Department of Mechanical Engineering, Canterbury University
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has around 20 academic staff, 300 undergraduate students and 100 postgraduate (master’s and PhD) students. Approximately 90 students each year graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, which is the principal qualification for graduate mechanical engineers. These qualified engineers work in all sectors of industry – such as dairy, power generation, forestry, mining, manufacturing and processing – and in developing and improving all manner of products. Many graduates go overseas.
Besides teaching, the Department works directly with large and small companies on research and development projects, through undergraduate projects, postgraduate research and direct consulting with the specialist skills and facilities housed here.
The Department has two wind tunnel sections. The open return tunnel is used to test aerodynamics of cyclists. The closed return tunnel generates much higher speeds and is used for other academic and industrial research. Some applications have included analysis of high-speed airflow over buildings, structures and equipment to test and improve design features stability and noise.
Dr Mark Jermy is responsible for research activities involving the wind tunnel. Engineer Graeme Harris is the wind tunnel technician.
This article is based on information current in 2011.
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800