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Mechanical Engineering - Research

Welcome to the research pages of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

By combining expertise and enterprise, we continually push the boundaries of engineering. By collaborating with leading companies at home and abroad, we develop bespoke solutions to complex problems, delivering competitive advantage.

With expert faculty members, state-of-the-art facilities and a first-rate research environment, our cross-cutting research in innovative manufacturing, biomedical engineering and sustainable engineering is finding answers to problems with national and global impact.


DCC13 PhD - Mechanical Engineering (Part-Time)
DCC14 PhD - Mechanical Engineering (Full-Time)
DCC15 MEng - Mechanical Engineering (Full-Time)
DCC16 MEng - Mechanical Engineering (Part-Time)
DCC17 PhD-track - Mechanical Engineering (Full-Time)
DCC18 PhD-track - Mechanical Engineering (Part-Time)

Research areas

Interests and Expertise

Innovative Manufacturing Research

Regions that can successfully implement innovative manufacturing provide jobs and economic growth, which directly translates to a better quality of life and standard of living. The research which the School undertakes is relevant and valuable to a broad range of Irish manufacturing sectors.

Our research expertise in this area includes:

•Laser surface modification of material surfaces for bespoke applications.

•Implementation of novel microfluidic systems for detection of chemical or biological species.

•Additive manufacturing technologies.

•Semi-solid metal forming.

•Optimising semiconductor manufacturing using simulation.

•Assessing impact of bottlenecks and variable demand on design of efficient lean production control strategies.

•Supply chain optimisation for test wafers in semiconductor manufacturing.

•Flow visualisation studies of pharmaceutical and semi-conductor pipe tees.

Biomedical Engineering Research

Biomedical Engineering research is an interdisciplinary activity which innovates at the boundaries of engineering and biomedical sciences to address unmet clinical needs.

Our research expertise in this area includes:

•Cardiovascular biomechanics and intravascular medical device design.

•Biomaterials (vascular, orthopaedic, wound-care).

•Implant coating technologies.

•Biomechanics of orthopaedic implants.

•Novel surgical device technology.

Sustainable Engineering

The School is actively involved in research into sustainable technology including the treatment of drinking water and waste water, and the management of water and waste water infrastructure.

Our research expertise in this area includes:

•Computational modelling of hydrodynamics of ocean wave energy converters.

•Development of three dimensional two-fluid flow codes.

•Efficient design of pump systems.

•Work on efficient and parallel solution algorithm.

•Computational modelling of solar thermal collector.

•Development of numerical codes for modelling of heat transfer in two-fluid flow.

•Extension of code two model phase change and simulate boiling process.

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