School of Mechanical Engineering Honours Projects
Find out more about the School of Mechanical Engineering 2015 Honours Projects.
- Acoustics and Vibrations
Project Title Principal Supervisor Noise contour mapping using an air-vehicle Assoc. Prof. Carl Howard Using ultrasound to kill blue-green algae Assoc. Prof. Carl Howard Thermoacoustic heat engine Assoc. Prof. Carl Howard The world's fastest track bike Assoc. Prof. Richard Kelso Bicycle helmet aerodynamics & cooling Assoc. Prof. Richard Kelso High-efficiency fans using crazy foil profiles Assoc. Prof. Richard Kelso Control of noise from industrial flow valves Assoc. Prof. Anthony Zander Satellite integration Dr Matthew Tetlow Design and development of high performance surfboard fins Dr Antoni Blazewicz Active exhaust silencer (2 students) Assoc. Prof. Carl Howard Active exhaust silencer (3 students) Assoc. Prof. Carl Howard
Project Title Principal Supervisor Design and build a controllable leading & trailing-edge airfoil system Dr Lei Chen Satellite systems engineering Dr Matthew Tetlow Satellite ADCS test and integration Dr Matthew Tetlow Intelligent leading & trailing-edge control system for flexible airfoils Dr Lei Chen
- Biomechanics / Sports Engineering
Project Title Principal Supervisor Archery performance and assessment Dr John Codrington Kangaroo robot (and biomechanics) Dr John Codrington Hand cycling 1 Assoc. Prof. Paul Grimshaw Hand cycling 3 Assoc. Prof. Richard Kelso Biomechanics and aerodynamics of hucking and pulling in ultimate frisbee Assoc. Prof. Paul Grimshaw Biofidelic neck for paramedic training mannequin Dr Claire Jones Olympic training facility Dr Steven Grainger Rowing ergo instrumentation and biomechanics Dr Will Robertson Automating the AFL kicking machine Dr Will Robertson
- Mechanical Engineering
Project Title Principal Supervisor How much can we dent and damage an aircraft before it goes POP! Dr John Codrington Development of really cool toys to promote engineering to school students Dr Cris Birzer Design and build of a lean manufacturing system for custom wheelchair seating Assoc. Prof. Andrei Kotousov Design and evaluation of nacre-like staggered composites Assoc. Prof. Andrei Kotousov Waste heat harvesting using multiferroic alloys Dr Lei Chen The Solar Car Sub-System #1: Aerodynamics, structures and ergonomics Assoc. Prof. Colin Kestell The Solar Car Sub-System #2: Mechanical systems and dynamics Dr Antoni Blazewicz The Solar Car Sub-System #3: Electrical and motive power Dr Antoni Blazewicz The Solar Car Sub-System #4: Integration, planning, logistics and strategy Assoc. Prof. Colin Kestell Design of secure letterboxes for large parcels Dr Zonghan Xie Strong, lightweight, and recoverable materials: simulation, 3D printing and testing Dr Zonghan Xie Off-road racing buggy suspension linkage system Mr Gareth Bridges Investigating the plasma dynamics of laser-induced optical breakdown in Vitreolysis Dr Cris Birzer Design, fabrication, assembly and testing of a light weight DIY trailer Assoc. Prof. Reza Ghomashchi Optimisation of a crystal's composition for optical refrigeration Dr Zonghan Xie Next generation power-assist wheelchair for rural application Assoc. Prof. Andrei Kotousov
Project Title Principal Supervisor Autonomous vehicles for autonomous science Dr Steven Grainger Atomic force microscope Dr Steven Grainger NI autonomous robotics competition 2015 Dr Steven Grainger Lower body exoskeleton gait generation and motion control Dr Tien-Fu Lu 3D printing for bio-degradable items Dr Tien-Fu Lu Single-grain sorter and loader for "Optical Dating" Prof. Ben Cazzolato Innovative modelling and testing of Clipsal's Universal Switch Mech (30USM) Dr Lei Chen RoboSub competition Assoc. Prof. Andrei Kotousov Automated gourmet BBQ Dr Lei Chen ZELOS: An autonomous ground vehicle Dr Tien-Fu Lu Autonomous Firefighting Robot Dr Steven Grainger Automated taco maker Dr Lei Chen Maglev record player Dr Will Robertson Automated beer brewing system Dr Antoni Blazewicz Cooperative juggling quadcopters Dr Will Robertson Feasibility of quantum computing as a future HPC method Dr Minkwan Kim Active suspension system for FSAE Prof. Ben Cazzolato
- Sustainable Engineering
Project Title Principal Supervisor Parameterisation of TLUD cookstoves to reduce emissions Dr Paul Medwell Hydro power from scrap - providing electricity to the world Dr Cris Birzer Blue-prints for manufacturing plants in resource-constrained communities Dr Cris Birzer Design and build a PV testing facility Assoc. Prof. Eric Hu Purify water with plasma Dr Minkwan Kim Wave power generation Dr Cris Birzer Wave power from scrap - providing electricity to the world Dr Cris Birzer Water purification from kinetic energy Dr Erwin Gamboa
Project Title Principal Supervisor Gas turbine reheat combustor Dr Paul Medwell Effective cooling of power bank energy storage Prof. Bassam Dally High temperature thermal storage systems - Application to resort hotel Mr Gareth Bridges De-fouling heat exchangers with a ball cleaning system Mr Gareth Bridges Design and build a micro gas turbine Dr Paul Medwell Modelling the thermal characteristics of rare Pilbara bat roosts in mines and caves Dr Zhao Tian
Each year the School of Mechanical Engineering showcases its Honours projects at an annual exhibition open to industry and the general public.
View the honours project galleries for highlights at the School's annual Honours Project Exhibition.