School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE)


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​Prof Alessandro Romagnoli​Design and analysis of heat exchanger regenerator
(There will be Pre-Selection Interview by Supervisor)
​​  ​As part of the project, it is intended to test and validate the design and analysis of low-medium temperature phase change materials heat exchanger. The project requires to conduct experiments in NTU at the TESClab in which the design done at IIT Delhi will be further validated and optimized. The contact in IIT Delhi is Prof. Dibakar Rakshit,
Assoc Prof Cai Yiyu​Tactile Suite Design

​This project is interested to design an innovative suite simulating the water effect interacting with a swimmer  wearing the suite. Vibration sensors will be used and integrated within the suite through possible master-slave  solutions. Water splashing and wave effects will be simulated with the suite. Intergated software and hardware  development will be conducted via Application Programing Interface. The project student is expected to have a  strong interest, and good experience in the relevant field (mechantronics, sensors, or robots). Solid programming skill will be a bonus. This project is interested to design an innovative suite simulating the water effect interacting with a swimmer  wearing the suite. Vibration sensors will be used and integrated within the suite through possible master-slave  solutions. Water splashing and wave effects will be simulated with the suite. Intergated software and hardware  development will be conducted via Application Programing Interface. The project student is expected to have a  stromg interest, and good experience in the relevant field (mechantronics, sensors, or robots). Solid programming skill will be a bonus.

Assoc Prof Chou Siaw Meng ​​Pie Crusting of Tendons and Ligaments
(This project is not available for Batch 2 intake)
​Area of research: Biomechanics
Objective: The objective of this project is to understand how ligament/tendon biomechanical property changes with pie crusting.
Scope: The scope of this project includes one of the following:
1. To understand how ligament and tendon’s biology changes with pie crusting and to derive a mathematical model to determine how pie crusting affects the length (L), stress-strain curve, and load to failure of a given ligament/tendon.
2. To study the relationship between the number of stabs (n), distance between stabs (w), transverse distance between stabs (s), the length of each stab (d) and the alteration of biomechanical properties of the ligament/tendon.
3. To validate the mathematical model with biomechanical studies in the lab with standardized animal ligament/tendons.
Duration: up to 6 months
Assoc Prof Chou Siaw Meng Determination of shoulder global range of motion
(This project is not available for Batch 2 intake)

​Area of research: Biomechanics
Objective:  To determine the global range of the shoulder motion in three-dimension.
Scope: This project seeks to propose a cost effective and user friendly method of measuring shoulder range of motion for clinical purposes. Existing measuring equipment are complicated, expensive and not applicable for clinical practice. A motion capture system will be utilized to capture the three dimensional data. The data collected will be used to generate a two dimensional map to serve as a tool to compare shoulder joint functionality between the normal population and patients (before and after treatment).

Duration: up to 6 months

Assoc Prof Domenico Campolo
Robot-Mediated Human-Human Interaction
​The last decades have seen a surge of robots working in contact with humans. However, until now these contact robots have made little use of the opportunities offered by physical interaction and lack a systematic methodology to produce versatile behaviours.
We are currently working on interactive robot controllers able to understand the control strategy of the human user and react optimally to their movements. 

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The work will also be developed in collaboration with ArtiCares Pte Ltd, an NTU start-up focused on rehabilitation and assistive robotics.

Duration: up to 6 months
Asst Prof Hortense Le FerrandOrientation and aggregation of anisotropic microparticles under magnetic fields

​Biocomposites often display outstanding properties (mechanical, optical, functional) that result from their internal microstructures. Using synthetic chemistry, however, allows exploring a wider range of properties and functions. In particular, ferromagnetic anisotropic particles distributed in a polymer could be a means for magnetically-triggered morphing composites with superior mechanics and electrical conductivity. To this aim, one should first understand how to build hierarchical microstructures with such elements. In this project, the student will study how ferromagnetic microparticles suspended in a viscous matrix respond to magnetic fields in terms of orientation and distribution. The tools will be optical microscope, rheometer, and magnetic fields.

