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Research

Currently, faculty are engaged in research in many areas including computational fluid dynamics, heat transfer, renewable energy, dynamics, vibrations, control, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, materials and process selection, design optimization, synthesis and processing of bulk nanostructured materials, metal and polymer matrix nanocomposites, thin films for wear resistant, high temperature and biomedical applications, nonlinear stress analysis, failure, finite element analysis and mechatronics.

 

Cardiovascular Multiphysics, Multiscale Mechanics, Micromechanics, Nonlinear Fracture Mechanics, Computational Modeling and Simulation. Non-Linear Stress Analysis, Failure Analysis, with emphasis on Pressure Vessels and Piping, Solar Desalination. Modeling and simulation of dynamic systems, mechanical vibrations, energy harvesting, piezoelectric, electromagnetic, and pyroelectric devices.

 

Quality Assurance

Modeling and optimization of project networks taking into account time-cost tradeoffs as well as simulation of stochastic activity networks. Industrial diagnosis, production planning, productivity improvement and yield management (YM). Development and optimization of mathematical models for service systems including water, sewer and energy networks. Formulation of linear, integer or nonlinear programming models using single or multi-criteria.

 

Developing and characterizing biodegradable composite materials from natural resources for use in the packaging and biomedical industries. Developing the techniques and identifying the added layer manufacturing and 3D printing parameters for use in repair of worn components in the aviation industry. Synthesis & characterization of composite metallic & ceramic nanopowders. Consolidation Behavior of Micro and Nanostructure Metallic, intermetallic Bulk materials. Metal and Ceramic Matrix Nanocomposites Fabrication and Characterization. Self-Lubricating metal based-graphene nanocomposites, Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS); Additive layer Manufacturing; Intense Plastic Straining (ECAP, HPT, TMP). Micro & Nanostructured Coatings & Thin Films for high-wear resistance applications. Micron & nonstructural Evolution, Deformation & Fracture Behavior of High Strength/Tough Aluminum Alloys and Composites. Friction Stir Welding/Processing; Advanced nanostructures for sensor applications. MEMS microfabrication technology.

Graphene synthesis and integration within microsystems, transport phenomena in graphene/semiconductor junctions for sensor applications, graphene composites for structural and energy conversion applications, interface phenomena in graphene composite structures, design, and fabrication of physical sensors and biochemical sensors, novel substrates, micro-robotic structures for advanced cancer detection and biological cell manipulation. Materials and process-selection, nanocomposites especially Al-CNT composites, CNT strain gauges, CNT-polymeric membranes for water filtration and desalination, clay nanocomposites for gas separation.

 

Human adaptive and friendly Mechatronics, Intelligent and autonomous robotics: Control, mapping and navigation, Service and field robots for humanitarian demining, Biomimetic and biomedical robots, Telecooperation, distributed teleoperation and collaborative control, Intelligent Control, Nonlinear and Robust control Wireless sensor networks and ambient intelligence.

 

Sustainable Development, Environment, Natural resources, recycling, cleaner production, Industrial ecology, waste management, zero waste concept, sustainable rural community, sustainable industrial community, sustainable urban community, green building, renewable energy and cradle to cradle concept.

Gas turbine aerodynamics and heat transfer - Computational fluid dynamics modeling of internal and external flows - Turbulence measurement in film cooling flows - Solar thermal heat transfer - Biomimicry: wake pattern behind pinniped vibrissae (experimental)

Energy - Thermofluids - Turbulent combustion - Renewable energy- Laser Diagnostics - Alternative fuels - Combustion systems - Laser systems - Laser material interaction.