RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

The research activities at Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Material Engineering are carried out by research groups. The main research activities that are conducted are the following:  

 

Mechanical Design Research Group

Mainly conducting research in (a) mechanical equipment and componen design, (b) experimental stress analysis, (c) dynamic and vibration, (d) fracture mechanics, (e) railway and guided vehicle technology, and (f) biomechanics.

Each topics focused on specific topics such as piping and pipeline technology, vibration analysis of various components, railway structure, design of various train components, crashworthiness in railway vehicles, dental implant, and crash injury.

 

Related laboratories : Fluid machinery laboratory, Dynamic laboratory, Mechanics and construction machinery laboratory, Structural testing laboratory, Structural computation laboratory

 

Energy Conversion Research Group

Mainly conducting research in (a)thermo-fluid engineering, (b) power engineering, (c) refrigeration, (d) computatioal fluid dynamics, and (e) new and renewable energy.

Each topics focused on specific topics such as microgas turbine based on turbocharger, low cost solution to improve performance of dual fuel vehicles, less flammable hydrocarbon refrigerant as an alternative refrigerant for energy conservation in refrigeration systems, study of diesel engine spray characteristic by using CFD, and  biofuel production from biomass.

 

Related laboratories : Internal combustion engine and propulsion system laboratory, Cooling engineering laboratory, Thermal energy laboratory, Thermal engineering laboratory, Thermodynamics laboratory

 

Mechanical Production Engineering Research Group

Mainly conducting research in (a) production systems, (b) robotic and automation, (c) machine tool design, (d) manufacturing process, (e) Industrial metrology, and (f) creativity and innovation in manufacturing engineering.

Each topics focused on specific topics such as product and production facility modelling, autonomous production systems, teleoperation of robots, machine tools performance testing, piezoelectric microactuators, and product quality control.

 

Related laboratories : Industrial metrology laboratory, Machine tool metrology and development laboratory, Production equipment design and development laboratory, Robotic and control laboratory

 

Lightweight Structure Research Group

Mainly conducting research in (a) damage tolerance of aircraft structures, (b) numerical methods in structural analysis, (c)analysis and testing of structures, (d) Digital image corelation (DIC), (e) green composite materials, and (f) three-dimensional reconstruction for industrial components.

Each topics focused on specific topics such as crack growth life and residual strength prediction, aging aircraft, finite element analysis including non-linear analysis, buckling testing and analysis of structures, and experimental methods in structures using DIC.

 

Related laboratories : Structural testing laboratory, Structural computation laboratory

 

Flight Physics Research Group

Mainly conducting research in (a) fluid dynamics, (b) dynamics systems modelling, simulation, and control, and (c) astrodynamics.

Each topics focused on specific topics such as development of vortex element method, development of particle image velocimetry (PIV) systems and dynamics, influence of wing configuration on its aerodynamics performance, rocket dynamics and propulsion, development of aircraft engineering simulator, control applications on engineering systems, and reconstruction and analysis of space mission.

 

Related laboratories : Experimental aerodynamics laboratory, Computational aerodynamics laboratory, Particle image velocimetry laboratory, Aircraft simulation and control laboratory, Aircraft design laboratory, Astrodynamics laboratory

 

Aircraft Design, Operation and Maintenance Research Group

Mainly conducting research in (a) aeronautical product design, (b) unmanned aerial system development, (c) air transport engineering and operations, (d) air transport modelling and analysis, (e) development of engineering flight simulator, (f) airline reliability and maintenance engineering program, (g) aviation safety analysis, (h) airport system analysis, and (i) propulsion and turbomachinery.

Each topics focused on specific topics such as design of national glider, human-powered aerial vehicle, UAV development, airline fuel conservation, analysis of airline cost and revenue, fleet planning studies, airport departure and arrival traffic modelling and simulation, and design and analysis of small-turbine engines.

 

Related laboratories : Air transportation laboratory, Small UAV workshop and laboratory, Fixed-based engineering flight simulator, Aircraft system laboratory

 

Material Science and Engineering Research Group

Mainly conducting research in (a) metallurgy and production technology, (b) ceramics technology, and (c) polymer and composite technology.

Each topics focused on specific topics such as casting technology, welding technology, Non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques, heat treatment of metallic materials, failure analysis, powder metallurgy, corrosion, phase field simulation of metallic materials, fuel cell technology, concrete materials, high strength ceramics, sol-gel technology, bioplastic technology, cellulosic materials, rubber and natural resin technology, natural dyes, fiber technology, fiber reinforced composites technology, and solar cell technology.

 

Related laboratories : Metallurgy and materials laboratory

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