School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering



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The Mechanical Engineering Consultancy Service provides engineering consulting solutions and contract research services to industry and the broader community.

The service is a part of the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Western Australia, providing diverse expertise at the leading edge of engineering technology.

Services in these areas are offered locally, nationally and internationally.

Consulting process

  • Once a client makes contact their requirements or particular problem is explored in detail to determine the methodology for the consultancy requested and if required at this time any confidentiality agreements are signed.
  • This is then assessed by our consultants and the possible scenarios to achieve the expected outcomes are discussed with the client.
  • Once this is agreed with the client and expert consultants, the consultancy is fully costed and a contract proposal issued to the client for their approval.
  • The consultancy is then executed and the formal results are reported back to the client.

Areas of expertise

Computational fluid mechanic

  • viscoelastic fluids in industrial processes
  • pipeline flow analysis
  • laser doppler velocimetry
  • biorheology
  • numerical analysis of molten plastics in polymer processing equipment.

Fracture mechanics

  • damage tolerant design
  • advanced materials: ceramics and composites
  • fatigue testing and modelling
  • dental composites
  • layered composites and thin films.

Industrial and professional engineering

  • industrial engineering
  • project management and planning
  • professional capabilities studies
  • landmine clearance methods
  • technology transfer.

Robotics and automation

  • robotic surgery
  • research and development of robotic systems
  • remote monitoring and control
  • web based communications.


  • convection flows in pipelines
  • refrigeration
  • alternative energy
  • cryogenics
  • energy systems
  • hydrogen engines, fuel cells.


  • materials modelling, development and testing
  • shape memory alloys
  • polymer, ceramics and composites
  • Metals and alloys
  • ultrafine and nano powders
  • corrosion and corrosion prevention
  • minerals processing
  • mechanochemical processing
  • magnetic materials
  • mechanical alloying
  • geopolymers.

Noise and vibration

  • active noise and vibration control
  • machine condition monitoring
  • wave propagation in complex vibro-acoustical systems
  • room and musical acoustics
  • fatigue life prediction
  • active stabilisation of ships
  • vibration in production processes.

Three dimensional imaging and analysis

  • development of laser sensors
  • development and application of 3D microscopy
  • bioengineering
  • expert systems and image analysis
  • surface and particle analysis.


  • assessment of lubricants
  • wear testing of materials
  • surface coating characterization and testing
  • erosion
  • machine condition monitoring
  • biological tribology
  • bio-lubricants and solvents
  • image and signal analysis
  • metrology.

Impact biomechanics

  • biomechanics of accidental injury, such as those that occur in traffic accidents
  • safety performance of cars in terms of pedestrian protection in car- pedestrian accidents.

Mechanical design

  • design innovation 
  • microelectronics including circuit design and construction
  • instrumentation/data recording
  • electromechanical devices such as electric latches, timed operations, assembly line or part feeding, interface or control panel design and ergonomics
  • furniture design, especially new mechanisms
  • design for manufacture, such as reducing the cost.

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Monday, 14 April, 2014 9:55 AM