Research Projects for Aug 2017 MEng/PhD intake
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Note: 1) The projects listed below are for the applicants to select research topics and supervisors for August 2017 intake of MEng/PhD students.Note: 2) Due to the large numbers of applicants, we suggest you to select upto three (3) different supervisors and topics in your personal statement, in case the professor you select has already identified student for his/her project.Note: 3) For detail of the project, please contact the professor directly.Note: 4) Most Important, do not forgot to sign the hard copy of your application form before you mail to us. Unsigned application will slow down the application processes
NoSupervisor Name and EmailProject TitleDescription of the ProjectKeywordsStudent BackgroundQuota
1Dr. DUONG Hai Minh ( CONTROL OF CARBON NANOTUBE AND GRAPHENE FROM FLOATING CATALYST METHODSIn this project, we investigate the CNM growth mechanisms of the floating catalyst method through experiments and computational modelling. Then we can propose to optimize the synthesis conditions to control effectively the CNM morphologies such as types and size of individual CNMs, the number of CNM walls/layers and even their chirality. InMechanical Engineering, Materials, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering is a plus but not obligated.1
2Dr. David ESTRUCH-SAMPER ( and A/Prof. TEO Chiang JuayExperimental investigation on the laminar-turbulent transition of incompressible boundary layersThis project will involve extensive experimental testing to develop the understanding of the fundamental physics of laminar-turbulent transition in incompressible flow. Measurements will be carried in a low-speed wind tunnel facility and will initially rely on the application of hot-wire anemometry during the first half of the project, followed by the application of time-resolved particle image velocimetry during the second half.Aerodynamics, Experimental Fluids Mechanics, Boundary Layer TransitionExperimental Fluids Mechanics1
3Prof. Jerry FUH Ying His ( 3D Printing of functional materials for industry applications (biomedical, dental, food pharmaceutical, aerospace, and precision engineering)The main objective of the research is to address the fundamental limitations (layer-by-layer fabrication, weak material properties, low functional strength, etc.) and develop new processes and functional materials for: 3D (1) bio-printing, (2) metal/ceramic printing; (3) composite printing, and (4) food printing so to advance its sciences, processes and technological applications3-D printingMaterials, manufacturing, instrumentation, control, mechanics, life science, etc. Experience in 3DP processes and materials development will be a plus2
4A/Prof. HONG Geok Soon ( and A/Prof. LEE Kim SengTool Condition Monitoring for Large Format MachiningDevelopment of tool condition monitoring technique for remote in-situ monitoring/diagnostics of the gun drilling process. The major objective of the TCM system is to identify the cutting tool conditions (such as tool wear, breakage etc.) from appropriately captured sensor data. This involves on identifying pertinent features and establishing a framework to facilitate the feasible implementation of a monitoring system.Tool condition monitoring, deep hole drilling, signal processingInstrumentation, control, mechanics and computational intelligence1
5Dr. KOH Yee Kan ( Heat Conduction in Carbon Nanotube FibersCarbon Nanotube Fibers could be used for novel applications, including for high-strength military vests, sporting goods and automobile applications. However, the thermal conductivity of carbon nanotube fibers is still relatively unknown, due to mainly the changes to accurately measure them. The thermal conductivity of carbon nanotube fibers is highly anisotropic, with heat resistance along the fibers much lower than heat resistance across the fibers. In this project, the student will experimentally measure the anisotropic thermal conductivity of carbon nanotube fibers, using a novel pump-probe setup in the lab. The work could lead to carbon nanotube fibers with good thermal propertiesHeat Transfer, carbon nanotube fibersStudents with backgrounds in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, or Physics are welcomed.1
6Dr. Rajeev K. JAIMAN ( Interface Conditions and Time-Integrator Parameters for Fluid-Structure InteractionThis project will aim at the development of efficient numerical methodologies for non-matching spatial and temporal discretization of fluid-solid interactions. Existing in-house codes will be used as baseline for developing optimal interface methods and time-integration parameters. The developed computational framework has the potential to transform, for example, diagnostic capabilities for the initiation and propagation of blood-related diseases, aerospace and offshore structural designs. The research will also revamp some of the courses in structural mechanics and computational methods to include approaches to study fluid-solid interaction problems and enable researchers to find accurate solutions to societal challenges in designing systems involving fluid-solid couplings.CFD, finite elements, fluid mechanicsFluid and Solid Mechanics, Finite Elements Methods, Computational Fluid Dynamics1
