Short Courses

Precision Engineering Industrial Short Course, Cranfield University.

2017 date to be confirmed

 

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A highly practical, results orientated five day intensive short course covering the basic principles and state-of-the-art concepts to increase the precision, accuracy and reliability of machine tools and products.

 

This course is based on the highly successful short course series developed by Professors Pat McKeown, John Corbett and Paul Shore at Cranfield University.  It has previously been provided in Europe, the USA and numerous Asian countries during the last 20 years.  With constant updating of content and with newly engaged internationally renowned instructors, this course offers a unique blend of the most current technical knowledge.

Suitable for engineers in the machine tool, automotive, aerospace, optics and semiconductor industries.  It is highly appropriate to individuals involved in purchasing high value precision engineering facilities where accuracy capability is critical to profitability and success.

Course topics:

  • Deterministic performance of machines
  • Design of high precision machines: analysis, principles and techniques
  • Mechatronics
  • Kinematics/semi-kinematics design
  • Design of machine structures and flexures
  • Precision motion sensing, actuation and control
  • Spindles and slideways for high precision
  • Precision temperature measurement
  • Thermal effects
  • Assessment of machine tool dynamic performance
  • Machine metrology and calibration
  • Geometric and texture measurement
  • Precision abrasive processes
  • Energy beam material processing
  • Error budgeting: geometric and thermal
  • Case study design reviews
  • Laboratory visits at Cranfield University

Course speakers
Professor Paul Shore is the Head of Engineering Divisions at the National Physical Laboratory. The National Physical Laboratory is the national measurement standards laboratory for the United Kingdom and is the largest applied physics organization in the UK. Paul is also Professor of Precision Engineering at Cranfield University and led its Precision Engineering Institute from 2002- 2015, where he developed its activities to be world leading with unrivalled precision engineering research facilities and laboratories. Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Paul Morantz is the Director of the EPSRC Centre in Ultra Precision at Cranfield University. Paul is an expert in precision metrology and has devised mathematical bases for the complex tool-path and metrology techniques utilised across a wide range of platforms. He has extensive academic research interests and industrial experience in ultra precision control, metrology and machine design.

Dr Xavier Tonnellier is a Research Fellow at Cranfield University who has active research activities in large scale ultra precision surfaces technologies and process development, advanced optical fabrication for space and astronomy, high precision grinding technology, robotic polishing technology and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technologies (solar tubes coating technology).

Dr Renaud Jourdain is a Research Fellow at Cranfield University.   Renaud has developed advanced fabrication techniques using plasmas, lasers and computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine tools. His research aims to establish a new plasma figuring method for metre scale optical surfaces. Renaud’s other research interests include dwell time based figuring technique, heat transfer, and numerical modelling.

Richard May-Miller, formerly a project engineer at Cranfield Precision, has particular experience in control software and metrology for high precision machines.

International speakers
We are pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. Ir. Hans Vermeulen, Senior Manager Research at ASML, The Netherlands as one of the international lecturers on this course. Hans is a senior manager responsible for research and pre-development in mechatronics and control technologies and next generation EUV lithography systems. We also welcome Prof Martin Culpepper, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Martin is the Associate Director of the MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing Productivity and a Fellow of the ASME.

The course fee of £1,750 includes tuition, course notes and materials, refreshments and lunches and the course dinner, but does not include accommodation.  Short Course accommodation packages are available on campus at Mitchell Hall on a bed, breakfast and dinner basis, subject to availability.  Please state interest when registering for the course.

Lab demonstrations will also take place by Micro Epsilon, Aerotech and Goodfellow.

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Short Courses are subject to Cranfield University’s terms and conditions. We reserve the right to amend published information.

Ultra Precision Machining Technology Short Course, Cranfield University

2017 date to be confirmed

 

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A two day intensive short course covering the basic principles and state-of-the-art machining technology.

 

This course has developed from the highly successful short course series developed by Professors Pat McKeown, John Corbett, David Allen and Paul Shore at Cranfield University, that has been provided in Europe, USA and the Far East during the past 20 years. With constant updating of content this course offers a unique blend of the most current technical knowledge.

