Department of Mechanical Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy

Sept 2019 Entry

Introduction


As one of the founding departments of the University in 1937, the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been at the forefront of the vast evolvement of its field.

 

The Department is proud of its international focus and active collaborations with overseas institutions.  Its global connections open the minds and broaden the perspectives of the future generations to uncover knowledge that benefits mankind.  The Department’s world-class faculty and internationally renowned programmes draw students from across the globe. The Department has also published numerous research reports in top-class international publications.

 

The Department has achieved promising results in International University Rankings by discipline in recent years, based on its academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact:

 

  • 17th in the subject of “Engineering” (Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering) in Best Global Universities Rankings 2018 by the U.S. News and World Report
  • 29th in the subject of “Mechanical Engineering” in Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2018 by ShanghaiRanking's. (PolyU is the only university in Hong Kong ranked in the top 50)
  • 51-100th in “Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing” in QS World University Ranking by Subject, 2018
  • 56th in “Engineering and Technology” in QS World University Ranking by Faculty, 2018
  • 22nd in the subject of “Mechanical Engineering” in the National Taiwan University World University Ranking 2018

Research Areas


Advanced Materials and Processing

SupervisorSpecialisation
Prof. GH CHEN
ghchen@polyu.edu.hk
Electrode materials R&D; Materials green production; Chemical vapour deposition
Prof. MW FU
mmmwfu@polyu.edu.hk
Advanced materials processing; Computational materials science; Damage and fracture of materials; Finite element modelling and simulation; Micro-mechanics of materials
Dr. ZB JIAO
zbjiao@polyu.edu.hk
Advanced structural materials; High-temperature and high-strength alloys; Nanostructured and nanocrystalline alloys; Material processing and mechanical behaviour; 3D Atom probe tomography characterisation
Prof. Wallace WF LEUNG
mmwleung@polyu.edu.hk
Nanofibres for tissue engineering; Semiconductor nanofibres with superb charge conductivity
Dr. HH RUAN
hhruan@polyu.edu.hk
Non-equilibrium materials engineering; Amorphous materials and nanomaterials; Dynamic behaviour of materials; Theory of non-equilibrium phase transformation; Constitutive modelling of advanced materials
Prof. SQ SHI
mmsqshi@polyu.edu.hk
Advanced materials development; Computational materials design & modelling; Nanomaterials and nanotechnology; Environmental degradation of materials
Dr. HM YAO
mmhyao@polyu.edu.hk
Bio-inspired mechanics & materials; Contact mechanics; Fracture mechanics; Multiscale mechanical characterisations; Computational material science
Dr. GP ZHENG
mmzheng@polyu.edu.hk
Computational materials science; Atomistic modelling and simulation; Amorphous alloys; Nanostructured materials; Two-dimensional materials
Prof. LM ZHOU
mmlmzhou@polyu.edu.hk
Advanced composite materials; Nano material and nanotechnology; High performance thermoplastic composites; Electrospinning; Smart materials and structures
Dr. J ZHU
jiezhu@polyu.edu.hk
Structured materials; Material characterisations

