CFI funding supports clean cars of the future

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Waterloo Engineering automotive research projects are receiving financial support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) Automotive Partnership Canada Fund. The two initiatives will help improve fuel efficiency: one by developing lightweight parts and the other by designing intelligent control systems.

A team of researchers led by Hamid Jahed, a mechanical and mechatronics professor, is receiving more than $216,000 for a four-year project to find the optimum design of automotive parts that are made of magnesium alloys and are subject a high degree of stress. The use of magnesium in the manufacturing of these parts would significantly reduce vehicle weight, and lead to improved ride comfort, better handling performance, greater fuel economy, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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