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SeeDaten Inc., Clemson exploring augmented and mixed reality training tools

June 5th, 2019

Experienced leader becomes C. Tycho Howle Director of the School of Computing

May 30th, 2019

A fast-growing Clemson University school that is turning students into the tech leaders and entrepreneurs of the future will soon have a new director who wants to provide them new opportunities by expanding partnerships with industry worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

Honda R&D sponsors Deep Orange sustainability concept vehicle

May 20th, 2019

Senior directors to continue growing Clemson relationships for Corporate Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives

April 4th, 2019

In an effort to continue growing Clemson University’s educational, research and economic development opportunities through strategic partnerships, the Office of Corporate Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives has promoted Robert Krulac and hired Angela Lockman as senior business development directors. Read the rest of this entry »

Clemson University, GE Power push advanced manufacturing forward at GE Power’s Additive Manufacturing Lab in Greenville

February 20th, 2019

Clemson University students, faculty and staff can now learn and innovate using state-of-the-art 3D printing technology alongside General Electric (GE) engineers in the new Additive Manufacturing Lab at GE Power’s Advanced Manufacturing Works facility. Unveiled at a ceremony with leaders and constituents from GE and Clemson Wednesday, the 1,000-square-foot space is Clemson’s first additive manufacturing lab housed at a corporate partner’s site. Read the rest of this entry »

Clemson University automotive engineers invent ‘single-shot’ manufacturing technology

January 31st, 2019

New technology that was invented at Clemson University could help reduce the time and cost it takes to manufacture components that are composed of different materials and need to be joined together, researchers said.

Even better, the process could be automated with the help of artificial intelligence, they said.

Srikanth Pilla, right, and Saeed Farahani inspect some of the parts they created as part of their research into hybrid single-shot manufacturing of metals and composites.

Srikanth Pilla and Saeed Farahani are calling their technology “hybrid single-shot manufacturing of metals and composites.”

It’s aimed at streamlining the manufacturing of some components, such as the center consoles in high-end cars, said Pilla, the Jenkins Endowed Professor in the Department of Automotive Engineering and the founding director of Clemson Composites Center.

One of the goals is to reduce the cost of making vehicles lighter, which improves their mileage and helps automotive companies meet federal fuel efficiency standards. But researchers said the technology could be used in a variety of industries, including home appliance manufacturing.

The technology could be ready for the manufacturing floor in as little as two years, Pilla said.

When some parts are made conventionally, one machine stamps sheet metal into the desired shape, and another machine creates polymer or composite parts. Then the pieces are bonded together with glue.

In hybrid single-shot manufacturing, it’s all done in one machine. The technology can be used in existing equipment, obviating the need for major capital investment, Pilla said.

The new method could reduce infrastructure costs and cycle time, while helping ensure that the pieces are mistake free and fit snugly together.

Pilla illustrated the work with a half-moon-shaped piece of polymer that was embedded in a rectangular piece of sheet metal.

“We are shooting the polymer into the sheet metal, and that is deforming the sheet metal,” he said. “While it’s deforming, it’s also bonding to the sheet metal. So, it’s one single operation.”

Farahani moved to Greenville from Tehran Polytechnic to work under Pilla as a Ph.D. student at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.

“When I found this research topic in the literature, I thought, ‘This is going to be perfect for me,’” Farahani said. “My academic background is metal forming, but my experience is mostly on composite and plastic tool design. So with this subject, I can combine these two together.”

Pilla said the team’s approach to the research is unique.

“Maybe one or two research groups in the world have been working on this, but they are all looking at it from the metals side,” he said. “We actually flipped the problem, and we said, ‘This one people will do, and it’s easy to do because sheet metal has a pretty established methodology.’

“Also, my expertise is in polymers and composites, so it makes sense to investigate the problem by flipping it.”

As part of the research, Farahani built a “concept design tool,” and covered it with sensors that measure everything from temperature to pressure. He also created his own software that allows researchers to create a computer model of the machine’s process, also called a “digital twin.”

The digital twin coupled with artificial intelligence is playing a crucial role in teaching the machine to operate on its own.

For the tool to learn, it needs to make mistakes. But allowing the tool to run hundreds of cycles would be too expensive.

Instead, researchers have conducted a limited number of experiments with the machine. Now they are feeding data from the experiments into the machine’s digital twin, along with physics-based models that helps the machine understand its limitations.

“We are saying that science has limits, and these are the limits for you,” Pilla said of the message to the machine. “Then the machine will know what it’s capabilities are and accordingly it will try to learn by itself.”

The research helped Farahani secure his Ph.D. in automotive engineering in December. He is continuing this work as a postdoctoral researcher in Pilla’s lab to further refine the digital twin.

Researchers also plan to test the new technology at the Clemson Composites Center with the goal of making real components.


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ExxonMobil sponsors Deep Orange sustainability concept vehicle at Clemson University

December 6th, 2018

Clemson University students are partnering with industry leaders in an effort to create sustainable solutions for the lifecycle of vehicles. Sponsored by ExxonMobil, graduate automotive engineering students in the university’s flagship Deep Orange program will develop a next-generation sustainable concept vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

Clemson students unveil 600-horsepower hybrid race car prototype

October 6th, 2018

Students at the Clemson University International Center of Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) unveiled their newest Deep Orange concept vehicle, sponsored by Honda R&D Americas Inc. (HRA). After two years, the 19-student team unveiled the high-performance, fuel-efficient motorsports prototype at the ALL-IN Auto Rally Ride & Drive event at Clemson University Saturday, Oct. 6. Read the rest of this entry »

CU-ICAR to unveil Deep Orange 9 at campus pop-up autocross event

September 18th, 2018

Clemson University students will have a chance to show off their driving skills and take hot laps with professional drivers on a professionally designed pop-up autocross course Saturday, Oct. 6, at a campus parking lot. Read the rest of this entry »

Youngsters learn value of preserving Earth while building autonomous boats at CU-ICAR

June 27th, 2018

A boat that drives itself and picks up trash from the ocean? That’s the stuff of science fiction, but it’s reality for a dozen lucky Upstate elementary, middle and high school students who are building their own autonomous boats in a Clemson University summer camp. Read the rest of this entry »