A/P Du HejunFabrication and characterization of ZnO thin film sensor for hard disk drives application​As the recording density of hard-disk drives continuously increases, the spacing between the slider and the disk decreases quickly. If the spacing reaches 2-3nm or less, the contact between slider and disk can not be avoided completely. So in this project, ZnO thin film based sensor will be designed, fabricated and used to detect the contact between slider and disk in order to reduce the damage of head disk interface caused by contact. The main work includes:
 1) Deposition, optimization and characterization of ZnO thin film
 2) Design, fabrication and characterization of ZnO thin film based sensor.
Asst Prof Matteo SeitaInferring process-structure-property relationships of additively manufactured metals using artificial intelligence.

(This project is not available for Batch 2 intake)
Artificial intelligence (AI) offers the opportunity to analyze complex materials produced by involved manufacturing technologies and rapidly identify the relationships between processing, material’s microstructure, and material’s properties. In this project, the student will work with a team of computer scientists and materials scientists to devise AI strategies and study advanced superalloys produced using different additive manufacturing techniques, including selective laser melting, directed energy deposition, and binder jetting.

Project Duration: 6 months
​Asst Prof Matteo SeitaDirectional reflectance microscopy of crystalline solids

(This project is not available for Batch 2 intake)
​​ ​Directional reflectance microscopy (DRM) is a new optical technique that enables assessing crystallographic orientation information from the surface of crystalline solids with unmatched throughput. As such, DRM is well poised to becoming the new standard for microstructure characterization of large-scale industrial components.The student will work with a team of researchers on different aspects of DRM, including the characterization of new materials, the design and use of DRM machinery, the development of suitable surface preparation techniques, etc.  

Project Duration: 6 months
Asst Prof Matteo Seita In-line monitoring of selective laser melting processes

(This project is not available for Batch 2 intake)
​​​ We have developed a new in-line monitoring technique for selective laser melting (SLM) processes to improve the quality and reliability of the materials fabricated. Our technique relies on the integration of a document scanner into a 3D printer! The student will work with a team of researchers to analyse the acquired measurements, identify the relationships between process variables and part quality, devise strategies to correct for process variability on the fly, and optimize the in-line measurement technique.

Project Duration: 6 months
​​Asst Prof Matteo Seita
Microstructure control during selective laser melting of metals

(This project is not available for Batch 2 intake)
​Selective laser melting (SLM) is an additive manufacturing technology that enables tailoring the microstructure and properties of metals and metal alloys to a high level of detail. By changing the process parameters during SLM, we show that we can tune the crystallographic texture of metals and combine dissimilar microstructures to improve the peroperties of solids.The student will work with a team of researchers on different aspects of this paradigm, including characterizing the produced solids, testing their properties, and devising novel microstructure designs for materials improved performance. 

Project Duration: 6 months
Asst. Professor Mir Feroskhan
Propeller thrust analysis of a fault tolerant UAV for different angles of attack and damage induced.
​Area of research: UAV’s, mechatronics.

Methodology: Testing in wind tunnel- Propeller thrust generation with different angles of attack (-90° to +90° in pitch and roll axes) and damage to understand the dynamics of a tilting propeller. Controlling the servo motors using Arduino to achieve the required propeller orientation. Special skills needed: background in C/C++ programming. Experience with Arduino is preferred.

Duration: 2 months
Asst Prof Li HongConversion of Carbon Dioxide to Energy Sources Catalyzed by Graphene-Like Materials

Area of research: electrochemical engineering, renewable energy.

Project description: Global energy consumption increases by 15% every decade while petroleum supply is declining gradually. Traditional energy source alternative to petroleum such as coal worsens the climate change by emitting more greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gas emission consists of mainly carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane emission, where CO2 contributes to more than 55%.  Greenhouse gas emission results in global warming that causes about 300,000 casualties every year. Global temperature would increase by 4 oC with current greenhouse gas emission trend, which could cause sea level rise about 10 meters. This would result in millions of people living in coastal area homeless. Carbon dioxide can be converted to energy carriers like carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons via electrochemical reactions; reducing the greenhouse gas emission and meanwhile producing useful energy sources. Graphene-like two-dimensional materials have great potential to act as superior catalysts for these reactions because their atomic thickness exposes most of their atoms to the environment, which could result in extraordinary chemical activity. In this proposed research, two-dimensional catalysts for conversion of CO2 to useful energy source will be investigated. Students, who would like to gain experimental experience in the areas of two-dimensional nanomaterials for environmental applications, are welcomed to apply.

