The School of Mechanical Engineering undertakes both 'blue-sky' and applied research and has developed many new technologies that have made an impact. Some examples of our innovative work can be seen here.
Our school is always interested in conducting collaborative research with companies to help answer your problems. In addition, there are government grant schemes available to encourage research collaboration between industries and universities.
The School of Mechanical Engineering conducts research in a diverse and wide range of areas such as:
- Aerospace, Acoustics, and Autonomous Systems, incorporating:
- Centre for Energy Technology
- Energy Pipelines CRC
- Sports Engineering
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.
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.
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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
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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.