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R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Engenharia Mecânica

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Engenharia Mecânica - CIDEM [MECH-Norte-Porto-615] visitada em 01/04/2008

Classificação: Very Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
Despite the handicap of not being able to independently award integrated 5-year degrees or PhD degrees, this unit is apparently able to attract and nurture high-quality individuals who obtain their degrees in traditional academic units while performing research at the unit or in affiliated outside laboratories. The unit exhibits remarkable productivity and creativity in a few select areas. Naturally, the unit benefits from close affiliations with traditional academic departments such as the University of Porto and Minho.
The plan of adding a degree in automotive engineering with support from Toyota will open new opportunities for education and research in the future. This partnership that may be extended to other industrial groups will ensure that graduates of the program have appropriate training to meet the needs of both OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and suppliers to the OEMs. This will be of significant benefit to manufacturers in Portugal, and could easily provide an enticement for future industrial development in Portugal.
The research on algorithm development for job shop scheduling and the work on composite materials are worth highlighting, considering the number of citations that some papers resulting from this research have obtained. The scheduling work reports remarkable effectiveness in comparison to other published algorithms on standard cases. Advanced scheduling methods, once adopted by industry, will offer significant productivity gains in Portugal and beyond.
The research in composites focuses on thermoplastic materials. Some of this work is performed in cooperation with ESA (European Space Agency). The research on the development of a composite hyperbaric chamber might lead to new insights in marine biology. The composite propane tank is an example of a contribution with potentially measurable impact in Portugal. The efforts cited are likely to lead to more publications in the future and resulting in products and processes of value.
Other projects presented to committee have not yet achieved the same traction in the literature as the ones highlighted. The development of post-graduate courses for people returning from industry in quality management, security management, and environment management is a commendable effort in support of lifetime learning.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
CIDEM [RG-MECH-Norte-Porto-615-1899]