Aerospace Engineering

SupervisorSpecialisation
Prof. L CHENG
mmlcheng@polyu.edu.hk
Acoustics: sound propagation, noise control, passive and active control; Vibration: modelling, control and vibration reduction of structures. Structural wave manipulations; Structural health monitoring: vibration and wave-based damage detection methods; Smart structures with embedding sensor technology; Fluid-structure-sound interaction
Dr. YS CHOY
mmyschoy@polyu.edu.hk
Structural health diagnosis by non-contact method; Turbine blade-tip clearance assessment; Engine noise and vibration measurement; Airport noise assessment; Engine noise control
Dr. XJ JING
mmjxj@polyu.edu.hk
Vibration based fault detection; Structure health monitoring; Micro-vibration/vibration control
Prof. Wallace WF LEUNG
mmwleung@polyu.edu.hk
Engine cooling
Dr. Randolph CK LEUNG
mmrleung@polyu.edu.hk
Aeroacoustics and aircraft noise; Aeronautical flow-induced noise and vibration; Computational aeroacoustics and CFD; Active flow noise control; Aeroacoustics source identification
Dr. Y LIU
mmyliu@polyu.edu.hk
Turbulence modeling; Fluid-structure interaction; Dissipative particle dynamics; CFD
Prof. ZQ SU
mmsu@polyu.edu.hk
Structural health monitoring (SHM); Non-destructive evaluation (NDE); Smart materials and structures; Advanced composite materials; Sensor and sensor network
Dr. H TANG
htang@polyu.edu.hk
Aerodynamics; Active flow control
Prof. CY WEN
cywen@polyu.edu.hk
Aerothermodynamics and boundary layer transition of hypersonic/supersonic vehicles; Shock/droplet and shock/bubble interactions; Detonation; UAV/MAV technology research and development; Experimental fluid mechanics and CFD
Dr. P ZHANG
pzhang@polyu.edu.hk
Rarefied gasdynamics; Supersonic combustion and detonation
Prof. LM ZHOU
mmlmzhou@polyu.edu.hk
Aircraft composites; Lightening damage protection; Failure analysis of aircraft structures; Structural health monitoring

Clean Energy and Energy Storage

SupervisorSpecialisation
Dr. L AN
liangan@polyu.edu.hk
Fuel cells; Batteries; Advanced energy materials
Prof. GH CHEN
ghchen@polyu.edu.hk
Lithium ion batteries; Lithium sulfur battery; Electrochemical energy conversion
Prof. Wallace WF LEUNG
mmwleung@polyu.edu.hk
Dye sensitised solar cells; Perovskite solar cells
Prof. SQ SHI
mmsqshi@polyu.edu.hk
Nuclear materials; Hydrogen storage
Dr. H TANG
htang@polyu.edu.hk
Wind/marine energy extraction
Dr. HM YAO
mmhyao@polyu.edu.hk
Mechanical behaviour of energy materials; Lithium-ion batteries
Dr. GP ZHENG
mmzheng@polyu.edu.hk
Nanoporous electrode materials; Solid-state refrigeration; Piezoelectric energy conversion
Prof. LM ZHOU
mmlmzhou@polyu.edu.hk
Nano materials and technology for energy conversions and storages; Materials for batteries/supercapacitors; Materials for solar cells; Structural composite battery/supercapacitor; Mechanics modelling and failure analysis of battery materials

Robotics and Control

Supervisor Specialisation
Dr. Henry KH CHU
khhchu@polyu.edu.hk
Contact and Non-contact Manipulation; Vision-based Control and Automation; Microsystem Design and Fabrication; Robotic Microassembly; Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Dr. XJ JING
mmjxj@polyu.edu.hk
Navigation and motion planning; Control & structural design of robots; Mobile robot systems; Construction robots; Exoskeleton; Intelligent systems; Robust control; Nonlinear signal processing; Nonlinear system identification; Nonlinear analysis and design; Nonlinear frequency domain methods
Dr. David NAVARRO-ALARCON
dnavar@polyu.edu.hk
Multimodal perception; Sensor-guided motion; Adaptive robot behaviour