7Dr. Rajeev K. JAIMAN ( and Boo Cheong KhooDevelopment of Physics-based Contact Methodologies for Coupled ProblemsA new physics-based contact algorithm will be developed for two or more flexible bodies undergoing flow-induced vibration and self-induced flapping. The in-house moving-boundary/variational multiscale solver for fluid-structure interaction (FSI) will be a starting point for this project. The initial step will be to perform a wide range of simulations to validate near-gap flow physics with flowing fluid and lubrication forces. Based on detailed investigations and validations, the novel algorithm will be developed to perform combined FSI simulations with contact effects. A key challenge will be to handle the mesh distortion and topological changes in the contact regionsCFD, finite elements, fluid mechanicsFluid and Solid Mechanics, Finite Elements Methods, Computational Fluid Dynamics1
8Dr. Rajeev K. JAIMAN ( and Boo Cheong KhooA Novel Continuum Mechanics Solver for Vortex-Induced Vibration with Nonlinear Free-Surface Wave EffectsA new phase-field formulation for numerical wave-current basin will be developed based on mixed finite-element using higher-order smooth NURB-like basis functions. The phase-field formulation will be also applicable to ice modeling for Arctic conditions (unlike VOF formulation). There exist no such studies in the literature. Until now, there have been some experimental studies to understand the effects of wave-induced stresses and vortex force on a turbulent current profile. A renewed effort in this area, in close cooperation with ongoing CFD simulations, with appropriate hybrid turbulence model, will enable improved physical insight of the wave-current interactionCFD, finite elements, fluid mechanicsFluid and Solid Mechanics, Finite Elements Methods, Computational Fluid Dynamics1
9A/Prof. Shailendra P. JOSHI
Dynamics of Failure of Magnesium AlloysIn this project, we aim to expand our current research in the area of Mg alloys toward developing fundamental understanding of failure initiation and evolution under multi-axial loading condition. We propose to perform combined computational and experimental investigations of Mg alloys under controlled stress states.HCP metals, crystal plasticity, voids, damage, strain rate, experiments, modellingStrong interest and a good understanding of solid mechanics, computational mechanics and programming. Prior experience with finite element analysis is desirable. Student should also be willing to perform basic mechanical testing, as deemed necessary.1
10A/Prof LEE Poh Seng ( Efficient Hybrid Cooling for Green Data CentreOperating data centres under the hot & humid tropical climate is very energy intensive. As such, there is a need to develop new capabilities to increasing energy efficiency of data centres. This project will develop A Highly Efficient Hybrid Cooling System for High Ambient Temperature Data Centre. The specific objectives of this work are: (1) Improved temperature uniformity and reduced fan power via novel rack design; (2) Enhanced rack-level air cooling via novel high efficiency finned oblique tube heat exchangers; (3) Mitigation of hot spots in server by high performance microchannel cold plate; (4) Enabling high ambient temperature operations via highly efficient hybrid cooling system.Electronics cooling, thermal management, data centre, high ambient temperature, hybrid cooling, cold plate, rack design, energy efficiencyHeat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, thermal engineering, energy2
11A/Prof. LU Wen Feng ( and Dr. Stefanie FEIH (SIMTech)Design and Optimization of Metallic Structures for Additive ManufacturingThe project will focus on developing design and process simulation tools for metallic AM resulting in minimal distortion and variation in properties. The objective is to establish virtual design methodology with simulation aimed specifically at additive manufacture of the metallic structures.Additive manufacturing; Distortion; Virtual design; OptimizationStrong background in structural finite element analysis and software systems;
Understanding of metallic microstructures;
Interest in undertaking topology and/or parametric optimization
12Dr. Sergei MANZHOS ( and A/Prof. Palani BALAYAComputational modeling and design electrodes for organic lithium and sodium ion batteriesThe project involves computational modeling and design of organic electrode materials for Li and Na ion batteries. The performance (voltage, capacity, charge-discharge rate) of real battery electrode materials will be rationalized and materials providing the best performance will be identified by atomistic modelling. The project will be performed in collaboration with an experimental lab where modeling results will be tested.electrochemical batteries, computer modeling, energy, organic batteriesExperience and affinity with modeling software and methods are desired. Good math and programming skills and basic knowledge of batteries are assets1
13Dr. Sergei MANZHOS ( Computational modeling and design of vanadium oxide based electrodes for post-lithium batteriesThe project involves computational modeling and design of oxide based electrodes for post-lithium batteries, including sodium, magnesium, and alumni ion batteries. The performance (voltage, capacity, charge-discharge rate) of real battery electrode materials will be rationalized and materials and morphologies providing the best performance will be identified by atomistic modelling. The project will be performed in collaboration with an experimental lab where modeling results will be tested.electrochemical batteries, computer modeling, energy, post-lithium batteries.Experience and affinity with modeling software and methods are desired. Good math and programming skills and basic knowledge of batteries are assets1
