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The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture Engineering (FEA) is the leading research Faculty in the country. The Mechanical Engineering Department in FEA has dedicated and talented faculty who fulfill the University's research mission by expanding the bounds of human knowledge in areas related to mechanical engineering. Research at the Department is mainly sponsored by the University Research Board, national Research Council for Scientific Research, and some US government grant, UNDP, Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development, American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air conditioning Engineers, and some private enterprises.

Aerosol Reseach Group

The AUB Aerosol Research Lab is home to an interdisciplinary research group with backgrounds in aerosol dynamics, biochemistry, combustion, instrumentation, and controls. We produce policy-relevant science with thematic focuses on tobacco smoke, urban and indoor air pollution and its sources, and atmospheric aerosol volatility. We collaborate widely with research groups at AUB and around the world on projects involving intersections between aerosol science & technology and public health, atmospheric chemistry, psychology, and biology.

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Associated Lab: Aerosol Reseach Laboratory


CFD Research Group

CFD Research work in the Department is focused on the development of pressure-based algorithms for the solution multi-phase incompressible and compressible flow for laminar and turbulent flow problems using the Finite Volume Method.
Current work include parallelization of our CFD Code for clusters computing, Development of Casting Simulation Code for macro-segregation and porosity prediction, and work on the simulation of combustion as supersonic speed (as in scramjets).

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Email: CFD@AUB
Associated Lab: Computational Fluids Lab


Computer Vision and Robotics Research Group

Computer Vision is computing properties of the three-dimensional world from one or more two-dimensional digital images. Research interest of the faculty at AUB/ME Department involves both basic and applied research in the area of computer vision, including: image feature detection, shape modeling and representation, motion analysis, color vision, object recognition, and medical image analysis.Recent Projects include "3D Object Recognition" and "Vision System for the Blinds".

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Associated Lab: Vision and Robotics Lab (VRL)



Energy Research Group (ERG)

Several members of the ME Department are part of the Energy Research Group at AUB which involves faculty from electrical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, and engineering management. Several projects are ongoing in the area of energy and energy efficiency of thermal systems including commercial and residential heating and cooling systems, solar desiccant cooling/dehumidification systems, thermoelectric generators, and waste-heat recovery via thermoelectricity with stress on rural settings. Energy conversion studies primarily focuses on pollutant formation and control in large-scale diffusion flames such as those found in industrial boilers, and the use of fuels derived from biomass such as grass, wood, or olive pulp for powering diesel engines and transportation alternatives. Other joint research work with ERG includes assessment study of renewable energy technologies implementation and their role in alleviating poverty in the region.

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Associated Lab: Heat and Power Lab and Renewable Energy Lab



Process, Simulations, and Materials Modeling Research Group (ProSiMM-RG)

The work performed by this group may be described as multi-faceted and interdisciplinary. Materials are the backbone of today's industrialized societies. First, they are engineered and selected to serve specific functions. Secondly, they are designed into multitude of forms to serve these functions. Finally, they are manufactured using fabrication processes so that the form finally fits the desired function. This completes the famous fit-form-function trio.

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Associated Labs: Materials Testing & Characterization Lab, CAD/CAE/CAM Lab , Design for Manufacture (DFM), Manufacturing & Materials Processing Shops/Labs, CNC Machining Lab



Thermal Comfort Research Group

Recent work in thermal comfort has addressed an integrated approach to experimentally testing and modeling of a clothed-human body heat and mass transport processes and their interaction with their indoor environment by performing energy balances and using the results to predict human thermal comfort and correlate comfort to building energy consumption. This research program involves original basic research component that enhances the understanding of the role of the microclimate air trapped between the human skin and the clothing during human motion. Applications, however, are wide and would lead to testing of the steady and transient clothed human model for optimizing control strategies of Heating Ventilation, Air-conditioning, and Cooling (HVAC) Systems for energy efficiency and comparison of performance of different HVAC systems during steady and transient operations. We are working towards developing a powerful tool that could be used in making informed design conditions for providing thermal comfort while optimizing fabric designs, heating systems designs and the building energy consumption. The research plan is shown in Chart 1 where the dashed blocks represent the current research work.

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Associated: Heat Transfer and HVAC Lab


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