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Research areas carried out in Mechanical Engineering Program at METU NCC are summarized below. More detailed information and latest publications can be found through bio pages of the related faculty members.

Research areas:

Biomechanics

Biomechanics is the study of structure, motion and functions of living entities, or of non-living entities produced by organisms through laws and methods of mechanics. Biomechanics is a broad discipline embodying subfields such as sports biomechanics, musculoskeletal & orthopaedic biomechanics, clinical biomechanics, ergonomics, rehabilitation, gait analysis, and injury biomechanics. METU NCC Mechanical Engineering Program brings together experience and conducts research on sports biomechanics, gait analysis, injury biomechanics, soft tissue modelling, and crashworthiness. Majority of the research projects involve computational modelling and analysis along with experimental work.

Area related faculty members:
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Volkan Esat
Assist. Prof. Dr. Behzat Bahadir Kentel

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Computational Methods and Simulation

Design and improvement of complex engineering applications require an evaluation of desired results for various conditions. Computational methods provide cost-effective solution for aiding experimental development procedures. Expanding existing capabilities of computational methods/models for complex physical systems is crucial for improving their accuracy and reducing their cost. Optimization and parametric studies through numerical simulations aid better designs and improvements on existing applications. Computational method and simulation group at METU NCC focuses on following aspects in fundamental mechanical engineering areas, such as heat transfer, continuum mechanics, dynamical systems:

  1. Development of new engineering models and their representation for simulations
  2. Use of existing models to aid design and improvement of various engineering applications.

Area related faculty members:
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Volkan Esat
Assist. Prof. Dr. Behzat Bahadir Kentel
Assist. Prof. Dr. Onur Taylan
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eray Uzgoren

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Energy Conversion, Management and Storage

Efficient utilization of resources is crucial for all engineering applications and energy is a primary concern. Conversion of a heat source, renewable/non-renewable, into power, its storage and utilization form fundamental research problems in numerous engineering application, in different scales. Component- or system-level designs and analyses help to improve the overall conversion efficiency of the systems. This would help to better utilize the resource in conventional energy systems, and provide better matching between the demand and supply in renewable energy systems as these systems are considered as "one size does not fit all." Energy Conversion, Management and Storage Group at METU NCC focuses on the following aspects in fundamental mechanical engineering areas:

  1. Development of new engineering models at component or system level
  2. Use of existing models to size the systems and to analyze the effects of energy storage systems
  3. Hybridizing existing and emerging energy conversion systems

Area related faculty members:
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Sonmez
Assist. Prof. Dr. Onur Taylan
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eray Uzgoren

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Mechanics and Manufacturing of Advanced Materials and Composites

Advanced materials are contemporary, novel and highly versatile materials that outperform conventional ones with their superior properties. They play a pivotal role in advancing technologies that can help build a sustainable future in all aspects. Along with the use of advanced materials, sustainable manufacturing practices aim to minimize negative environmental impacts, conserve energy and natural resources, and enhance employee, community, and product safety. As an example, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are considered to be one of the superior engineering materials that exhibit exceptional material properties. Carbon nanotubes are embedded in a polymer matrix to form Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Polymer (CNTRP) composites in order to attain lightweight structures with enhanced mechanical properties. At METU NCC Mechanical Engineering Program, researchers aim to contribute to the macro-, micro-, and nano-scale modelling, testing, analysis, and manufacturing of various advanced materials and composites. Findings of the research possess great potential to be employed in automotive, aerospace, and defense industry applications.

Area related faculty members:
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Volkan Esat
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Sonmez

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