14A/Prof. ONG Chong Jin ( control for multi-agent systemThe study of decentralized control system is useful for many applications including the control of multiple unmanned air vehicle (UAV), consensus control, distributed systems sharing a common resource constraint and multiple processing of large amount of data from social media, applications of data analytics. A common feature among these application is to a common objective using the computing power available in a multi-agent setting. Typically, the agents are connected in the form of a network and each agent can exchange information with its neighbors. Ensuring efficient computations, stability of the overall systems, error propagations and others are properties of interest. Several projects can be accommodated under thisThe project requests students interested in computational methods, algorithms and control theories. Hence, they can be graduates from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science or Computing Engineering1
15A/Prof ONG Soh Khim ( and Prof Andrew NEE Yeh ChingA Computer-Aided Design Platform Assisted by Augmented Reality and the Internet of ThingsThis project aims to initiate a paradigm shift in the way computer-aided design (CAD) is carried out using Augmented Reality (AR) and Industrie 4.0 technologies. There are two research goals. First is to enhance interaction and visualization to make CAD software extremely user-friendly. Second is to integrate with data from an Industrial Internet of Things environment to improve the sustainability and reliability of product designs.Augmented reality, CAD, Industrie 4.0CAD, product design simulation1
16A/Prof Ong Soh Khim ( and Prof Andrew Nee Yeh ChingAdaptive Smart Manufacturing Shopfloor EnvironmentThis project aims to develop an adaptive smart manufacturing environment with man-machine interfaces in a smart manufacturing shopfloor. Sensor fusion, big data and machine learning algorithms will be used to create a learning platform that derives meaningful information about shopfloor workers based on data from a sensor network. Man-machine interfaces will also be developed that will adapt their behavior according to what the learning platform learns about each worker.Industrie 4.0, man-machine interaction, sensor fusion, big data, machine learningmanufacturing, sensors, programming1
17Dr. Sung-Yong PARK ( Microfluidic-driven solar indoor lighting systems for sustainable buildingsWe develop microfluidic-driven solar beam steering systems that make full use of rooftop solar energy for interior lighting. Key features of our technology include (1) reducing electricity demand of buildings, (2) making human beings heathier and more productive for their indoor activities under natural sunlight illumination, (3) providing constant illumination via microfluidic-based precise sunlight manipulation regardless of outside weather, and (4) using excess sunlight for other indoor solar energy, building energy, microfluidics, electrowettingsolar energy, microfluidics, and micro/nano-fabrication1
18Prof. Seeram RAMAKRISHNA ( as superior electrocatalysts for water splittingNanomaterials with controlled structures by electrospinning will be demonstrated superior binfunctional electrocatalysts for HER and OER in water splitting.Nanometerials, Electrospinning, Nanofibers, Hydrogen evolution reaction, Oxygen evolution reactionCandidates with background in electrochemistry, nanomaterials synthesis or electrocatalysis are expected. Candidates who have or are pursuing a master's degree are preferred.1
19Prof. Seeram RAMAKRISHNA ( for light-emitting diodes in wearable electronicsNanomaterials with controlled structures will be demonstrated superior performance in OLED wearable electronics.Nanometerials, Electrospinning, Nanofibers, OLED, Wearable electronicsCandidates with background in nanomaterials synthesis are expected. Candidates who have or are pursuing a master's degree are preferred.1
20Prof. SHIM Phyau Wui, Victor ( and Dr Duong Hai-MinhDynamic and Impact Response of Crosslinked-AerogelsCrosslinked aerogels of different compositions and densities, will be synthesized and subjected to low and high strain rate loading, in order to investigate their mechanical and failure responses. The deformation mechanisms and the influence of density, material type and deformation rate will be investigated. Results from these tests and microstructural examination/characterization will be utilised to formulate constitutive/failure models for incorporation into computational (finite element) simulation codesApplied Mechanics / Mechanics of Materials / Impact Mechanics / Dynamic Material BehaviourApplied Mechanics / Mechanics of Materials / Impact Mechanics / Dynamic Material Behaviour1
21Dr. Danielle TAN ( and Prof. Nhan Phan-ThienAffecting SegregationThe main aim of this project is to study how external factors, which would be under the control of the interested parties such as the food or pharmaceutical industry, affect segregation – the phenomenon whereby granular mixtures tend to separate out according to differences such as size or density. This project is intended primarily to be either entirely numerical or entirely experimental.Granular media, solid mechanics, numerical simulations, experimentsMechanical/Civil Engineering, with good grounding in solid mechanics and numerical methods, experience with programming1
