Research

Engineering is everywhere, from the buildings we live and work in to the products we use every day.

Engineering is everywhere, from the buildings we live and work in to the products we use every day. Mechanical and Construction Engineering explores a wide range of areas, including research into advanced materials, product development, environment and energy, and many more.

Prospective PhD students: Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD or MSc by research exist in all the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained from The Graduate School.

Visiting scholars: We welcome visiting academics - please contact Professor Khamid Mahkamov

To access research outputs in this area and others, please visit Northumbria Research Link.


Click each research area below to find out more about our work:

Building Information Management

Building Information Management (BIM) is a process involving the structured sharing and coordination of digital information about built assets through their entire lifecycles, from design through procurement and construction and beyond, into operation and management.

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Construction Management and Economics

The group has research interest in the commercial, contractual and managerial issues of the various organisations that contribute to the Built Environment.

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Construction Technology

The group has particular research interests in the technology of construction and its materials.

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Environment & Energy

Over half of all energy use is due to buildings and the majority of carbon emissions can be attributed to their use. Our research interests are focused on the development of improved methods for providing low carbon and renewable energy for heating, air conditioning, power and lighting in buildings.

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Modern Engineering Design & Optimisation

This interdisciplinary research group has research interests in design decision support systems; integrated and multidisciplinary design; reliability driven design; design and optimisation under uncertainties and multiobjective optimisation using metaheuristic methods.

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Product Development & Manufacturing Technology

Product Development and Manufacturing Technology (PDMT) provides state-of-the-art solutions to overcome the challenges of innovative product development of our changing world.

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Renewable & Sustainable Energy Technologies

The aim of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Technologies group is to undertake fundamental and applied research in the areas of existing and new energy technologies powered with renewable energy sources, waste energy and fossil fuels.

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Smart Materials & Soft Matter

This group's interests are mainly around how liquids interact with surfaces and how that interaction can be controlled.

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Virtual Reality & Visualisation

The Virtual Reality and Visualisation Group was established in 2005 to promote the effective use of VR and visualisation technologies throughout all Built Environment disciplines and across teaching, learning, research and enterprise activities.

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Learning and Teaching

Our work is based on educational research across the academic disciplines of architecture, built environment, computing, engineering, geography, information sciences, mathematics, physics and statistics.

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