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The School of Mechanical Engineering undertakes both 'blue-sky' and applied research and has developed many new technologies that have made an impact on society.

We are always interested in conducting collaborative research with businesses to cultivate new ideas and innovations, and help answer problems. In addition, there are government grant schemes available to encourage research collaboration between industry and universities.

The School of Mechanical Engineering conducts research in a diverse and wide range of areas including:

  • Aerospace, Acoustics and Automonous Systems
    Reverberation Chambers

    Acoustics Vibration and Control

    The Acoustics, Vibration and Control Group was established in 1987 with a grant from the Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith fund for fundamental studies leading to a system to actively control aircraft cabin noise. The aim of the group is to undertake fundamental and applied research in active noise and vibration control and to apply the results of research to the development of commercial controllers and to the installation of practical systems in industry.

    The group has diversified research interests including dynamics and control, ultrasound, vibration isolation, condition monitoring, thermoacoustics, psychoacoustics, vibro-acoustics, underwater acoustics, noise control, magnetic bearings, and many more.

    Visit the AVC group's website.

    iSOAR UAV aircraft


    The Aerospace Research Group focuses on fundamental and applied research in a wide range of aeronautics, fluid mechanics, aerodynamics and space related topics. Topics include the application of composite materials to aerospace structures, fixed-wing and rotary-wing platforms, numerical simulation, aeroacoustics, unmanned air vehicle design, flapping motion and morphing wing, hypersonic vehicles, pulse jet and rocket engines, satellite control and stability, aircraft control and stability, plasma aerodynamics and magneto hydrodynamics.

    Our mission is to address real world aerospace related issues and provide the outcome to the society. We aim to perform internationally recognised innovative research and research excellence to make a difference to the economic well-being of Australian community.

    Visit the Aerospace Engineering group's web site.

    Flow and Noise

    The Flow and Noise Group has a strong focus on computational and experimental aeroacoustics, and includes members from the multidisciplinary Aerospace, Acoustics and Autonomous Systems (AAA) and the Centre for Energy Technology (CET) groups at the University of Adelaide. We also have expertise in the area of hypersonic systems, flight dynamics and control.

    Visit the Flow and Noise group's web site.

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    Robotics and Automation

    The robotics group are involved with the construction, simulation and optimisation of robots. The group was formed in 2002 to further research into robotics at the University of Adelaide. Areas which are of particular interest to the group include micro-motion manipulators, robotic measurement systems, mobile robotics and the modelling of insects through robotics.

    Visit the robotic's group web site.

  • Centre for Energy Technology
    Olympic Torch

    The Centre for Energy Technology (CET) brings together research expertise from within the disciplines of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and is growing to incorporate researchers from Earth and Environmental Sciences, Physics and Chemistry. The aim of the CET is to accelerate the national and international transition from a high to low CO2 emission society through world-leading research and development activities relating to cost-effective clean energy technologies. To this end the group performs both fundamental research, and technology development in the areas of fluid mechanics, combustion, renewable energy, electrical energy and
    chemical processing.

    The CET is a founding member of the Environment Institute and Institute of Mineral and Energy Resources of the University of Adelaide.

    Visit the Centre for Energy Technology website

  • Energy Pipelines CRC

    The School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide is a research partner in the Energy Pipelines CRC. The Energy Pipelines CRC was established in January 2010 to undertake research and education of relevance to the energy pipeline industry in Australia.

    The EPCRC aims to provide the Australian energy pipeline industry with the technology necessary to:

    • extend the safe operating life of Australia's ageing natural gas transmission network, avoiding the need for replacement;
    • build the new pipeline networks needed to support increased demand for natural gas;
    • build the new pipeline networks that will enable the transmission of new energy cycle fluids such as hydrogen and carbon dioxide; and
    • prevent pipeline failures that could lead to consequential costs and harm to public health and safety and other infrastructure.

    In addition, the Energy Pipelines CRC has an education program with the aim of increasing knowledge in the industry through technology transfer, education and information dissemination.

    Visit the Energy Pipelines CRC website

  • Materials Research Group

    The Adelaide Materials Research Group (AMRG) aims to bring together metallurgists, materials engineers, mechanical engineers, and physicists in the common pursuit of improving, and evaluating current processing technologies and developing new fabrication routes for advanced materials.

    AMRG was establish as a University-based research group to accommodate and coordinate various, but related, research activities of the Metallurgy/Materials discipline, especially in the area of Materials Engineering and Processes, broadly defined within the School of Mechanical Engineering.

    Visit the Materials Research Group website

  • Sports Engineering

    Sports Engineering is an ambitious new program, and an Australian first, that combines mechanical engineering, physiology, bio-mechanical and sports engineering subjects to develop new technologies for sporting applications.

    Visit the Sports Engineering website

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