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.

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

  • Computational engineering and computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Composite, light weight, stronger, and new materials
  • Optimal design, system design, machines and mechanisms
  • Finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Multi-scale and multi-purpose robotic systems
  • Dynamics, vibration, stability, and control of dynamic systems 

Sustainable energy engineering

  • Solar-thermal
  • Hydrogen
  • Photovoltaic
  • Battery

Automotive engineering

  • Autonomous and self-controlled vehicles
  • Alternative fuels, clean engine, hydrogen power generators
  • Noise vibrations harshness
  • Handling
  • Safety
  • Stability
  • Control

Sports engineering

  • Swim suit
  • Helmet
  • Ski suit and board
  • Sports shoes
  • Ergonomy

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. Our partners include:

  • Airbus
  • Defence Science Institute
  • DefendTex
  • Department of Defence (Australia)
  • Department of Defence (USA)
  • Ford Motor Company Australia
  • General Electric
  • LEAP Australia
  • Thales
  • Australian Motor Industries
  • Holden
  • Toyota Australia
  • Jayco Australia

Highlights of our current research include:

  • Hydrogen power supply
  • Human-machine interface and interaction
  • Autonomous farm robotic systems
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy development
  • Alternative fuel and green engine technology
  • Nonlinear-parametric dynamic systems stability analysis
  • Attitude dynamics control of satellites
  • Safety and road traffic rules reviewing

Research centres and groups

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


Who we are

Mechanical and Automotive Engineering staff

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations 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.

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