Mechanical Engineering research at UQ tackles global challenges in energy, water, health, infrastructure, transport and mining resources. Research spans themes such as hypersonic aerothermodynamics, geothermal and solar-thermal energy, machine automation, manufacturing, combustion, nanomechanics, non-destructive testing and rail engineering.
The calibre of our Mechanical Engineers is recognised through two Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science and two Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technology, Science and Engineering. International rankings highlight UQ’s excellence with four major ranking systems recognising Mechanical Engineering related fields in the global top 100.
UQ is proud of our close interaction with, and strong support from, industry: for example, Professor Ross McAree holds the P&H Chair of Mechanical Engineering, supported by Joy Global Surface Mining, a world leading manufacturer of surface mining equipment. Solutions developed through UQ research are being implemented in equipment and marketed worldwide. Geothermal power is the focus of a dedicated, multi-million dollar Centre of Excellence, which commenced in 2009 with government backing and key industry links. Associate Professor Matt Dargusch Is the Chief Technology Officer for the Defence Materials Technology Centre. The Centre's role is to bring together defence industry, universities and government research agencies to develop new materials and manufacturing technologies that will enhance Australia's defence capability.
The impact of UQ’s Mechanical Engineering research is demonstrated by results such as the first published demonstration that a hypersonic vehicle powered by a scramjet engine tested in a wind tunnel could produce more thrust than drag. UQ also led the team that conducted the first demonstration of supersonic combustion in flight during tests at the Woomera Rocket Range. In 2014, one of UQ's first four Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), entitled "Hypersonics - From Shock Waves to Scramjets", was launched on the edX platform.
Our research efforts are concentrated in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, with additional research undertaken in the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology and the Sustainable Minerals Institute.
UQ has particular strength in:
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING IN BRIEF
- More than 30 full-time equivalent researchers, with collaborators in fields including Mining, Mineral Resources and Processing, Chemical Sciences, and Materials Engineering
- More than 80 PhD and MPhil students in 2014
- More than 500 publications since 2008
- More than $31.5 million in research funding since 2008
- Mechanical Engineering research rated at above world standard in the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia exercise.
Highlights of UQ MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Geothermal Energy and Combustion
Queensland has significant geothermal resources and vast areas where solar direct normal incidence (DNI) is amongst the highest in the world. Moreover, the State has many distributed small diesel generators servicing its remote communities. We are working with our partners to develop commercially competitive renewable power alternatives for these remote communities.
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