7 November 2011
Strengthening our industrial links, supporting the UK manufacturing industry
Dr George Panoutsos has been awarded (via the University of Sheffield) a ‘proof of utility’ grant as part of EPSRC’s delivery plan ‘kickstart’ funding for 2011/2012. The £62k (FEC) grant will be utilised to demonstrate to our industrial partners our expertise in logic-based systems and soft-computing via the development of a full scale prototype related to the modelling and monitoring of critical manufacturing processes.
TWI Ltd. UK (Cambridge, Friction Stir Welding facility) and TATA Steel UK (Scunthorpe, Rod-Mill) will be our main collaborators who will work closely with the group for the development of the prototype. The project entitled ‘Model-based performance evaluation for critical manufacturing processes’ will make use of model-based techniques developed in our group  to monitor and evaluate the performance of materials in the manufacturing of critical structural parts and components for the aerospace industry.
 G. Panoutsos and M. Mahfouf, “Neural-Fuzzy Modelling Framework Based on Granular Computing: Concepts and Applications”, Fuzzy Sets and Systems, 161(21), pp.2808-2830, 2010