Methodology: Student is expected to participate in every steps of the entire project including design of catalyst, synthesis of catalyst, fabrication of testing bed, and characterization of the catalyst. Only experimental work will be involved in the project.

Duration: Six-month internship is preferred.

Preferred background: material science and engineering, chemical Engineering, electrical engineering or related engineering disciplines. It is advantageous to have knowledge of electrochemistry, physical chemistry, semiconducting, nanomaterial synthesis and characterization.

Asst Prof Li King Ho HoldenDevelopment of RF Communication System for Nanosatellite
Small scale satellite has been received much attention from both industrial and academia since its development in 1999. The small physical size and standardized cubic structure of the CubeSat reduce the design complexity, development cost, lead time and launch cost. Our team is currently developing a CubeSat platform and ground-based sensor terminals for space-based Internet-of-Things applications. The student will work closely with a research team on development and testing of the RF communication module for ground-based sensor terminals. The student is expected to have good understanding in RF communications, data communication protocol and programming.

Duration: 6 months

Dr Chow Chee Lap of Temasek Laboratories will be the co-supervisor.
Assoc Prof Huang Wei MinShape memory polymer/alloy composite for enhanced stiffness ​Shape memory alloy and shape memory polymer are two typical shape memory materials with great potential in many applications. One of the most popular stimuli to activate shape memory is heat. Both shape memory alloy and polymer change stiffness upon thermal cycling, but in an opposite way. While shape memory alloy becomes harder upon heating, shape memory polymer becomes softer upon heating. The problem in many real engineering applications is that in the soft state, the material might be not stiff enough even to support its self-weight.

This project aims to experimentally investigate a simple solution by means of combining shape memory alloy and polymer together, so that the resulted composite is always able to, at least, support itself to avoid collapsing during operation upon thermal cycling.

This project is under smart materials and is mainly experimental investigation.

The duration of this project is up to 6 months.

Good hands-on skill is required, and interest to explore new ideas is a big plus.

Assoc Prof Rajesh Piplani​Data Analytics for Production Scheduling
​Using data on machine utilization, queue lengths and time-in-system, develp algorithms that model the relation -ship between system parameters and system performance measures, suh as throughtput rate. The data will be either collected from a real system, or generated using a simulation model. The student should be proficient in computing, and be either familiar with or willing to learn python and

Duration :5-6 months
Assoc Prof Rajesh Piplani
Analysing risk in global supply chains
​Develop optimization model of a global supply chain, and analyse the supply chain for various scenarios of disruption. Model output would be prescriptive contingency plans that minimize the impact of disruption on the firm’s chosen performance measure (such as lost demand).  The project will require application of linear programming. The student should be familiar with LP and be willing to learn modeling software.

Duration :6 months

Assoc Prof Xie MingDevelopment of Vision System Using Robotics Operating Systems ​The aim of the small project is to learn how to use ROS (robotics operating systems) to implement a vision system with graphical user interface and a set of functions for image processing and vision computing. ​
Assoc Prof Xie MingDevelopment of Simulation System Using Robotics Operating Systems ​The aim of the small project is to learn how to use ROS (robotics operating systems) to implement a simulation system with graphical user interface and a set of models of industrial robots, mobile robots and intelligent vehicles.​
Assoc Prof Xie MingDevelopment of Speech System Using Robotics Operating Systems ​The aim of the small project is to learn how to use ROS (robotics operating systems) to implement a speech system with graphical user interface and a set of functions for speech recognition and voice activated control of robot systems or intelligent machines.
Assoc Prof Yeo Joon HockConceptual and development design of a reconstructed heart valve for pediatric surgery​​
​This project is in collaboration with pediatric heart surgeon from KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital to address problem relating to heart valve and conduit  reconstruction to replace the pulmonary conduit with a valve. 
From design concept, computer aided design (CAD ) will be applied . Following, Finite Element Method ( FEM ) will investigate stresses on the designed geometry of the valve. 3D printing will be used to produce a Mold and animal tissue or sysnthetic material  will be used for reconstruction of the valved conduit with the aid of the Mold. The reconstructed  valved conduit will be testing in-vitro to verify the design.​
Assoc Prof Murukeshan Vadakke Matham
High resolution ( Micro and nanoscale) probe metrology for fluidic and optofluidic channels

