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i3 lab

Our focus. Industry linked research. We address industry-relevant problems where significant value can be gained by the invention of new solutions related to the complex interactions that occur between the humans, computers and data. We focus on the objective measurement of human performance of interfaces and the interactions that occur. We have particular expertise in read more

Resorbable soft tissue anchor


Tissue engineering is a rapidly advancing area in the regenerative medicine field. This invention focuses on the development of resorbable soft tissue anchors designed for the reliable attachment of implants (e.g. tissue engineering scaffolds) to soft tissue. Major advantages over existing solutions include minimal tissue damage, simple insertion and controlled anchor resorption. Conventional soft tissue read more

Infant Nasal Aspirator


Nasal congestion is a common problem for infants and young children due to colds, allergy, infection and teething. Physicians usually suggest that nasal secretions be removed to avoid infection that may affect sinus and if left untreated may spread further infection to the ears and lungs. There are three types of nasal aspirator available in read more

Advanced Wing Tip Device

A prototype of an advanced wing tip device has been developed at the Mechanical Engineering Department of The University of Newcastle. The device is designed to suppress wake vortices, generated from aircraft’s wing tips, thus improving airline safety and fuel efficiency. Wake vortices can cause any trailing aircraft to lose lift force and have been read more

Novel PWM Inverter Shaping

A Feedback Quantizer Based Pulse Width Modulation (FBQ - PWM) methodology applied to voltage source converters has been developed. The invention proposes a different and much simpler method to control switches of a converter (applicable for inverter or rectifiers, two level or multi-level, single phase or multi-phase) for the purpose of achieving Pulse Width Modulation read more

Manufactured lightweight metal foam

Metal foams (or cellular metals) are metals with voids in the microstructures, thus lowering density and weight. Metal foams are both strong and lightweight, have thermal-insulating and acoustic-dampening properties and can absorb high amounts of energy from an impact – all of which makes them prospectively well-suited to purposes such as car and aircraft manufacturing. read more