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Professor Anthony Zander
Head of School

About the School

With an outstanding reputation for teaching, research and the quality of its graduates, the School of Mechanical Engineering is proud of its long-standing tradition of quality student education.

Underpinned by world-leading research and a vibrant, innovative environment that facilitates knowledge generation and technology development, the School of Mechanical Engineering equips graduates with the necessary tools to push the boundaries of modern technology and make a profound impact on the world.

Undertaking a range of 'blue-sky' and applied research, the School has developed many new and innovative technologies that have made an impact throughout the world. Research is conducted across a diverse and wide range of areas including fluid mechanics, vibration and control, combustion, robotics and automation, energy technology, materials and structures, and acoustics and autonomous systems. Highly skilled technical staff and fully equipped instrumentation, electronics and mechanical workshops support the sophisticated facilities and equipment necessary to sustain the research activities of the School.

  • Our Mission
    • To provide high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education in mechanical engineering, through world-class teaching and research
    • To provide an environment that delivers excellent research in the field of mechanical engineering to the benefit of society
    • To support the missions of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and the University of Adelaide
  • Our History

    Professor H.H. Davis

    After a long history of engineering education at the University of Adelaide dating back to 1878, the School of Mechanical Engineering was established separately in 1946.

    Instrumental in this were sizeable donations from BHP, Adelaide Electric Supply Limited, GMH Limited and Sir Edward Holden, and smaller donations from several other organisations. A Professor of Mechanical Engineering (H. H. Davis) was appointed in 1946 and, in 1948, two permanent lecturing staff were appointed.

  • The School at a Glance
    • Academic staff: 28
    • Administrative staff: 7
    • Workshop and computing staff: 13
    • Postdoctoral researchers: 19
    • Higher degree by research (PhD and Master) students: 91
    • Higher degree by coursework students: 73
    • Undergraduate students: 1100+
    • International undergraduate students: 189

    Current as at August 2013

  • Our Expertise
    Acoustics, Vibration and Control
    • Active noise control
    • Industrial noise control
    • Underwater acoustics
    • Active vibration control
    • Industrial and human body vibration
    • Vibration analysis and control
    • Signal processing
    • Boundary element analysis
    • Finite element analysis
    • Statistical energy analysis
    • Intelligent robotics and manufacturing systems
    • Automation of manufacturing processes
    • Mechatronics
    • Control Systems
    Combustion, Air Conditioning and Fluid Mechanics
    • Aerospace engineering
    • Air conditioning and building services
    • Coal combustion modelling
    • Gaseous explosion modelling
    • Combustion performance
    • Computational thermo fluid mechanics
    • Flames and industrial burners
    • Flow Separation and reattachment
    • Flow visualisation
    • Boundary layers
    • Heat and mass transfer
    • Jets, wakes, jets in cross flow
    • Mixing of fuel jets
    • Precessing jet flows and flames
    • Swirling flows
    • Wake-bluff body interactions
    • Fluid mechanics and turbulence
    • Wind engineering
    Materials and Fracture Mechanics
    • Electron microscopy
    • Fracture mechanics
    • Fatigue analysis
    • Materials science
    • Ferrous and non-ferrous alloys
    • Corrosion
    • Solidification mechanics
    • Stress analysis
    • Structural integrity
    • Electron optical techniques including
    • TEM, SEM, FESEM and X ray analysis
    • Welding and joining
    Sports Engineering
    • Computational modeling
    • Sports equipment design
    • Lab experiments and testing on equipment, athletes and their interaction in a controlled environment
    • Material science
  • Our Facilities
    • Anechoic and reveration acoustic test chambers
    • ANSYS Fluent & OpenFoam CFD software
    • Combustion facilities and laser diagnostic instrumentations
    • Comprehensive inventory of noise and vibration test equipment for in-house and field testing
    • Computational engineering - fluid dynamics, stress analysis, acoustics, vibration
    • Engine test cells
    • Fluid dynamics facilities including a number of water tunnels and wind tunnels
    • Full range of fluid velocity & pressure measurement systems
    • Powerful computing network
    • Fully equipped mechanical workshop including a CNC lathe and CNC vertical mills
    • Specialised welding equipment for research
    • Impact test facilities for playground materials
    • Wind tunnels
    • 3D scanning laser vibrometer
    • Lasers for flow visualisation



School of Mechanical Engineering

Engineering South, L1


T: +61 8 8313 5460
F: +61 8 8313 4367