This project focuses on the R & D of high resolution metrology probes for imaging and measurement of fluidic and microfluidic channels. The project briefly overviews the current state of the art reported works in this challenging area which has lab-on a chip and biomedical applications. Project will be exploiting the properties of certain specialty optical fibers such a image fiber for obtaining achievable high spatial and axial resolution in the micro and sub- micro scale. The attached student expected To participate in configuring the prototype fabrication of the probe as well as in the experimentation. Micro and nanoscale particles (fluorescent and non-fluorescing) will be the target samples inside the mcirofluidic channel. Measurement and contouring of microchannels as well as detected particles will be carried out as part of the project

Asst Prof Moon Seung Ki Product archaeology for identifying an impact in society evolution of a product has had an enormous impact on society in terms of life, culture, environments, and
advancing modern technologies. To investigate the impact on society, we discuss the invention and evolution
of the product related to Global, Economic, Environmental, and Societal issues.
Assoc Prof Huang Wei MinRubber-like Shape Memory Hybrid for Comfort Fitting ​This project aims to develop a new shape memory material for comfort fitting, such as shoes and insoles. This shape memory material should have a couple of unique features, which cannot be spotted in conventional shape memory polymers either individually or in a combined manner, namely highly elastic (as silicone rubber) at around body temperature, and fixing of the temporary at around body temperarure.
Assoc Prof Huang Wei MinSelf-Healing in a Novel Electrically Conductive Shape Memory Polymeric Composite This project aims to devlope a novel electrical conductive shape memory polymeric composite, which can be activated for shape recovery via joule heating, while the built-in conductive network can be repaired easily for cyclic operation. The scope of this project includes two parts, fabrication of the polymeric composite, and characterization of its performance, namely the shape memory effect and healing effect of the conductive network for joule heating.
Ast/P Li King Ho HoldenRF Communication Design for CubeSat ​In this project, a Cube Satellite (CubeSat) will be developed and launch into orbit for experimental study of cosmic effect on timing device. The CubeSat will continuously transmit useful information to ground station throughout its flight mission. The candidate will help in the design and development of the UHF transceiver module for data communication between the CubeSat and ground station. The candidate is expected to have strong understanding on RF communications system principles, especially Satellite communication.
Prof Lye Sun WohIntern for Human Computer Interaction (HCI) applications programmer in the field of Air Traffic Control (ATC)​Intern will be playing a key role in developing key applications for HCI in ATC. This is achieved by implementing the computation of monitoring behaviour from the captured eye tracking data, in the already available real time post-processing tool (Java) Intern will also be able to perform trial tests to test the feasibility of the improved system in ATC.
Assoc Prof Lee Yong TsuiAccurate Measurement of Objects in a Single Photograph

​We have developed the technology for recreating 3D models from line drawings. For accurate drawings, the reconstructed model is accurate, and therefore can be used for making measurements from the model. We now wish to apply this technology to photographs, which capture images accurately, though usually with some distortions due to lens imperfection. Work is needed in finding the relevant edges in a photograph for the object and then recover the 3D model. While edge finding from raster images is well understood, accurate edge finding remains a difficult problem as occlusion and artefacts like shadows and textures in images pose difficutlies.

Duration : 6 months - 1 year, but could be longer.

Assoc Prof Lin RongmingModelling and Identification of Nonlinear Dynamic Characteristics of Aerospace Structural System

​To develop analytical modeling and experimental identification methodologies for nonlinear aerospace Structural systems.

Duration : 6 months

Assoc Prof Lin RongmingFractional Vibration Modelling and Its Applications to Structural Dynamics Design

​Fractional derivatives have recently been found to be effective in improving vibration modeling and this project seeks to develop a theoretical framework for modeling, analysis and identification of fractional vibration system.

