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086_WEST_LOGO_REVThe West region is a hub for members across all sectors of engineering and who are based in Galway, Mayo or Roscommon. It represents many sectors of the industry, including third level education, local authorities, central government, contractors, companies, researchers and many more. The region provides CPD and social networking events for engineers of all grades and disciplines.

The Gaeltacht region of Galway and Mayo is also included in the West region and welcomes participation "as Gaeilge" with an annual  Leacht as Gaeilge.

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Customising biomaterial solutions for the medical device industry

  Author: Colm O'Dowd, co-founder and CEO, Vornia Ltd Biomaterials are materials commonly used in medical devices, and intended to interface and interact with biological systems with the aim of treating and/or regenerating damaged tissue, organs or functions of the body. Vornia Ltd is a medical technology company specialising in the development of biomaterials-based clinical solutions. It designs, develops and fabricates customised biomaterial solutions for medical device manufacturers and ...

Vibrating mesh technology enables controlled aerolised drug delivery

  Six Sigma methodology has enabled one Irish medical device company to significantly improve the speed and quality of production of its acute care hospital nebulisers. Aerogen, through a detailed analysis of its manufacturing process, has introduced statistical process control (SPC) for its flagship product, the Aeroneb Solo. This has led to faster production times, lower costs and reduced inventory while maintaining the safety, performance and reliability of Aerogen products. Aerogen ...

Internal fibre reinforced polymer reinforcements for timber products

Recently completed research projects in timber engineering at the National University of Ireland, Galway have shown that the structural performance of glued, laminated, C16 grade, Irish-grown Sitka spruce can be significantly enhanced by including modest percentages of bonded-in composite rod materials strategically positioned in the section. The lead investigator and primary supervisor of the research initiatives was Dr Gary Raftery BE, PhD, MIEI, who was an instrumental figure in the ...

A design tool for high temperature power-generation materials

  Authors: R A Barrett 1,2; N.P. O'Dowd 3; S B Leen 1,2 1 Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Informatics, NUI Galway 2 Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research, NUI Galway 3 Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical & Biomedical Engineering, Materials & Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick From the Parsons steam turbine of 1884 to the Whittle gas turbine of 1930 and more recent state-of-the-art combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT), the ...

Irish swimming embraces master stroke of biomedical engineering

  Author: Robert Mooney, PhD student, Bioelectronics Research Cluster, National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science, National University of Ireland Galway Technical evaluation of human performance is an essential part in the preparation of elite athletes. Novel methods of analysis, incorporating body-worn inertial sensors, have received much attention recently within both research and commercial communities – and rapid expansion of this marketplace has led to many new prototype ...

Marine biodiscovery in Irish waters

  Author: Dr Margaret Rae, post-doctoral research fellow, NUI Galway We are mid-way through the Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery Research Programme, which is aimed at discovery of biologically active compounds (bioactives) and materials for applied applications such as novel drugs and/or materials for use in medical devices. The programme is all about building a national research capacity for the discovery of bioactives and their potential use in the pharma/medical devices area. A sister ...

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