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Research Themes and Groups

In close collaboration with the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES), and the Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG) the Department contributes towards fundamental research into a wide range of energy generation technologies. Addressing transport needs, the group investigates the ...

 

Research groups:

 

Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies

 

 

 

 

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Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG)

Prof. C McGregor

 

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Thermodynamics and Fluidmechanics

     

Prof. J van der Spuy      Dr M. Owen           Prof. H.Pretorius      Prof. R. Laubscher

Technologies such as 3D printing, microcomputers and artificial intelligence are opening up new opportunities for engineering in the biomedical field. This group is developing innovative minimally invasive devices to collect healthcare information ...

 

Research group:

 

Institute for Biomedical Engineering

 

Prof. K. Schreve

Activities are divided into fundamental research on materials, behaviour of structures and failure mechanisms and criteria. The materials research focuses on powder metal (mainly titanium and its alloys) processing and products, continuous fibre- ...

 

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Materials Engineering group

Prof. D. Blaine

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Sound and Vibration Research Group

Prof. A. Bekker

​The group’s expertise in optimisation theory and algorithm development, finite element methods (FEM), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), discrete element methods (DEM) and continuum methods is ...

 

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Material Optomazation Design (MOD)

Prof. G. Venter

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Granular Materials Research group (GMRG)

 

Prof. C. Coetzee

 

Diverse mechatronic systems such as reconfigurable manufacturing systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, robots and medical devices are researched. The research includes development design methodologies for such ...

 

Research group:

Mechatronics, Automation and Design

 

Prof. A. Basson     Dr, K. Kruger