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ME Scholar wins Outstanding Paper Award at International Conference

Dr. MW Fu, Associate Professor and Dr. WL Chan, Research Associate of the Department of Mechanical Engineering have received The Outstanding Paper Award at the 7th International Conference on Micro-Manufacturing.

The 7th International Conference on MicroManufacturing (ICOMM 2012) was held in the Evanston Campus of Northwestern University in USA, March 12-14, 2012. The Conference focuses on the processes, equipment, and systems for fabricating miniature parts with micro-scale features. Papers are sought to address theoretical and applied research issues related to manufacture, assembly, and metrology for components and systems with micro-scale features. Papers are also sought that describe interesting applications of both current and emerging micromanufacturing methods and equipment, including those that bridge the nano- and macro- worlds.

The conference selected three outstanding papers from the papers published in the proceedings. This Year, the three outstanding papers are from Germany and USA, and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The paper winning the “Outstanding paper Award" is entitled “Microheading process, Deformation and Realization" led by Dr. MW Fu, Associate Professor and Dr. WL Chan, Research Associate of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In this paper, the size effect on material deformation behavior is investigated based on the two heading cases, viz., central heading and end heading of the rods of the cold-drawn and annealed pure copper. It is found that the grain flow of the cold-drawn material is different from that of the annealed material and the coarse-grained material undergoes nonuniform deformation when the part size is in microscale. The reported experimental results and the articulated findings provide a basis for understanding of material size effect in microheading process.

The award winning project is supported by the Innovation and Technology Commission of Hong Kong government under the project of ITS313/09.