Engineering and Design

Mega-theme 1: Engineering and Design

Name of Research and Innovation Area Research Group or Entity Name of Targeted Intervention Project Group Leader
Physics, Photovoltaics Photovoltaics Research Group, Department of Physics. Assistance with design and 3D printing of components for medical and equipment. Design and print Prof Ernest van Dyk
Photovoltaics Photovoltaics Research Group, Department of Physics. Remote, backup and autonomous electrical supply. Designs and configurations Prof Ernest van Dyk
Advanced Engineering Modeling & Simulation School of Engineering/ eNtsa, (an Engagement Institute within the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology) Design assistance to group at Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Liaison with WSU, reverse engineering of a flow timer for Nuffield ventilator. New design of plunger system to replace the flow regulator/manometer system on the Nuffield ventilator. Ian Wedderburn
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) School of Engineering/ eNtsa 3D Printing of face shield visor attachment structure Printing, distribution, co- ordination between external and additional University printers for printing face visors, liaison with medical staff, identifying Emergency response units staff as point of entry to assist them with PPE Riaan Opperman
PPE eNtsa Filtration Research, leading to identification of suitable and accredited filter materials for face masks Research into requirements for filter material, assimilate database of potential suppliers and quantities, determine testing and accreditation requirements Andrew Young
Testing and Services eNtsa Test filtration efficiency of paper/Material Determine test procedure, evaluate suitability of testing mechanical and filtration properties Andrew Young
PPE eNtsa Hazmat/Space suits for pattern making Investigate the possibility of sourcing suits to be used for pattern making and passing onto the Acting Executive Dean of Humanities Donnie Erasmus
Sanitizer Chemistry Anti-viral barrier cream Anti-viral barrier cream Ernst Ferg