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Deakin University researchers have completed their task of creating a Smart Bike for the 21st Century and will unveil their finished product on September 28th as part of the festivities surrounding the UCI World Road Championships in Geelong.
“When we set ourselves that deadline, I must admit I crossed fingers on both hands,” said the Smart Bike’s project manager, Dr Paul Collins.
“We had to draw on the expertise of a diverse range of researchers at Deakin in areas like robotics, advanced materials and so on, but I am pleased to say they have all come through with flying colours.
“So we now have a bit of time to just fine-tune all the innovations that will really put this bike right out there.
“I have no doubt that the huge numbers of people who are coming to Geelong for the world championships, especially the international cycling media, will be fascinated by what we’ve done.
“They will also be impressed by all the cutting edge research we have going on at Deakin University particularly within ITRI, the Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, where all the work on the bike has been done.”
Dr Collins said the project also highlights Deakin’s ability to work with industry partners.
“This collaboration also includes Baum Cycles, Carbon Revolution, Hard Technologies, CAST-CRC and the Geelong Manufacturing Council.”
Dr Collins said the project drew on ITRI’s expertise in: ·
* Out of autoclave composites: Used in carbon tubing and carbon bonding joints.
* The use of magnesium: Faster extruding makes it five to six times cheaper to manufacture components on the bike.
* Surface coating of titanium components: Produced superior wear surfaces and less friction on moving components.
* Sensors in carbon laminate: These help the rider to make smart decisions on how to improve performance by measuring strain in relation to power.
The Smart Bike will be unveiled at The Edge restaurant on Geelong’s Waterfront at 11am on Tuesday, September 28th.