Duration : 6 months

Assoc Prof Lin RongmingTheory and Applications of High Order Frequency Response Functions

​Higher frequency response functions have been dubbed as the future enabling nonlinear vibration analysis  tools for continued improved nonlinear structural system designs. This project seeks to systematically develop the theoretical foundations for higher order frequency response functions. Experimental techniques will also be developed to measure accurately these higher order frequency response functions of nonlinear structures.

Duration : 6 months

​Assoc Prof A. I SivakumarApplication of learning algorithm for dynamic scheduling of single machine

​Study single machine scheduling methods; understand the nature of N-P hard optimization problem Studey dynamic scheduling methodologies Develop simple scheduling algorithim for multiple dissimilar jobs on a single machine Review how to apply a simple concept of learning algorithm to dynalic scheduling Apply discrete event simulation to validate results.

Duration : 3 months

Assoc Prof Xiao ZhongminElastic-plastic Fracture and Fatigue study for New Alloys Made by Additive Manufacturing (AM) Methods

​Typically, it is not possible to simultaneously enhance strength and toughness of engineering alloys, except via microstructural engineering. In the proposed project, 3-dimensional fracture mechanics and fatigue analysis will be conducted to investigate the possible failure modes, and more importantly, the possible methods to prevent such failure occurring for advanced metal alloys made byadditive manufacturing (AM) methods. It is widely recognized that the existing fracture assessment procedures which are based on load-controlled method, are not explicitly designed for situations with large plastic deformation, making the fatigue life prediction of new metal materials unreliable.  In this proposal, extensive parametric studies will be carried out to investigate the influences of various parameters, such as meso structures, grain size, alloy contents, etc. on the strength and toughness of new-made alloy materials.

Duration: 4 years (for PhD study).

Assoc Prof Shu Dong Wei
FEM investigation of Split Hopkinsin Pressure Bar

​Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar requires high precision of the specimen, precise alignment of the bars, and strain gage positioning. This project investigate such influence with the help of ANASYS/LSDYNA licensed in the CAD laboratory in the school of MAE of NTU. The project students will interact with a group of
Students comprising NTU undergraduate students and PhD students.

Duration : 2 to 6 months

Assoc Prof Shu Jian-JunRiemann zeta function

​The Riemann zeta function is central to number theory and also plays an important role in physics and engineering.  The scope of this project is to investigate some important properties and applications of the Riemann zeta function, and to write a project report.

Duration: 6 months

​​Assoc Prof Shu Jian-JunQuantum entropy

​The concept of entropy plays a central role in classical information theory.  The scope of this project is to develop an entropic measure of quantum information, and to write a project report.

Duration: 6 months

Prof Yeong Wai Yee
Microfiber films: formation, properties and applicaitons

​This project aims to understand a new class of materials – microfiber films. The outcome of the investigation should explain the differences between microfiber films and conventional films and suggest potential applications. Applicants with background in modeling & simulation, optical engineering, acoustic engineering, mechatronics, mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering are welcome to apply. 

Duration: 2 months

Assoc Prof Zhou Wei​Laser Cleaning using High-Power Pulsed Fibre Laser

​Surface cleaning is essential for industries, as many operations such as welding, non-destructive inspection, re-painting and remanufacturing can only be carried out on well-cleaned surfaces. Conventional surface cleaning techniques such as abrasive blasting and chemical cleaning have problems of severe health hazards, environmental pollution, and long process time. Laser cleaning can provide a much better alternative solution. The research approach is similar to that adopted in the paper entitled “Laser Polishing of Additive Manufactured Ti Alloys” :

Duration : 5 months or longer

Assoc Prof Zhou WeiLaser Welding of Dissimilar Materials

​Welding of dissimilar materials is very challenging but it is very important for development of new technologies. The project aims to tackle the problem using advanaced pulsed lasers. Possible approach is shown in a Technology Offer by NTU, which is entitled “Fully Automated Precision Micro-Welding with Pulsed Lasers”

Duration : 5 months or longer

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