The field of mechanical engineering is constantly developing, enabling industry to launch ever more sophisticated products from modern passenger vehicles to humanoid robots. This progress has been made possible by the integration of various disciplines, especially electrical and electronic engineering. Modern mechanical engineers, therefore, are likely to be involved in complex systems projects requiring familiarity with these three major areas. Traditional mono-discipline degree courses, then, are not always suitable for students who are going to work at the cutting edge of modern technology.
The Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering aims at the production of engineers who can combine a thorough knowledge of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering with extensive experience in all these three studies. In their first two years, undergraduate students are required to focus on the core subjects in the three fields with lecture courses such as thermodynamics, system dynamics and electric circuits. Over the ensuing two years, the students learn how to integrate the various disciplines through design exercises and their final year projects, which are supervised by members of academic staff from the following six laboratories.
Issues concerned with heat and fluid are studied by means of experiments and simulations. Subjects of interest and expertise embrace heat loss in internal combustion engines, fans, the aerodynamics of bluff bodies and blood flow in cardiovascular systems.
Advanced Control Systems
Highly sophisticated control methods are pursued. Not only theoretical but also practical studies are conducted. Applications include control of power shovels, vehicle and robot control, parallel-link mechanisms and use of the oil-hammer phenomenon.
Strength Design Systems
Accurate stress measurement in materials and analysis of structural strength are major concerns. In particular, using X-rays, the laboratory is engaged in the development of advanced stress measurement techniques and fatigue failure assessment.
Robotic Life Support
Control methods for robots supporting human activities in various environments are being developed and implemented. Both theoretical and practical research is performed, aiming to improve motion capabilities of humanoid robots and orbital space robots, as well as robots for domestic use.
Measurement and Electric Machine Control
The methodology in electric and optical measurement is studied with applications to electrical charge issues.
Development of visualization technique for electromagnetic field distribution using two dimensional lock-in amplifier is also tackled.
Space Systems Engineering
Research interests lie in applications linked to human activities in space such as the design and control of various deployable space structures, water/liquid nitrogen rocket engines and evaluation of spacecraft charging.