Mechanical Engineering Research Areas

Research Expertise Database
To find Purdue faculty who are active in these areas, please visit the Indiana Database of University Research Expertise (INDURE). Use the advanced search to filter results by keyword, area, grants, etc.

Acoustics and Noise Control

The Acoustics and Noise Control Research Group of the School of Mechanical Engineering are based at the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories. The Herrick Labs was established in 1958 as an interdisciplinary laboratory with the aid of a large grant from Ray W. Herrick, who was then President of Tecumseh Product Company. The labs were funded with a mission to instill cooperative enterprise between Purdue University and industry. In the past 50 years, Herrick Labs has emerged as one of the world’s renowned centers for their research and education program in Acoustics and Noise Control.  More...

Bioengineering

Bioengineering research has been an important focus of Purdue's School of Mechanical Engineering for many years. Historically, the focus has been problems in orthopaedics and biofluids, but today interest in bioengineering spans everything from the design of bioactive molecules to the development of haptic interfaces for robotic surgery applications. ME faculty have also pioneered novel areas of research including: projects that combine pharmacology and fluid mechanics; new techniques for detecting cancer, pathogens, and proteins; and the formulation of constitutive laws for human tissues such as the vocal cords and nerve fibers. More...

Combustion

Combustion research concerns the physics of fuel sprays and droplets and their combustion, computational combustion modeling, and the formation and evaluation of super-critical sprays. More...

Design

The Design faculty and students are involved in a range of research topics that integrate basic studies leading to a fundamental understanding of mechanical systems and the design process, including the development of applications meeting industrial needs. The nine Design faculty, together with their doctoral and master’s degree students, conduct research in topics related to the design, analysis and manufacture of mechanical systems. The research areas of the Design faculty are described briefly in the following sections.  More...

Fluid Mechanics and Propulsion

The Fluid Mechanics and Propulsion group in the School of Mechanical Engineering conducts a broad scope range of research into both fundamental and applied areas of fluid mechanics. The research conducted within the group encompasses issues in health, pharmaceuticals, aerodynamics, aerospace propulsion, energy production, and manufacturing. A sampling of current research programs include fluid mechanic mechanisms involved in cardiovascular disease, manufacturing processes for pharmaceutical products, microscale self-assembly, aircraft engine compressor aerodynamics, measurement techniques for micro-scale flows, human phonation (speech), film cooling, and magnetohydrodynamics. More...

Heat Transfer

Heat transfer addresses the transport of energy due to conduction, convection and radiation and impacts nearly every area of industrial practice, including aerospace, automotive, biotechnology, chemical and materials processing, electronics, energy and environmental engineering, combustion, materials and manufacturing, and many others. Heat transfer research focuses on understanding, measuring and simulating thermal phenomena, exploiting these phenomena to design and manufacture efficient devices and systems and limiting the deleterious effects of high or low temperatures on system performance. More...

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

HVACR research is being conducted by professors James Braun, Qingyan Chen, Eckhard Groll, Werner Soedel, and David Tree. More...

Manufacturing and Materials Processing

Current MMP research involves laser-based manufacturing, high speed machining and grinding processes, micromechanics of materials, intelligent manufacturing, and thermal management of microelectronic components. More...

Mechanics and Vibration

The Mechanics and Vibrations Area in the School of Mechanical Engineering conducts research on linear and nonlinear vibrations, dynamics, and acoustics, with applications in high temperature materials, advanced materials, biomechanics and biological materials, mechanics of manufacturing processes, noise and vibration control in suspensions, brakes, and other automotive/aerospace systems, experimental model identification for multi-body systems, and structural health monitoring for prognosis of ground vehicles, aircraft, spacecraft, weapon systems, and other mechanical components. More...

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is a dynamic and expanding research area in the School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University. The research activities are built upon traditional mechanical engineering disciplines, but extended into the nanoscale science and technology with the use of modern experimental and computational tools. Current research activities include nanoscale heat transfer, fluidics, manufacturing, optics, nano- and micro-scale electro-mechanical devices (NEMS and MEMS). More...

Robotics

A number of faculty and students in the School of Mechanical Engineering are engaged in traditional Robotics and Robotics-inspired Research. The Robotics faculty along with their master’s and doctoral students conduct both fundamental and applied research in a variety of areas. The groups’ research activities comprise all aspects of robotics including development of component technologies (e.g., sensors, actuators, structures, and communication), novel robotic platforms, design, controls, intelligence, advanced manufacturing, mechatronics, and autonomy for robotic systems. More...

Solid Mechanics

Faculty in the area of solid mechanics and materials study the deformation and failure behavior of solids, investigates new analytical, numerical and experimental analysis methods, develops new materials, and integrates such knowledge into functional engineering devices and structures, and manufacturing methods. More...

Systems Measurement and Control

Faculty members of the Systems, Measurement and Control Area in the School of Mechanical Engineering have diverse expertise in addressing the field’s major driving forces.   The systems that are a part of our everyday life in the 21st century will be an elegant mixture of the fruits of current research on integrating leading-edge measurements, actuation, electronics, control and computing capabilities, coupled with our increased understanding of mechanical system behavior.   Applications areas include transportation systems, manufacturing systems, biomedical devices, robotics, electro-hydraulic systems, and electro-mechanical systems.   This interdisciplinary group of engineers searches for solutions to these issues.  More...