BackUniversity of Western Ontario – Advanced Manufacturing Park
c/o Paul Paolatto, Executive Director
1151 Richmond St
Phone: (519) 850-2307
Assets And Services
Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) - partnering with Fanshawe & Fraunhofer //aims to empower collaboration between leading edge research, manufacturing, entrepreneur and investment partners to rapidly generate high technology, manufacturing innovations and advanced solutions.
Materials & Biomaterials research - Metals (Improved performance and cost-effectiveness; Characterization to understand the relationship between material properties and the manufacturing process; Behaviour of metals in harsh environments of nuclear reactors), Polymers (Green methods of manufacturing polymer materials to reduce environmental impact; Development of polymer structures to deliver drugs/ improve medical tests, including MRICo-location of an international LANXESS – global leader in butyl rubber manufacture – R&D centre with Surface Science Western), Nanomaterials (Investigations and applications in a wide range of fields, including those facilitated by Western’s Nanofabrication Laboratory; Development of nanocomposites embedded into contact lenses; Computer models of carbon nanotube/polymer nanocomposites to predict how nanomaterials influence bulk material performance), Composite materials (AMP - Fraunhofer Project Centre - Development, testing, validation of lightweight materials - fibre composites - Direct Sheet Molding Components, Long Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics, High Pressure Resin transfer Molding); Biomaterials (Development of ceramic composite biomaterials for dental and orthopaedic implants; Application of engineering principles to grow organs and tissues in vitro from primary cells and synthetic scaffolds; Use of fermentation to produce pharmaceuticals, insecticides and materials that could displace petrochemicals as raw materials), & Materials for energy (Scientific basis for large-scale production of highly tailored nanotube-based materials for applications in such areas as fuel cells, batteries and sensing technologies; New polymer materials for lightweight, flexible batteries; Development of low-cost, high-performance materials for solar cells). The Fraunhofer Project Centre is North America’s first full-sized production environment for the development, testing, and validation of lightweight materials and advanced manufacturing processes, in partnership with Germany's Fraunhofer Society, Europe's largest applied research organization. The ability to develop materials with specific desirable properties, particularly those that are light-weight or have low life-cycle impact is highly valuable to manufacturers in automotive, aerospace, or renewable energy, among other industries. The primary focus of research at the Fraunhofer Project Centre will therefore be fibre composites for lightweight construction in various markets. Material and process research will be carried out in processing technologies such as Direct – Sheet Moulding Compounds (D-SMC), Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics (LFT) and High Pressure Resin Transfer Moulding (HP RTM).
Southern Ontario Smart Computing Consortium (Partnership between IBM Canada, the Governments of Canada and Ontario, and a consortium of seven universities, led by Western and the University of Toronto. Other university partners include: McMaster University, University of Ottawa, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Queen’s University and University of Waterloo. Deploys open source Cloud Computing and Agile Computing infrastructure at Western, designed to facilitate researchers’ efforts to enhance current cloud computing technology.
Product Testing and Materials Characterisation
The WindEEE (Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment) Dome is the world's first hexagonal wind tunnel that will allow scientists to address scientific, economic and societal challenges related to wind. This large scale structure (25 meters diameter for the inner dome and 40 meters diameter for the outer dome) has the capability of physically simulating high intensity wind systems, including tornados, downbursts and gust fronts that cannot be created in any existing wind tunnels. The floor of the WindEEE Dome can accommodate replicas of buildings, bridges and cityscapes, enabling engineers to test for structural soundness in a variety of wind conditions. The Dome also has the capability to test turbines used in wind farms to achieve maximum efficiency.
Other product development, design or innovation support services, assets or capabilities not listed above
The Catapult Centre for Technology Commercialization will support a variety of partner companies engaged in the collaborative projects in active development at the Fraunhofer Project Centre. With ongoing support from the project partners and London’s innovation community and infrastructure, these projects have the potential to develop into their own independent research centres and full-scale production plants at the adjacent serviced industrial land that is capable of supporting well over 1,000 long-term advanced manufacturing jobs. The Catapult Centre will allow the engagement and participation of multiple industry partners while ensuring the security of their IP and proprietary technology from competitive companies.