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ERDF079: Setting up of Mechanical Engineering Computer Modelling and Simulation Laboratory

Project Cost: €385,431
Beneficiary: University of Malta
Line Ministry: Ministry for Education and Employment
Start Date: 2008
End Date: 2011

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

This project lead to the setting up of a computer modeling and simulation laboratory in the department of mechanical engineering in order to improve the level of teaching and research activity within the department.

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: European Regional Development Fund
Operational Objective: To undertake a number of smart investments in the knowledge infrastructure and research capacity in higher education;
Priority Axis: PA1 Enhancing Knowledge and Innovation
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA1 Investment in RTDI and RTDi-related Infrastructure and ICT

Project Objectives

The intention of this project is to set up a computer modelling and simulation laboratory/research centre within the mechanical engineering department. This will support Malta’s efforts in becoming a knowledge-based competitive economy.

Project Results

Works - Design, supply and installation of servicesAir-conditioningAluminium worksPatch panelsElectrical works + computer networkSecurity (access card/CCTV)Security bars on windowsFire protection for server roomFire retardant door for server roomRaised flooringImproving accessibilitySupply of Laboratory furnitureTables ChairsDeskShelvingFiling cabinetsCupboardsSupply of Computer Hardware and laboratory equipmentPCs for teachingPCs for researchServersTFT screensLaptopsPrinter/photcopier/scannerProjectorComputer cabinet 24UUPS for servers and research computersNetwork switchesVideocameraDigital cameraElectronic white-boardSupply of computer softwareFinite Element Analysis Package: Research licencesComputational Fluid Dynamics package: Teaching licencesComputational Fluid Dynamics Package: Research licencesMathematical Package: Teaching licencesMathematical Package: Research licencesInternal Combustion Engine Modelling: Teaching licencesWind turbine blade design package: Teaching licenceSolid Modelling Package: Teaching licencesElectronics Cooling package: Research licenceWind Farm Simulation Package: Research licencesNaval Architecture/Marine Engineering Software package: Teaching licencesSupply of Laboratory apparatusHot wire anemometerHot wire probesPressure transducersData Acquisition SystemOscilloscopeElectronic engine controllerExhaust gas analyserMotors and invertersVibrations equipmentTrainingPublicity

Project Purpose

The setting up of a computer modelling and simulation laboratory within the department of mechanical engineering will:• Enhance the level of teaching and research within the department• Introduce new postgraduate courses in computational techniques in mechanical engineering such as computational mechanics, computational fluid dynamics, etc.• Boost research activities within the department• Enable Maltese researchers to participate in international research activitiesImprove industry links by offering state of the art engineering services to local industry.