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Department of Engineering Mechanics

Students in Engineering Mechanics are trained to gain strong theoretical background and practical ability. Recently they have received excellent scores in several national and provincial competitions, such as the National Mechanics Competition of Zhou Peiyuan, which is one of the top academic competitions among thousands of students from leading universities including Tsinghua University, USTC, Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University. For example, in the fifth competition of Zhou Peiyuan held in 2004, one student won the first prize (overall second place) and two students won the third prize (overall thirteenth and fourteenth place). In addition, the Southeast University Team, with major members from the program of Engineering Mechanics, won one of the five group prizes. In the sixth competition of Zhou Peiyuan held in 2007, one student won the second prize (overall twelfth place) and twenty-seven students won honorable participants, the highest among all participating universities. In the seventh competition held in 2009, five students won the first prize (overall seventh place, eleventh place, twelfth place, and seventeenth place), five students won the second prize, and twelve students won the third prize. In the first Jiangsu Province Experimental Competition of Mechanics of Material held in 2005, students from our Engineering Mechanics won the first-place group prize. In the first National Invitational Competition in Experimental Mechanics, also named as the first Jiangsu Province Experimental Competition in Fundamental Mechanics, students from Engineering Mechanics won the first-place group prize. In recent years, 45%~50% of their undergraduate students chose to pursue graduate study and all the rest was successfully employed by industrial companies.

The Department of Engineering Mechanics serves the whole university in teaching of fundamental mechanics courses. They have formed a fairly complete system in teaching and training as well as advanced teaching with adapted textbooks. They constructed the Provincial Demonstration Center of Experimental Teaching and a supporting platform for teaching of fundamental mechanics and training of creativity ability. In 2007, they successfully built a Teaching Center in Fundamental Experimental Mechanics serving Jiangsu Province. In 2008, they funded an Innovation Platform in Computational Theory and Method of Mechanics for graduate students.

Their scientific research is mainly based on principles of innovation of fundamental theory, with great potential towards applications. Outstanding achievements have been made in experimental solid mechanics, computational solid and fluid mechanics, engineering mechanics, and structural health monitoring. They have undertaken six national major research projects including major cultivating projects from National Natural Science Foundation of China, 973 subprojects and 863 projects. Other research projects funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Education, and Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province have also been granted. They actively participated in nearly 20 national major scientific and technological projects of engineering notably including the Runyang Yangtze River Bridge and the Su-Tong Yangtze River Bridge. Other scientific and technological achievements include but not limited to several national invention patents, more than 200 academic papers indexed by SCI, EI and ISTP, and about 10 academic monographs.

Main research fields at present:

(1) Experimental methodology of modern mechanics and testing technology

1) Measurement of mechanical behaviors of new materials and their characterization

2) Fine view of the optical measurement technology distortion

3) Mechanical property testing of MEMS materials and structures

4) Monitoring methods of large-scale structure safety and field test

5) Test and back analysis of geotechnical engineering

6) Optical measurement mechanics and image processing technology for civil engineering, water resources, machinery and other non-destructive testing methodology of large structures

(2) Damage mechanics and its application in structural engineering

1) Damage mechanism of engineering materials and their constitutive modeling

2) Simulation and modeling of complex structures

3) Damage characterization of large complex and time-varying structures and simulations of their failure process

4) Health monitoring, damage detection and condition assessment of large-span structures

5) Evaluation and health diagnosis of structural safety

6) Structural reliability and system security

(3) Vibration and dynamic control technology

1) Structural vibration and control

2) Virtual testing technology and instruments

3) Vibration, wave measurement and control technology

4) Hidden structure of large fluctuations in the dynamic inversion method and basis of diagnosis and analysis of bearing

5) Integral imaging based on optical microscopic analysis of the structure of the dynamic characteristics test

6) Biomimetic micro air vehicle-related unsteady dynamics

(4) Analysis of key issues in engineering structures and numerical computation methods

1) Finite element method for inverse and nonlinear problems

2) Strength, stability, and life analysis of large, complex structures

3) Advanced numerical methods for multi-scale computation

4) Coupling analysis of thermal and fluid structure

5) Parallel algorithms and large-scale computing

6) The key mechanical problems in smart materials and structures 

(5)Fluid mechanics and its applications

1) Computational viscous fluid

2) Heat transfer and mechanical conditions of the thermal protection system for hypersonic vehicles

3) Aerothermoelastic analysis of aircrafts

4) Meshless boundary element method and its applications


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