­ving per­for­mance levels, to contri­bute to future desi­gns and widen the scope of appli­ca­tions for hydrau­lic trans­mis­sion systems.

    The main themes of this activity lie at the heart of a set of industrial concerns, viz.:

    • impro­ve­ment and opti­mi­za­tion of the desi­gn sequences that imply use of elec­tro-hydrau­lic or elec­tro-pneu­ma­tic sys­tems, using advan­ced model­ling tech­niques and tools
    • impro­ve­ments for sys­tems and com­po­nents in stra­te­gic area of ener­gy effi­cien­cy objec­tives, noise aba­te­ment and redu­ced pol­lu­tants, and equip­ment ope­ra­tio­nal safety.

    The Chair uses a spe­cia­li­zed tech­ni­cal plat­form, grou­ping toge­ther desi­gn and model­ling tools and various expe­ri­men­tal rigs at the joint tea­ching and R&D pre­mises. The chair and courses have enabled 80 engi­neers to be qua­li­fied in the dual spe­cial­ties of hydrau­lics and mechatronics.

    Never­the­less, a lot of deve­lop­ments in mecha­tro­nics require inte­gra­tion and adap­ta­tion of com­pu­ter science and data pro­ces­sing inputs: data ana­ly­sis, pat­tern recog­ni­tion, ope­ra­tio­nal safe­ty para­me­ters, automation/capitalization of know­ledge acquirements; .…

    Indeed, the pro­ducts crea­ted deve­lo­ped in mecha­tro­nics – to the extent that they are ful­ly equip­ped with sen­sors – can feel, touch, mea­sure their envi­ron­ment. The ques­tion the­re­fore is – what is the use of the sen­sors if we can­not ana­lyse the data pro­per­ly. This Chair has the objec­tive to satis­fy this requirement.

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