Sound and Vibration

SupervisorSpecialisation
Prof. L CHENG
mmlcheng@polyu.edu.hk
Acoustics: sound propagation, noise control, passive and active control; Vibration: modelling, control and vibration reduction of structures. Structural wave manipulations; Structural health monitoring: vibration and wave-based damage detection methods; Smart structures with embedding sensor technology; Fluid-structure-sound interaction
Dr. YS CHOY
mmyschoy@polyu.edu.hk
Vibroacoustics; Environmental noise control; Fan and duct noise control; Sound source identification; Soundscape and sound quality of product
Dr. XJ JING
mmjxj@polyu.edu.hk
Nonlinear vibration control/isolation/suppression; Nonlinear vibration energy harvesting; Anti-vibration structures; Sensor design; Quasi-zero or zero stiffness; Nonlinear damping; Nonlinear dynamics
Dr. Randolph CK LEUNG
mmrleung@polyu.edu.hk
Low noise design for fans and turbomachinery; Metamaterial duct flow silencer; Urban and environmental noise simulation and control; CPX technology for tyre/road noise control; Product sound quality and design
Prof. ZQ SU
mmsu@polyu.edu.hk
Structural health monitoring (SHM); Wave propagation; Non-destructive evaluation (NDE); Sensor and sensor network; Smart materials and structures
Dr. WO WONG
mmwowong@polyu.edu.hk
Structural analysis; Vibration diagnostics; Vibration absorber design and optimisation; Laser diagnostics; Laser interferometry
Dr. HM YAO
mmhyao@polyu.edu.hk
Thermally-induced vibration
Dr. J ZHU
jiezhu@polyu.edu.hk
Acoustic metamaterials; Acoustic metasurface; Physical acoustics; Ultrasound; Transducers

Thermofluids and Combustion

SupervisorSpecialisation
Prof. TL CHAN
mmtlchan@polyu.edu.hk
Multiphase and multi-component complex systems with micro- and nanoscale; Aerosol science & technology; Transport and formation of nano/microparticles and gaseous pollutants; Combustion & emissions formation; Thermal-fluids science & engineering
Prof. CS CHEUNG
mmcsc@polyu.edu.hk
Internal combustion engine; Alternative fuels; Combustion and emissions characteristics; Pollution control; Diesel particulate characterisation
Prof. Wallace WF LEUNG
mmwleung@polyu.edu.hk
Filtration of particulates and nano-aerosols by nanofibre filter; Photocatalytic oxidation of harmful gas by nanofibre photocatalyst; Micromixing in micro- and milli-chamber and micro-channels
Dr. Y LIU
mmyliu@polyu.edu.hk
Cell adhesion; Microflow; Molecular signalling; Lung and airway; Molecular dynamics;
Dr. H TANG
htang@polyu.edu.hk
Fluid-structure interaction; Multiphase flow
Prof. CY WEN
cywen@polyu.edu.hk
Active flow control; Urban environment simulation
Dr. P ZHANG
pzhang@polyu.edu.hk
Theoretical combustion; Theoretical chemical kinetics of combustion reactions; Combustion chemistry of petroleum fuels, biofuels and rocket propellants; Droplets and sprays; Fire dynamics

Research Facilities


The Department aims to provide advanced teaching and research accommodation for both undergraduates and postgraduates in state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities.

 

Other Information


For full-time UGC quota PhD admission, preference will be given to applicants who apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, for which the application period starts in early September each year. All research postgraduate applicants are recommended to approach potential supervisors and preferably, put their names on the applications. For details, please refer to “Research Areas” or ME website: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/me/en-us/Academicstaffs/index

 

The Department has organised/co-organised a series of symposiums and international conferences to pursue knowledge through interactions among the world’s foremost scientists and scholars.  To further elevate its research quality and academic standing, the Department has also invited top-notch scholars to serve as visiting chair professors under the Distinguished Chair Professor Scheme.

 

Please visit our website to find out more about our past and upcoming events.

 
 

The Department’s reputation for all-round excellence is fortified by the remarkable achievements of its internationally reputed faculty members.

 

For more details, please browse ME homepage: http://www.polyu.edu.hk/me/en-US/StaffAchievements/index

 
 

The Department offers student exchange opportunities to enhance students’ global outlook, languages skills and personal development.  Every year, the Department arranges research attachments (from three to six months) for students to visit overseas universities with financial support.

 

With the aim of advancing research by exchanging knowledge and ideas within the field of Mechanical Engineering, the Department also provides additional financial support to research students to attend international conferences.

Supporting Documents


Academic Referee's Report

Compulsory - Two Academic Referee's Reports are required

Transcript / Certificate

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