The Taiwan Innotech Expo 2023 has concluded with remarkable achievements from the faculty and students of Lunghwa University of Science and Technology. They showcased 12 patented inventions spanning diverse fields such as information, power, machinery, and creative living, securing one gold, one silver, and four bronze awards. This outstanding performance highlights their exceptional innovative research and development capabilities.
Led by Dr. Guan-shun Chiu, an associate professor from the Department of Business Administration at Lunghwa, the team developed the “Hybrid Drive Structure for Unmanned Helicopters” in response to the tragic helicopter crash and the passing of Po-lin Chi. As an outstanding alumnus of Lunghwa and the director of the Golden Horse award-winning documentary “Beyond Beauty - TAIWAN FROM ABOVE,” his legacy inspired this innovative structure, providing safer power equipment for single-engine helicopters. The team's work received the prestigious gold medal at this year’s Taiwan Innotech Expo, showcasing exceptional performance.
Dr. Chiu explained that single-engine helicopters pose greater safety risks than multi-engine aircraft. In the event of an engine shutdown, pilots may have only seconds to react and stabilize the aircraft, making a safe landing uncertain.
To address this challenge, the team developed a turbine jet engine combined with an electric power system that can be installed on single-engine helicopters. In the event of an engine failure, the electric power drive backup system immediately provides power to maintain the required rotation speed of the helicopter’s main rotor. The device, when installed and activated, is in a fully powered standby state and can switch to the electric motor system in just one second. This ensures ample power supply to the main rotor, enabling continuous flight until a safe landing is executed.
The team plans to propose a mass production plan to helicopter manufacturers, aiming for widespread use in the industry and airworthiness certification to enhance flight personnel safety. Their innovative solution earned them the gold medal, while two other works from the team also received silver and bronze medals.
Teams led by Dr. Yao-hong Ruan and Dr. Ting-ting Zhang from the Department of Business Administration, Dr. Jing-hui Su and Mr. Qi-xiong Lee from the Department of Electronic Engineering, and Dr. Ghi-fu Yang from the Department of Electrical Engineering, along with their students, were also recognized and awarded bronze medals by the judges.
President Tzu-Hsiang Ko commended the outstanding performance of the faculty and students, highlighting the university's commitment to actively promoting the integration of industry and academia. Lunghwa emphasizes practical education that combines learning and application, focusing on allowing students to learn through hands-on experiences. The university has established innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship courses to comprehensively develop students’ abilities in creative thinking, innovative practices, and business development. Lunghwa also provides interdisciplinary guidance and learning to enhance students’ knowledge and skills in various innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship fields. Participation in this competition has garnered numerous awards, showcasing the research and development achievements of the faculty and students. The university looks forward to continued collaboration with the industry, promoting the commercialization of patents, and creating product value to nurture students in innovation and entrepreneurship.
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