Michigan Technological University
 Research in Mechanical Engineering -- Engineering Mechanics

Department of
Mechanical Engineering -- Engineering Mechanics
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI USA 49931-1295
Phone: 906.487.2551 Fax: 906.487.2822



Research Thrusts
Engineering Education Innovation
As the world continues to change with globalization and technological advances so must engineering education p...
Advanced Power System
In the face of an impending energy crisis, the Advanced Power Systems research center is exploring alternative...
Space Systems
The Space Systems Research group is creating innovative electric propulsion systems to make space travel more ...
Mechanics of Multi-scale Materials
The Mechanics of Multi-scale Materials research group uncovers the relationships of structures across the full...
Multidisciplinary Engineered Dynamic Systems
The Multidisciplinary Engineered Dynamic Systems research is collaborative research at the interface of engine...
Multi-scale Sensors and Systems
The Multi-scale Sensors and Systems Research Group specializes in the design, fabrication, integration, and te...
Agile Interconnected Microgrids (AIM)
Agile Interconnected Microgrids (AIM) is a multidisciplinary research center with a broad research goal of s...
Sustainable Manufacturing and Design
Sustainable Manufacturing and Design research efforts are focused on sustainability issues related to design a...
Advanced Power System
In the face of an impending energy crisis, the Advanced Power Systems research center is exploring alternative energy sources that will help mitigate the economic ramification of increased oil prices that are expected in coming years. The focus is on Alternative Energy Sources such as biofuels, fuel cells, and wind turbines. The most immediately feasible alternative energy source is biofuels. With decades of expertise and numerous innovative engine research labs, the APS group is well-equipped to devise the necessary modifications to IC engines that will allow them to run on high mix biofuel, which will improve efficiency and reduce emissions without sacrificing torque, fuel economy, or smooth vehicle operation.


The group also focuses on Energy System Optimization to ensure efficient use of future fuel supplies. Thermal-fluid experts are working to characterize two-phase flows in heat exchangers, enhance flows in fuel cells, and to develop methods and technologies that will allow the utilization of gasified natural material in power generation systems. Researchers are also investigating ways to optimize the flow of air across wind turbines in order to increase productivity. By investigating current and emerging technologies, the group is bridging the gap between today's fossil fuel economy and a multi-source economy that promises a more stable and sustainable future.
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