About the IRC
The NSERC/DaimlerChrysler/University of Windsor Industrial Research Chair in Applied Solid State Physics and Material Characterization operates within
the Faculty of Science and the Department of Physics and is jointly funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC),
DaimlerChrysler Canada, and the University of Windsor.
The IRC focuses on the research and development of high-frequency acoustic and acousto-optic imaging systems and conducts research in advanced principles
and methods for the imaging and qualitative characterization of surface, sub-surface and bulk materials structure. Emphasis is given to applications in
the automotive industry, however, these tools have a wide range of non-automotive applications, for example: Process Industries, Microelectronics, Aerospace
and Aeronautical Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Biomedical Applications.
The specific objectives of the Chair are to study and develop:
- The visualization and characterization of microstructures in bulk materials
- The quantitative determination of physical-mechanical properties at the micro scale
- Automatic bulk examination of porosity, voids, constituents and cracks in casting structures and various other materials
- Examination of various joint systems including laser welds and rivets, and optimization of quality control algorithms