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Deakin University has re-confirmed its growing partnerships with the Chinese automotive industry at a two-day symposium at Hefei University of Technology.
Hefei, the capital of Anhui Province, is known as both a green city, and as a leader in science and technology, particularly in motor vehicles.
A number of Chinese automotive companies are also based in Hefei.
“We had a delegation come to us from Hefei University last year,” said Dr Bernard Rolfe, a member of the Deakin team that went to China.
“This two day symposium was another opportunity for us to link up with the Chinese automotive industry and show them the cutting edge things we are doing.”
A highlight of the Deakin presentations was a seven minute DVD telling the story of Deakin’s victory in the Ford Global Challenge to design a Model T for the 21st Century.
“Part of that challenge was to design an environmentally friendly vehicle for emerging markets, which Ford saw as India and China,” Dr Rolfe said.
“So it was excellent to be able to present our design ideas to a key element of one of those markets.
“Re-editing the original DVD we made for Ford, and re-dubbing it in Mandarin, really helped to get the message across about where Deakin is in terms of design and use of novel ideas like high-strength lightweight materials.
“And of course, our vehicle will be powered by compressed air.”
Dr Richard Yang, a Lecturer at Deakin’s School of Engineering, did the voice over.
“As well as being a valuable academic, I think we’ve discovered yet another talent that Richard has,” said Dr Rolfe.
Deakin University remains hopeful of having a full-sized working model of the T2 ready to take to the Shanghai World Expo next year.
“We’re still trying to attract the funds to do that,” Dr Rolfe said.
Other members of the Deakin team in China were the university’s new Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor Peter Hodgson, Professor Lingxue Kong and Dr Russell Walker.