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Engineering Mechanics (EM) Department

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The Engineering Mechanics (EM) Department’s mission is to advance science and technology related to mechanics, the mechanical properties of materials and mechanical engineering by using and developing novel computational methods and techniques.

The Department’s capabilities enable researchers to deal with the behavior of mechanical systems ranging from nano scale, through micro scale, and all the way to macro scale.

Utilizing the resources of high performance computing (HPC), researchers of the EM Department are able to power 6 major research directions spread across 3 capability groups:

Engineering Systems (ES)

Nano Systems (NS)

Soft Matter (SM)

Figure 1: High performance Computing (HPC) powering six major research directions.

Figure 2: The three capability groups in EM.

Engineering Systems

The Engineering Systems Capability Group focuses on the following research areas:
  • Development of numerical methodologies for fatigue prediction based on fracture mechanics principles
  • Dynamic behavior of complex systems
  • Optimization of designs to reduce vibrations and noise

Figure 3: Research in Engineering Systems group.

Nano Systems

The Nano Systems Capability Group focuses on the following research areas:
  • Study of instability, interface failure and delamination in nanomaterials
  • Development of high-performance parallel computing platform for the simulation of growth and morphology in thin film/substrate structures
  • Development of three-dimensional hybrid mechanics/ molecular dynamics/ finite element multi-scale framework using parallel and grid computing techniques
  • Development of computational procedures based on spatial and temporal decompositions
  • Study the mechanical properties of nanomaterials and nanostructures and the fabrication process of Nano-Electrical Mechanics Systems (NEMS) / Micro-Electrical Menchanic Systems (MEMS)

Figure 4: Research in Nano Systems group.

Soft Matter

The Soft Matter Capability Group focuses on the following research areas:
  • Development of soft materials for energy harvesting
  • Mechanical properties of bio-inspired and biological materials.
  • Study flexible electronic devices from materials to manufacture
  • Development of bio-medical devices (stent, drug delivery devices)
  • Development of theory and numerical models for nanoimprinting techniques

Figure 5: Research in Soft Matter group.

Dr. Zhang Yong Wei
Department Director

This page is last updated at: 11-Mar-2012