22Dr. Danielle TAN ( and Prof. Nhan Phan-ThienParticle-based Modelling of Complex Shapes and StructuresThis project is primarily numerical. The aim is to investigate how complex shapes and structures can be modelled effectively, balancing computational cost with realistic representations and the level of accuracy in results.Granular media, computational mechanics, numerical simulationsMechanical/Civil Engineering, with good grounding in solid mechanics and numerical methods, experience with programming1
23A/Prof. Vincent TAN ( Modeling of MaterialsThe objective of this proposed research is to combine both atomistic simulations and continuum mechanics. In the analysis of many structures, it is necessary to represent material as a collection of atoms only in regions where there is very large deformation (e.g., in regions where concentrated load is applied or where damage occurs) while the rest of the structure can be treated as a continuum. The proposed research will develop a computational method to simultaneously model part of a structure using atomistic simulations and another part using continuum simulations.1
24Dr. WANG Hao ( and KUMAR, A SenthilThermally enhanced ultraprecision diamond turning of brittle materialsThis project aims to develop novel diamond cutting tools and the thermally enhanced diamond turning process for ultraprecision machining of brittle materials. Hybrid heat sources will be integrated into the material removal process. The theoretical problems of ductile-brittle transition, surface integrity, subsurface damage, etc. will be addressed to elucidate the mechanism of brittle material microcutting under different machining conditions through a systematic experimental study and the advanced modelling and simulation. Ultraprecision machining, brittle material microcutting, modelling and simulation, process developmentThe candidates are expected to have sound knowledge of ultraprecision machining technology, design of experiments, tool design, and solid mechanics. Experience in development of material constitutive models, crystal plasticity finite element method, and/or molecular dynamics simulation is highly desired. 1
25Dr. YANG Wenming ( Fundamental study on the combustion and emissions formation in a dual fuel engineAn innovative low temperature combustion dual fuel engine is being developed by us. The candidate is expecting to conduct a fundamental study on the combustion process and emissions formation in the engine. Detailed chemical reaction mechanism will be developed and integrated into our existing engine numerical simulation platform to accurately mimic the combustion process. The major factors affecting the performance and emissions formation of the engine will be disclosedDual fuel engine, combustion, emissions formationThe student should have a solid knowledge on mechanical engineering, especially on IC engines1
26A/Prof. ZENG Kaiyang ( pyroelectric nanocomposite for holistic solar heat gain and energy storageThis project is to use SPM based techniques to characterize the pyroelectric, piezo/ferro-electric properties of PVDF-based nanocomposite. The light- and temperature induced properties changes will be studied. The ultimate goal is to understand the mechanisms of such properties and the way to improve the properties.PVDF materials, pyroelectric, piezoelectric, SPM techniquesMaterials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Solid Mechanics or Engineering Mechanics1
27A/Prof. ZENG Kaiyang ( of ceramic materials fabricated in 3D printing techniquesThis project is to characterize mechanical properties and 3D printing fabricated ceramic materials as well as other functional properties of those materials. The student will work in a collaborative team and work closely with the other members who manufacturing the materials.3D printing, ceramic materials; mechanical propertiesMaterials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Solid Mechanics or Engineering Mechanics1
28A/Prof ZHANG Yunfeng ( enabled autonomous inspection in GPS-denied environmentThis project aims to solve inspection problems by automating a micro unmanned aerial vehicle (MAV) platform equipped with smart sensors in a GPS-denied environment, which is also inaccessible to human beings, e.g. deep tunnels. The MAV will be equipped with a new generation sensor set and programmed for conducting autonomous navigation, obstacle avoidance, and high-resolution image capturing. The focus of the project is on the development of intelligent algorithms for (1) GPS-less navigation, (2) obstacle avoidance, and (3) image analytics.UAV, SLAM, navigation, image processingThe candidates are expected to have relevant knowledge on robotics and signal/image processing1
29A/Prof. ZHOU Guangya ( and A/Prof. Chau Fook SiongMiniaturized smart imaging systemsThis project aims to develop smart imaging/sensing systems that can capture not only intensity distributions but also spectral information of targets within its field of view for surveillance, reconnaissance, and target/background discrimination. It is miniaturized with small payload that allows onboard of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for a range of applications including defence and environmental monitoring. We envision that such a goal might be achieved through a fusion of three modern technologies, namely multiplexing sensing, imaging technology, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).Micro and nano technology; Precision engineering; SensorsAny background from mechanical, electrical, and optical engineering1