List highlights movers and shakers in innovation
Aurecon associate mechanical engineer Matthew Dahms has been profiled by magazine in its 2019 listing for Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers.
“Engineering innovation plays a critical role in facilitating a bright future for our communities, our nation and the world,” Engineers Australia chief executive officer Peter Mclntyre said.
“The Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers list showcases the creativity and ingenuity of Australian engineers and celebrates their remarkable achievements. The judging panel was overwhelmed by the high calibre of entrants, and we congratulate the winners on their selection.”
The feature outlines how Mr Dahms’s tackled the design for the WICET shiploader boom conveyor system, adopting an unconventional conveyor belt specification.\His design replaced the fixed material transfer chute at the machine’s boom pivot point with a simple articulated bridging frame.
This design resulted in fewer moving parts and wear items, a reduction in the shiploader and jetty conveyor lift height and a reduction in the height of the supporting topside marine structures.
“The WICET design requires one less conveyor pulley than the legacy design, and does away with the fixed transfer chute and wear tiles that require regular maintenance, as well as the belt cleaning scrapers that contribute to belt cover wear,” reports.
“Since conveyor transfer chutes can be in locations where material spillage occurs, taking the fixed transfer chute from out of the WICET design removes a potential material spill location, and reduces clean-up labour and the environmental footprint.”
The full list of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers 2019 can be viewed here:https://www.createdigital.org.au/innovativeengineers/