We're leading the way in areas of Mechanical Engineering, such as composite materials, Industry 4.0, and acoustics, and Mechatronics Engineering, including medical devices and technologies, neural engineering, and smart sensors and actuators.

Research areas

Mechanical Engineering

Aerodynamics and wind engineering

Research to improve our understanding, efficiency, performance and safety of all interactions with the air around us. Learn more.

Acoustics Research

The Acoustics Research Centre undertakes theoretical, computational and experimental research on a broad range of subjects within the field of acoustics. Learn more.

Design and Development

The Design and Development Research Group undertakes research with an ultimate aim to provide pragmatic support for engineering design and development. Learn more.

Dynamics and control

Dynamics and control are heavily involved in system modelling and simulation, sensing , computation and actuation. Learn more.

Smart Manufacturing and Industrial Automation

Conducting need-driven research on smart manufacturing and industrial automation to embrace Industry 4.0 for future manufacturing. Learn more.

Mechanics of materials and composites

Composite material systems combine two or more materials with very different properties into a new designed material. Learn more.

Thermofluids research

Fundamental and applied studies into thermal and fluid dynamic systems, from conventional scales down to micro scales, at our brand-new Thermofluids laboratory. Learn more.

Mechatronics Engineering

Smart Materials and Structures

A new research area that incorporates smart materials into the design of mechatronic systems. Learn more.

Medical Devices and Technologies

Cutting-edge research, development, and translation of innovative medical devices and technologies to clinical and commercial uptake. Learn more.

Neural Engineering

A multidisciplinary field of engineers, scientists and clinicians who aim to understand, repair, replace, and enhance the nervous system. Learn more.

Robotics and BioMechatronics

Using robotic science and technologies to solve real-world problems. Learn more.

Research facilities

Acoustics Laboratory

Facilities include three reverberation chambers, a large anechoic chamber, listening room, and a range of sound and vibration instrumentation. Learn more.

Aerodynamics Laboratory - Wind Tunnel Hall

Wind tunnels designed for experimental investigations of the aerodynamics of a wide range of objects. Learn more.

Brain-Computer Interface Laboratory

Multidisciplinary research aiming to repair, replace, and enhance the nervous system. Experimental approaches include EEG (electroencephalography) in human subjects, and intracrotical recordings in animal models.

Centre for Advanced Composite Materials (CACM)

The centre aims to bring together capabilities throughout the country to conduct research into advanced composite materials and manufacturing processes. Learn more.

Laboratory for Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing Systems

Forming collaborations between industry and researchers to embrace Industry 4.0 for future manufacturing. Learn more.

Mechatronics, Dynamics and Control Laboratory

Provides specialist equipment required for creating structural dynamics and the active control of these structures. Learn more.

Microsystems Laboratory

Used to support research in smart materials and microtechnologies, the Microsystems Laboratory contains equipment to fabricate devices and structures at different scales. Learn more.

Thermofluids laboratory

Specialised equipment related to thermal systems, including heat transfer, refrigeration and clean energy. Learn more.

Vibrations Laboratory

A range of equipment for vibration excitation, measurement and analysis to support research in areas of vibrations, structural dynamics, smart structures, and noise and vibration control.

Yacht Research Unit (YRU)

The primary function of the YRU is to coordinate and promote research and engineering activities relating to yachts. Learn more.