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Mechanical Engineering


Research Laboratories

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has established several laboratories where advanced
research related to mechanical, aerospace and bioengineering disciplines is carried out. These are:


Research Activities

The research activities of each faculty member in the Department are briefly introduced. These
include active research projects and external fuding. Most of the faculty members of the
Department also list their research activities on their personal homepages, which can be accessed
from the faculty member list.

Professor Y. Andreopoulos
Research Interests:

Professor F. Delale

Research Interests:

  • Composite Materials. Damage and failure characterization and analysis of fiber reinforced composite systems under various loading conditions including low velocity and ballistic impact.
  • Nanocomposites. Development and mechanical /electrical characterization of nanoclay and CNT reinforced composites. Properties prediction via micro/nano-mechanics modeling.
  • Fracture Mechanics. Analysis of crack propagation in various structural materials systems including metals, ceramics and composites.
  • Nonhomogeneous Materials. Analysis of functionally graded materials systems. Elasticity of nonhomogeneous materials.
  • Structural Health Monitoring. Damage detection in structural composite systems via self sensing, strain gage measurements, piezoelectricity and fiber optics.

Professor M. Kawaji
Research Interests:

  • Nuclear Reactor Thermal-hydraulics
  • Subcooled flow boiling in Pressurized Water Reactors
  • Use of self-rewetting fluids in energy systems such as pulsating heat pipes
  • Enhancement of Critical Heat Flux using self-rewetting fluids
  • Adiabatic gas-liquid two-phase flow in microchannels
  • Phase change nano-emulsions for thermal energy storage
  • Vibration effects on fluid-particle systems under microgravity
  • Marangoni convection in liquid bridges under microgravity
  • Thermal diffusion in binary and tertiary mixtures


Professor A. Sadegh
Research Interest:

A: Mechanical engineering:

  • Material modeling and computational mechanics;
  • Composite Materials;
  • Mechanics of Woven/Braded Fabrics;
  • Mechanics and Testing of Drop-Stitch and Air Inflated Structures;
  • Automotive Safety;
  • Mechanical Systems Analyses; and,
  • Design and Manufacturing of Novel Devices.

B: Biomechanics:

  • Brain Biomechanics, Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injuries in Sports and Accidents, Histology and Morphology and Structural Architecture of Subarachnoid Space;
  • Skeletal Biomechanics, Cervical Spine Injuries in Sports and Accidents, Discectomy and Fusion;
  • Prosthesis, Medical and Rehabilitation Devices;
  • Bone Remodeling, Bone and Implants Interactions, Osseointegration, Fracture Damage and Healing of Bone;
  • Implant Design and Biodynamic;
  • Computational Biomechanics; and,
  • Body-Machine Interaction, Ergonomics and Human Factors.