Mechanical Engineering

The Part IV Project is a learning exercise in which you will tackle a significant problem, not too different from many that might be encountered in subsequent professional life.

Part IV research project

The project provides an opportunity for students to work largely on their own initiative (under supervision) on a particular topic of interest in Mechanical Engineering or Mechatronics.

It counts as two courses (a total of 30 points), one in each semester. Work takes place over a complete academic year, requiring you to enrol in MECHENG 700A and 700B courses (for both Mechanical and Mechatronics students).

The aims of the project are:

  • To undertake problem formulation, management and solution
  • To acquire technical, personal and professional competencies
  • To learn and practice communication skills

Your performance will be assessed on how well you have achieved these aims.

While you will be working in groups of two under the direction and continuing guidance of a project supervisor, the Part IV research project requires independent thought and action. We hope that you will feel a personal sense of achievement by the end of your project. A project planner indicating the important dates is available for you to help planning the project.

The project can also be seen within a professional context where you, as an engineer, have to investigate a particular problem in some depth and produce both an analysis of the problem and its solution. The basis of the solution must include a formal report, a conference presentation and an industrial display.

Some projects are primarily laboratory work and can involve substantial liaison with local industry, while others may be more analytical or computational. More details about the projects can be found in the Part IV Research Project Handbook hosted on Canvas.

Work should occupy twelve timetable hours per week, plus a supervision hour. It extends from March through to early October. Each project topic is assigned to a pair of students who work as a team. However, the following elements of the project are separately assessed:

  • Mid-year progress report
  • Final report
  • Conference presentation
  • Quality of performance over the two semesters

Individual grades are awarded for the project.

2019 projects

2019's award-winning projects

Tank Pressure System for Liquid Fueled Rockets 
Luke Feldmann, Joel Raichur
Awarded by: Royal Aeronautical Society

Completion of an Infrared-Heating Rotational Moulding Machine for Performance Evaluation of Composites Moulding
Max Hayman, Louie Heron
Awarded by: Aim Altitude

Difference in the effect of speech masking for native and non-native listeners
Eugena Au, Shirley Xiao
Awarded by: Acoustical Society of New Zealand

Design of Helmholtz resonators for improving the sound transmission loss of stud partitions
Nicholas Ansley, William Zhu
Awarded by: Acoustical Society of New Zealand

Machine learning to enable cyber-physical-machine-tool for Industry 4.0
Flynn Letford, Max Rogers
Awarded by: Beckhoff

Augmented reality for sports rehabilitation
Vandna Patel, Aryaman Taore
Awarded by: Caliber Design

Eye-tracking system for diagnosis of visual deficits
Sidhant Raje, Jerry Zhang
Awarded by: Callaghan Innovation

High Production Rate Manufacturing of Fibre Reinforced Plastics using the Wet Compression Process
Kelly Chang, Himansu Daya
Awarded by: Composites Association of New Zealand

Human-Drone Physical Interaction
Dah Young Kim, Zihao Zhang
Awarded by: Crown RTC

Performance Analysis and Optimization of Wine Bottle Coolers
Helen Mak, Joshua Young
Awarded by: Fisher & Paykel Appliances

Investigating Sleep Apnea Using Shallow Convolutional Neural Networks
Hazel Glasgow, Lucia Quirke
Awarded by: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Design and Manufacture of Compliant Structures for In-road Wireless EV Charging Solutions
Ravindra Anurithan, Joseph Tildesley
Awarded by: HERA

Automated Hull Cleaning System
Rory Butler, Alma Ormsby
Awarded by: HYSPECS

Smart glove control and drone
Antony Tang, Stephen Leong
Awarded by: Mechanical Engineering Group (MEG)

Reconfigurable, Lightweight Grasping Mechanisms for Aerial Robotic Vehicles
Lydia Hingston, Jonathan Mace
Awarded by: Mechanical Engineering Group (MEG)

Performance of a fixed wing UAV under extreme weather conditions
Tony Kamberi, Nathan Sycamore
Awarded by: Pacific Projects

Closed Mould Manufacture of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics, from In-situ Polymerised Nylon
Jessica Chen, Nevil Patel
Awarded by: SGS New Zealand

Projects system

The online Part IV project system is used to manage aspects of research project administration, including submission of your project preferences, project allocation and possibly (when conditions allow) to marking, organisation of seminars and displays, and submission of your final report.


Dr Minas Liarokapis (coordinator)