Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

Mechanical and automotive engineers shape the world in which we live by addressing technological challenges to provide machinery and energy for a better, safer, healthier and more efficient future.

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We are an Australian leader in mechanical and automotive engineering research, with the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2018) rating RMIT at "above world standard" for mechanical engineering.

Research focus

We push the limits of the possible in our research areas by employing design thinking, computational simulation, control systems and multi-scale approaches that range from the nanoscale to complex engineering systems.

Our current research is focused on the following areas.

Mechanical engineering

  • Structural dynamics and computational engineering
  • Composite, light weight, stronger, and new materials
  • Optimal design, system design, machines and mechanisms
  • Finite element analysis (FEA) and Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • Multi-scale and multi-purpose robotic systems
  • Dynamics, vibration, stability, and control of dynamic systems 

Sustainable energy engineering

  • Solar-thermal systems
  • Hydrogen energy systems
  • Photovoltaic systems and new generation of solar cells
  • Sustainable desalination
  • Energy efficiency

Automotive engineering

  • Autonomous and self-controlled vehicles
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI) and ergonomics
  • Alternative fuels, clean engine, hydrogen power generators
  • Noise, vibrations and acoustic
  • Vehicle dynamics and stability 
  • Transport vehicle safety 
  • Application of artificial intelligence in mechanical systems

Sports engineering

  • Swim suit
  • Helmet
  • Ski suit and board
  • Sports shoes
  • Ergonomics in sport engineering

Our impact

We work with a vast range of Australian and global organisations to provide practical, efficient, and economical solutions across civil and defence industries. Some of our major industry partners include:

  • Airbus
  • Defence Science Institute
  • Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA)
  • DefendTex
  • Department of Defence (Australia)
  • Department of Defence (USA)
  • Ford Motor Company Australia
  • General Electric
  • LEAP Australia
  • Thales
  • Australian Motor Industries
  • Honeywell
  • Siemens
  • Toyota Australia
  • Fujikura (Japan)
  • ADEKA Corporation (Japan)
  • Eldor Corporation (Italy)
  • Jayco Australia

Highlights of our current research include:

  • Hydrogen power supply solutions for stationary and mobile applications
  • New methods for bulk hydrogen storage and transport
  • Semiconductor quantum dot solid solar cells
  • Metal halide perovskite solar cells
  • Photocatalytic nanomaterials for water treatment
  • Solar water splitting
  • Sustainable water treatment and desalination
  • Energy  efficiency and waste energy recovery
  • Heat pipe technologies for thermal management solutions
  • Human-machine interface and interaction
  • Autonomous farm robotic systems
  • Alternative fuel and green engine technology
  • Nonlinear-parametric dynamic systems stability analysis
  • Attitude dynamics control of satellites
  • Safety and road traffic rules reviewing
  • Computer aided biomedical research using CFD modelling and 3D printing
  • Innovative design of composite fabrication process
  • Predictive modelling of building ventilation
  • Vehicle and sensors simulation for the Autonomous Combat Warrior (ACW) program

Research centres and groups

Our expertise and facilities contribute to many research organisations across Australia.


  • Renewable energy park
  • Noise and Vibration Laboratory
  • Advanced Manufacturing Precinct
  • Green engines laboratory
  • Flight simulator laboratory
  • Industrial wind tunnel
  • Sustainable hydrogen energy laboratory (SHEL)
  • Advanced thermo-fluid laboratory
  • Composites laboratory
  • Wet chemistry laboratory
  • PV characterisation laboratory
  • Laser spectroscopy laboratory
  • Autonomous Systems laboratory

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer