Mechanical Engineering Department Research Groups
The Thermal Fluid Science Group is one of three divisions within WSU's Department of Mechanical Engineering with qualified faculty members who have broad expertise in the areas of heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, combustion, fuels, and propulsion and micro-scale energy systems. They have the computational power and modern laboratory equipment that allow to perform leading edge research in the thermal fluid science. Many of research efforts are multi-disciplinary and the faculty generally have expertise in more than one area. They perform fundamental research and also work with industry to solve problems arising in to-day's rapidly advancing technologies.
2- Mechanical Systems and Robotics/Control
The mechanical systems and design members are involved in a range of different topics that integrate basic studies leading to a fundamental understanding of mechanical systems and design process to respond to the industries. This group conducts researches in topics related to the design, analysis and manufacture of mechanical systems. The research areas are robotics and control, biodynamics, and Computer-Aided Design. Research in the area of robotics and automation is conducted with a focus on kinematics, dynamics, and high-level control.
3- Materials Science and Engineering
Most of engineering limits are determined by materials. Materials research group focuses on mechanical behavior of materials, structures, failures, nanomaterials, and new composites manufacturing. Our Specific studies include materials life prediction, failure analysis and fatigue of advanced composites, fatigue damage, multisite damage, crack formation and aging in aircrafts, and machine parts. Nano manufacturing also focuses on developing low cost and massively parallel manufacturing techniques to produce new materials with superior strength, electrical conductivity, conduction or resistance to heat, and other properties.