Suitable for engineers in the machine tool, automotive, aerospace, optics and semiconductor industries.  It is highly appropriate to individuals involved in purchasing high value precision engineering facilities where form accuracy, surface roughness and surface features capability are critical to profitability and success.

Course topics:

  • Introduction and overview of precision engineering
  • Abrasive machining processes
  • Fixed abrasive machining
  • Surface characterisation (contact and non-contact)
  • Thermal effects in machine tools
  • Metal cutting principles
  • Single point diamond turning
  • Non conventional machining (plasma based processes)
  • Precision loose abrasive processes (CNC polishing)
  • Non conventional machining
  • Dynamic performance of machine tools
  • Laboratory visits at Cranfield University

Course speakers
Paul Morantz is the Director of the EPSRC Centre in Ultra Precision at Cranfield University. Paul is an expert in precision metrology and has devised mathematical bases for the complex tool-path and metrology techniques utilised across a wide range of platforms. He has extensive academic research interests and industrial experience in ultra precision control, metrology and machine design.
Dr Xavier Tonnellier is a Research Fellow at Cranfield University who has active research activities in large scale ultra precision surfaces technologies and process development, advanced optical fabrication for space and astronomy, high precision grinding technology, robotic polishing technology and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technologies (solar tubes coating technology).
Dr Renaud Jourdain is a Research Fellow at Cranfield University.   Renaud has developed advanced fabrication techniques using plasmas, lasers and computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine tools. His research aims to establish a new plasma figuring method for metre scale optical surfaces. Renaud’s other research interests include dwell time based figuring technique, heat transfer, and numerical modelling.
Dr Konstantinos Salonitis is a Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Systems, and the Manufacturing Systems and Management Programme Director at Cranfield University.  His expertise is in the modelling of manufacturing processes.  His research interests include laser manufacturing processes, additive manufacturing and casting. His research in grinding processes has resulted in numerous publications that have been widely cited.

Short Courses are subject to Cranfield University’s terms and conditions. We reserve the right to amend published information.

Energy Beam Processing Short Course, University of Cambridge

2017 date to be confirmed

 

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A short course aimed at providing delegates with an understanding of the ways in which energy beam technologies are used to deliver ultra precision materials processing capabilities in engineering applications.

Course Aims
The aims of this course is to provide participants with an understanding of the ways in which energy beam technologies are used to deliver ultra precision materials processing capabilities in engineering applications. The course focuses on two key energy beam technology systems widely applied in a number of ultra precision manufacturing applications. Strong emphasis is placed on presenting the underlying science of laser and ion beam technologies and the systems that deliver them. Methods are both theoretically and practically explored in a number of application case studies. The course will also provide delegates with both an understanding of issues and the practical means of dealing with these advanced ultra precision manufacturing solutions.

Course Content

Part 1 – Ion Beams

This part of the course covers a wide range of lithography and processing techniques. The emphasis is to provide delegates with an awareness of where ion beam lithography tools are applied in manufacturing operations. Subjects covered include:

  • Optical lithography
  • The current status of EUV lithography
  • Beam sample interactions
  • Basics of ion beam lithography
  • Electron beam lithography 1
  • Electron beam lithography 2
  • Alternative lithography techniques 1
  • Alternative lithography techniques 2
Part 2 – Laser Beams

This section of the course covers a wide range of laser system technologies and micro materials processing techniques. The emphasis is to provide participants with awareness of how and where laser beam micro processing tools are supplied in ultra precision manufacturing operations. Subjects covered include:

  • Generation of laser light
  • Laser source technologies
  • Laser beam characteristics
  • Laser beam manipulation
  • Laser matter interactions
  • Materials processing
  • Laser system technologies
  • [Laser based micro processing applications
Upon completion of the course delegates should:
  • Understand core scientific underpinning and engineering delivery and applications of energy beam technologies
  • Have a thorough appreciation of how energy beam technologies are used in the fabrication of ultra precision devices
  • Be able to assess and utilise appropriate technology choices for the production of ultra precision components
  • Understand the operation of and the practical means of applying energy beam technologies in an ultra precision manufacturing context
Lecturers on this course are Dr Richard Langford and Prof Bill O’Neill.

