Mechanical Engineering Research

The School of Engineering undertakes research in a wide variety of areas, grouped by engineering discipline: Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical. Click on a field of interest to find out more about that area of research.

Thermofluids

Explore heat transfer, mass transfer, and fluid dynamics involved in fluid transport systems from large scale to micro scale. Study droplet dynamics, bubble dynamics, spray & atomization, and fluid instabilities in varied multiphase flows. Develop innovative cooling techniques for the high-heat-flux thermal management of varied electronic devices and energy systems. Investigation of turbulent flows in aerospace turbomachinery and natural gas processing equipment.

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Computational Mechanics

Development and use of sophisticated numerical algorithms, software, and high-performance computer hardware to tackle challenging engineering problems. Activities include finite element analysis (FEA) of metallurgical castings, solidification, and welding; computational fluid dynamics (CFD) of fluid mixing, multiphase flows, and turbulence; coupled solution of fluid-structure interactions in pipelines; and simulation of environmental and biological fluid flows.

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Dynamics and Vibrations

Research typically focuses on the design and optimization of advanced electromechanical systems such as fuel injectors, high-speed machine tools, or earth quake dampers for buildings. These applications use advanced actuation technologies including custom design magnetic circuits and smart materials to control the behaviour of mechanical structures. Using state of the art hardware in the loop simulators and sensor technologies, we are able to validate the dynamic behavior of systems ranging from the micro to the macro scale.

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Mechatronics and Control

This theme involves research activities in broad applications of sensors, actuators, robotic systems and unmanned vehicles. Besides fundamental research on theories, a majority of the mechatronics and control activities are carried out in partnership with industrial partners who desire to increase the level of autonomy, precision and safety in their processes and plants.

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Materials

Research activities focus on the fabrication of light materials (Al and Mg alloys, fiber-reinforced polymers) for the transportation and energy sectors. A core strength is in combining multi-scale modelling with laboratory experiments, advanced characterization techniques and manufacturing laboratories to improve the forming processes for composites, as well as enhancing performance of high-temperature ceramics and the next generation of ultralight metal alloys. Unique facilities include 3d microtomography, spark plasma sintering, metalcasting and composite performance and manufacturing laboratories.

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Biomechanics

Design and development of the new generation of prosthetic heart valves made of novel hybrid biomaterials (hydrogels-based biomaterials) towards the advancement of minimally invasive therapies. Developing treatments that address large and growing patient populations in which there are significant unmet clinical needs, specifically for high-risk and minimal option patients to minimize invasive therapies and essentially provide “less” surgical tissue repair. Biofabrication systems are being developed encompassing research areas in bioprinting, microfabrication, hydrogel biomaterials, and tissue engineering to generate artificial tissues.

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Design and Optimization

Theme is comprised of core research activities and industry-driven projects in multi-disciplinary and multi-objective optimization of engineering products and processes. Simulation-based design, engineering multi-attribute decision making, machine learning, artificial intelligence, design of experiments, and robust product design are among main research areas under this theme.

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MEMS / NEMS

Research focuses on exploring new fabrication processes, new device concepts, and new integrated microsystems, new nanomaterials. Faculty groups work with not only traditional microfabrication technology, but also explore novel materials based on polymers, carbon nanotubes, graphene and new processes using 3D printing and laser machining. Applications include lab-on-a-chip devices and organ-on-a-chip for screening drug and studying human disease model and biochemical sensors for environmental sensing and medical diagnostics.

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Manufacturing

Manufacturing includes research activities focus on the fabrication of diverse materials, as well as development of their optimal processing technologies. Experimental research on metalcasting, sintering, composite fabrication, additive manufacturing and polymer-processing for wide industrial applications such as automotive, energy, biomedical, composite, aerospace and electronics industries is being carried out. This research is also complemented with robust computer modelling and simulation, as well as process and materials characterization capabilities.

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Biomedical Engineering

Design and development of the new generation of prosthetic heart valves made of novel hybrid biomaterials (hydrogels-based biomaterials) towards the advancement of minimally invasive therapies. Developing treatments that address large and growing patient populations in which there are significant unmet clinical needs, specifically for high-risk and minimal option patients to minimize invasive therapies and essentially provide “less” surgical tissue repair. Biofabrication systems are being developed encompassing research areas in bioprinting, microfabrication, hydrogel biomaterials, and tissue engineering to generate artificial tissues.

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