Graduate Curriculum

PSTECHPOSTECH - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Outline of Curriculum

Mechanical engineering is the crucial study of the industrial technology world ranging from material development and production, manufacturing process technology development, system design and energy related technology, based on their basic dynamics.
Mechanical engineering plays a crucial role in developing the industrial world in areas such as intelligent robots, bio systems, vehicles, airplanes, ships and household products. We are making efforts to meet the needs of the industry, to develop the theory of scientific technology, and to develop industrial applied technology. In that sense, the mechanical engineering has the following four research areas according to the changing research objectives and global trends:

1. Bio Medical Engineering
2. Intelligent Robot
3. Energy/ Thermal Fluid Engineering
4. Design, Manufacturing
Specifically, we implement deeper education and research on the following 12 areas:

Micromechanics & Nanotechnology
MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) are the new mechanical engineering area formed by the combination between mechanical engineering and semiconductor process technology. MEMS is the area in which micro sensors and actuators are made by silicon as a basic material to research the general mechanical phenomenon including heat, fluid, vibration, control, material, and fatigue failure in the micro world.
Manufacturing and Materials Processing
Manufacturing and Materials Processing is in charge of research to establish scientific explanations/designs/manufacturing technology using all kinds of production process technology. The production process deals with the research on the forming process and the cutting process of the high-tech materials including metals, plastics, combination materials and powdered materials.
Robotics and Control
Robotics and Control implements the research of robotics with human intelligence and function to develop updated control theories about general machinery, vehicles, precision transfer machines, and robots.
Composite Materials and Smart Structures
Composite Materials and Smart Structures implement research about the dynamics of the composite materials, the new high-tech materials, and the theories and tests of smart structures. Composite material research is used for manufacturing and material properties of composite materials, fatigue failure of polymer composite materials, mechanical behavior research including multi-axial load behavior, and optical buildup sequence design. Smart structure research is used for the active control theory of structures, vibration control tests, variable truss structures and intelligent structures using shape-memory alloys and optical fibers.
Flow Modeling & Computation
Flow Modeling & Computation provide new ideas for design explanations and flow controls of heat-flow related engineering systems, and its physical models and calculation methods. The ongoing research areas include turbulent structure explanations and modeling, flow controls and resistance reduction, material processes in the casting course, revolving flow machines and aerodynamics related vortex flows, combustion and flow structures in the internal combustion engine and steel making process related to flow and heat transfer.
Flow Control & Environmental Thermo-fluids
Flow Control & Environmental Thermo-fluids implement research about the theory and tests related to resistance reduction, energy conservation, and effective flow control methods to reduce noise. The applied research areas include the aero-dynamics of carriers, objects surrounding motion, hydraulics, steel making process thermo-fluids, household product thermal fluids, ships and ocean engineering. In addition, it conducts the study of pollutant generation, diffusion by pollutants, and control of pollutants.
Biomechanical Engineering
The theory and technology that applies to humans is bio-engineering that enables human bioengineering and physiological phenomenon to occur. This area is the technology-intensive high-tech composite engineering that focuses on safety and wellbeing, the final goal of scientific technology by combining medicine and science with modern engineering. It has prospered for the past 30 years. Biomechanical Engineering is widely spread to all modern engineering areas by conducting a study about excellent body functions and applying to the wellbeing.
Design and CAD/CAE deal with designs of all kinds of machinery and structures using computers and with processing process design technology development and application. This technology is the key to the modern mechanical engineering technology that values design optimism and economy.
Mechanics of Materials
Mechanics of Materials conducts research on deformation behavior of materials, fatigue damage and failure when load are applied to industrial materials including: metal materials, composite materials and powdered materials from the perspective of solid mechanics. Mechanics of Materials develops basic technology to explain the stress of the actual parts and structures, vibrations, fatigue life predictions, and safety evaluations.
Combustion and Propulsion Engineering
Combustion and Propulsion Engineering conducts basic research on turbulence flow, fuel spray, premixed and diffused combustion, radiant heat transfer models and internal flow of propulsion units required for designs of combustion facilities. Its research is related to applied development research on gasoline and diesel engines, gas turbines, fluid machinery, burners, and heating furnaces. It also focuses on development and approval of the three-dimensional computation explanation software.
Heat Transfer & Energy Engineering
Heat Transfer & Energy Engineering conducts research to explanation and test heat transfer including two-phase flow heat transfer research, electric heat boosting research, and thermal hydraulic safety research in the nuclear power area. It also concentrates on applied wind and solar energy technology development research as part of the alternative energy engineering and building experts.
Aerodynamics & Aerospace Engineering
Aerodynamics & Aerospace Engineering conducts education and research to explain and design aerospace carriers, aero mechanics, aircraft mechanics, propulsion engineering, and light/ high intensity adaptive structures and composite material mechanics.