The medals won were 3 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals. The iENA 2009, which was held between 5 and 8 Nov 2009, is the largest innovation and invention exposition in Germany. UiTM submitted nine entries of which all won medals.
The three gold medals were all won by researchers of the Faculty of Civil Engineering. Lecturers Zakiah Ahmad, Martin Ansell and Dave Smedley contested their gold winning product, Nano-Particle Filled Epoxy Based Adhesive for In-situ Timber Bonding. The product is environmental friendly as it uses additional nano-fillers to strengthen the properties of epoxy resins. The addition of nano-rubber has shown good performance both in mechanical and thermal properties and bonding strength. This adhesive can be used to improve bonded-in pultruded rod connection and strengthening techniques. It produces more effective connection systems compared to the traditional bolting methods, especially for the development of timber modular system (Industrialized Building Systems). This adhesive has several advantages over other adhesives as it can be used at room temperature curing, in the range of -30 to 60°C, applied without pressure, as a gap filler, and contains thixotropic properties for easy application.
The second gold, which was won by Shanker Kumar Sinnakaudan, Mohd Sofian Sulaiman and Teoh Sian Hoon, was a product named High Gradient River Sedimentation Predictor Tool (HGRSED). HGRSED is able to predict sedimentation in High Gradient Rivers and is the first of its kind with field verification HGRSED V1.0.
While the third, won by Mohd Jamaludin Md Noor and Muhammad Akram Adnan, was a Speed Reducer, developed using a geometric standard that incorporated human factor. This speed reducer works by transferring an upward force to a vehicle, as it traverses. The force translates it into vertical displacement and acceleration, thus inducing a front to back pitching motion to the vehicle occupants.
The 4 silvers were won by Mohd Noorazam Abd Razak of the Education Faculty, Ismacahyadi Bagus Mohamed Jais of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Noor Hasimah Baba and Zuhani Ismail Khan; and student Mohd Hafiz Mamat, who are of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
While Nina Korlina bt Madzhi and Mohd Firdaus Abdullah; and Ros Shilawani Abdul Kadir and Zunairah Hj Murat of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering took the 2 bronze.
Reported by Megawati Omar
Research Management Institute