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Mech Eng final year students help bridge the gap between secondary and tertiary studies

The University of Adelaide final year honours project group, Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Wake Interaction, recently attended the St. Michael’s College careers night as exhibitors in order to help bridge the gap between secondary and tertiary studies.
It was a good opportunity to gain exposure for the project, team members and the University. The group willingly [...]

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Final Year Project Weekly Feature: Super quiet wind turbine blades

Wind turbines are a major part of our response to climate change.  They do, however, create noise and this limits how far we can place them to homes and how many we can put in one place.  This project is looking at innovative means of quietening rotor blades by taking inspiration from owls.  Owls can [...]

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Final Year Project Weekly Feature: Biomechanical evaluation of a novel bending and lifting technique

Lower back pain (LBP) is a common but poorly understood disorder; it affects a wide cross-section of society. Anecdotally, patients with LBP who adopt a one-handed bending and lifting technique involving bracing one arm against the corresponding thigh, report reduced pain and increased ability to carry out occupational and daily living activities. With greater supporting [...]

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Mech Eng final year project ‘Dancing Particles’ showcased at Science Alive

Science Alive is Australia’s largest science, technology and engineering event attracting people of all ages. This year, Dancing Particles was one of the displays showcased on behalf of The University of Adelaide. Dancing Particles is a project based on combustion testing of micro-sized particles. The project consists of understanding the principles and science of stable [...]

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Final Year Project Weekly Feature: System of Systems Robotics for Oceanic Applications

Swarm robotics is the study of robotic systems consisting of a large group of relatively small and simple robots that interact and cooperate with each other in order to jointly solve tasks that are outside their own individual capabilities. Swarm robotic systems typically exhibit interesting properties such as high degrees of parallelism, redundancy, and robustness. [...]

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Final Year Project Weekly Feature – Design, Development and Operation of Submersible Tube Launched Maritime UAV Robot

Launching a Robot mini-sub, or autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with the capability of being able to fly, (when it reached to the water surface) as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is an ideal concept. The next issue is command, control and navigation systems within underwater and above as well as avionics when it is flying [...]

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Final Year Project Weekly Feature – Parameterisation of TLUD Cookstoves to Reduce Emissions

Over 3 billion people use fuels such as wood, dung, and agricultural residues for cooking. Burning these fuels in traditional cookstoves can result in significant indoor air pollution, which claims the lives of 4 million people each year. In an effort to combat this problem improved cookstoves have been developed. These stoves aim to reduce: [...]

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Final Year Project Weekly Feature – Analysis, Verification and Optimisation of a FSAE Aerodynamics Package

Formula SAE (FSAE) is an engineering competition organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The competition aims to provide University students a real-world experience in the design, manufacture and testing of a formula style racecar. The competition is worldwide with 508 teams competing in 13 competitions globally.

After the teams highest placed  finish of 4th at [...]

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Final Year Project Weekly Feature – The Automated AFL Kicking Machine

The automated Australian Football League (AFL) kicking machine is a mechanical device that will replicate human kicking biomechanics.
The development of an Australian Rules football kicking machine will provide benefits for teams at a range of levels, in addition to improving the analysis of equipment and football dynamics. The device could be used to replicate desired [...]

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Final Year Project Weekly Feature – Robotic Chicken Head

In the lead up to MechExpo 2014, the School of Mechanical Engineering will be highlighting its Final Year Projects in a series of weekly posts.
This week, we showcase project 1637 “Robotic Chicken Head”:
Chickens (and other birds) have an interesting ability to keep their heads almost perfectly stationary when their bodies are subjected to relatively large [...]

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