Richard T. Burton

     Richard T. Burton  B.E., M.Sc., Ph.D.

    Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering


    Richard Burton is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and is registered in the Province of Saskatchewan as a Professional Engineer. He received his BE from the University of Saskatchewan in Engineering Physics. He completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the same institution in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in Fluid Power and Hydraulic Systems. He is an active member of ASME where he has served as Chair of the Fluid Power Systems and Technology Division. He continues to be a member of the executive of this Division and is now a Board Member of Fluid Power Net

    International (FPNI). Recently, he was elected to the grade of Fellow of ASME.

    Teaching Interests.

    Professor Burton is involved in the teaching of GE 449 (Engineering in Society), ME 490 (Design of Fluid Power Circuits), ME 229 (Introduction to Engineering Design), ME 860 (Fluid Power Systems)
    and ME 898 (Advanced Fluid Power Systems).

    Research Interests

    Professor Burton and his students and Colleagues have been in involved in Fluid Power research for many years. Over 70 graduate students have completed their studies in this area under professor
    Burton's supervision. His research has been funded by NSERC and several Industrial partners. His studies involve such areas as:
    •     Design of Fluid Power components
    •     Condition monitoring including Variable Structure Filtering
    •     High accuracy electrohydraulic actuation systems
    •     Neural networks for hydraulic simulation
    •     Detection of leaks in water transmission systems

    Selected Publications

    • S. Habibi, R. Burton, 2007. Parameter Identification for a High Performance Hydrostatic Actuation System Using the Variable Structure Filter Concept. Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, ASME, Vol. 129, No 2, pp 229-235
    • E. Sampson, S. Habibi, R. Burton, and Y. Chinniah, 2004. Effects of Controller in Reducing Steady State Error due to Flow and Force Disturbances in the Electrohydraulic Actuator System, International Journal of Fluid Power, FPNI, Volume 5, No 2., Aug, pp. 57-66.