DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Dr. Marek R. Kujath
The Department of Mechanical Engineering of Dalhousie University offers a strong program at the undergraduate and post-graduate level aimed at meeting the needs of Canadian Industry. Major research areas within the department include systems and design, marine hydrodynamics and offshore engineering, energy and heat transfer, fluids, applied mechanics and dynamics, MEMS, and bio-medical engineering.
The Department has about fifty post-graduate students, and about one hundred and fifty undergraduate students. Post-graduate degrees offered are the M.Eng. (non-thesis), M.A.Sc., and Ph.D.
Within the Systems and Design area, several research programs are focused on the applications of the computer as a design tool. Computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) are of major interest. Applications include control of real systems, mechanism design, and the design of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). Computers are also being used for testing of such time varying mechanical systems as rotors, robotic manipulators and suspension systems for ground-based testing of large space structures.
Faculty members within the Department are also active in the field of energy utilization including solar energy, fluidized bed combustion, and computational fluid dynamics. This research includes energy management in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, electric power generation from coal, modeling of advanced power cycles experimental heat transfer, solar water heating, and solar powered pumping. Extensive experimental facilities have been developed for all of these research areas. Within the solid mechanics group, the research programs are focused on the analysis of stresses in inhomogeneous anisotropic solids and on the fracture mechanics. Novel rigorous theoretical approaches are developed for the calculations of effective and local properties of composite materials and reinforced structural members which are essential for the optimal design of advanced reinforced engineering structures with applications in mechanical and civil engineering, aerospace, marine vessel, and power generation industries.