To find out more about this short course, please contact Sophie Fuller at the University of Cambridge.

Renewable Energy Policy, Modeling and Analysis of Potential

2017 date to be confirmed

 

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Cranfield University offers this two-day short course providing an insight in the European energy policy and market.  It will additionally give an introduction to renewable energy (RE) potential modelling within a Geographical Information System (GIS) environment.

 

This course offers an insight into the highly topical area of European energy policy. It will be of value to anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of the potential of various renewable energy technologies, their opportunities, and benefits at both regional and national scales.

Delivered through a combination of lectures and practical sessions, the course will allow delegates to broaden their knowledge of renewable energy policy and the European electricity market. You will learn how to carry out modelling at a local and national scale within a GIS environment.

The course will be of particular interest to scientists, engineers, managers, technologists and postgraduate researchers from the energy sector.  It will also be valuable to manufacturing and engineering companies, policy makers, investors, research academics, technical professionals, technical staff and non-specialists who wish to gain a better understanding of the potential of the various renewable energy technologies, its opportunities and its benefits at a regional or national scale.

Speakers include

  • Dr. rer. nat. Martin Pudlik, a scientific researcher in the Competence Centre Energy Policy and Energy Markets at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI)
  • Dr Chris Sansom of Cranfield University, who is an internationally authority on Concentrating Solar Power.
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Concentrating Solar Power

22-24 March 2017

 

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Cranfield University has organised this specialist training course aimed to provide both theoretical and practical expertise in this rapidly growing technology and its applications.

 

Scientists and engineers who are currently engaged in energy and power generation need to be aware of recent global expansion in the building of CSP plants. This offers opportunities for the entire CSP supply chain, including component manufacturing. To meet this need for increased knowledge and understanding of CSP, Cranfield University has organised this specialist short course aimed to provide both theoretical and practical expertise in this rapidly growing technology and its applications.

The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, practical sessions and a group exercise and will allow delegates to broaden their knowledge of solar collector designs and solar coating technology. The course will provide an overview of all aspects of concentrating solar power technology. It will also encompass CSP applications, giving delegates an awareness of its use for electrical power generation, heating and cooling, water desalination, the provision of industrial process heat, as well as off-grid medium and small scale cooking and water purification for remote regions of the world.

The course will be of particular interest to scientists, engineers, managers, technologists, and postgraduate engineers from the energy sector. It will also be valuable to manufacturing and engineering companies, policy makers, investors, research academics, technical professionals, technical staff and non-specialists who wish to gain a better understanding of CSP technology, its opportunities and its applications.

Speakers include

  • Dr Chris Sansom of Cranfield University, who is an internationally authority on Concentrating Solar Power.
  • Dr Peter Turner is the former Head of CSP Technologies at E-On and has over 30 years experience in the power industry.
  • Dr Debabrata Bhattacharyya is leading research in infrared optics and thin film sensing coatings technology at Cranfield University.
  • Dr Paul Kirby is a Senior Research Fellow in Concentrating Solar Thermal Materials and Manufacturing Technology at Cranfield University with previous research in MEMS.
  • Dr Kumar Patchigolla is a Lecturer in Carbon Capture and Storage at Cranfield University.
  • Dr Xavier Tonnellier is a Research Fellow in Precision Engineering at Cranfield University whose interests focus on large scale ultra precision surface technologies and process development.
  • Dr Heather Almond is a Research Fellow in the Precision Engineering Institute at Cranfield University working on CSP technologies.
  • Dr Peter King is a Research Fellow in Concentrating Solar Thermal Manufacturing at Cranfield University. Current research interests include assessment of solar collector shape with ground and UAV based photogrammetry.
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