Department of Mechanical Engineering
National Chung Cheng University
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the National Chung Cheng University was founded in August 1991 with its Graduate Institute, and became a full-fledged department with establishment of its undergraduate program two years later in August 1993. It currently has a faculty of 24 members and about 385 undergraduate students, 176 M.S. students, and 34 Ph.D. students. The University is located in Chia-Yi County in southern Taiwan with 1.5 hours travel by the high-speed train from the capital Taipei City of Taiwan.
Our department located in the Middle of the Taiwan precision machinery industry corridor. Balanced Education on Fundamentals and Applications. Reflecting the fact that a large percentage of our faculty members had substantial experiences with industrial research and development before joining the Department, the education at the Department emphasizes on fundamental sciences and engineering without losing sight of industrial relevance, cultivating not only student’s analytical skill but also their hand-on capability. This fundamental and yet pragmatic education philosophy is also reflected in the Department’s funding. Over 40% of its annual funding comes from projects directly collaborating with industries. Besides, the undergraduate program as well as the graduate institute has been accredited by the Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET) since 2008.
At present, the Mechanical Engineering department offers a four-year undergraduate program, master program and Ph.D. program. The courses in undergraduate and graduate programs of the department are well arranged by four study fields:
- Structural and Material Mechanics,
- Mechanical Design and Manufacturing,
- Thermo and Fluid Dynamics, and
- Automatic Control
and five application domains:
- Precision Machinery,
- Nanotechnology and MEMS,
- Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering, and
- Energy and Environment.
Our research and development are prepared for careers in mechanical engineering, develop lifelong learning skills, and advance the science and technology of mechanical engineering through multidisciplinary research in selected focus areas. There are four Interdisciplinary Research Centers and three advance research laboratory in our department. All of the research centers have been integrated as part of the core sites of the research institute of CCU AIM-HI (The Advanced Institute for Manufacturing with High-tech Innovations).
Research Center for Advanced Machine Tools
Research Center for Advanced Machine tools was established by Prof. Ling, Cheng Chang who is named by "Father of the Machine tools in Taiwan" in 1993, the center has a long history to continue developing innovation and emergent technologies for Taiwan precision machine industry. Currently the major research topics in RCPM are listed as follows.
- Development of Smart Feed-Drive System
- Intelligent PC Based Controller
- Wireless embedded sensors for health monitoring
- Prognosis for fatigue and life estimation
- Chatter Detected System
- System Identification Technique
In particular, the RCAMT center develops its own PC Linux based controller to achieve the goal of intelligent manufacturing. The state-of-art technologies are listed as follows.
- Develop the friendly web-based graphic user interface.
- Perform the real-time collision detection and avoidance
- Build the 5-axis CNC interpolation technologies
- Develop the novel look ahead interpolation for short blocks interpolation
- Develop Multi-axis intelligent learning control
- Perform Virtual Machine Simulation
- Establish full digital serial communication
Research Center for Precision Molding (RCPM)
Research Center for Precision Molding was founded in 2003, complying with the policy that the Taiwan Government to assist the Precision Molding Industry in upgrade and to increase the competition in the world wide, major research topics in RCPM:
- Rapid Design in geometric modeling
- Rapid Prototyping in molding
- Mold Flow and Stimulation Analysis
- PC-Based ,Real-Time NURBS UI Controller
- Innovative/Customized CAD/CAM Application
- Augmented Reality Based Haptic Dental Simulator for Computer -Aided Surgery
Research Center for Nanotechnology Design & Prototyping
Research Center for Nanotechnology Design & Prototyping is leading by Distinguished Professor Jeng, Yeau-Ren, the Vice President of National Chung Cheng University. Professor Jeng’s team has successfully integrated the Nano-scale Positioning Ability of Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM), Surface Measuring, and Depth Sensing Technique to trace the indentation of loading and depth-corresponding ability. The, major research topics in RCNDP:
- Surface Texture
- Electrical Packaging
- Semiconductor Fabrication
Research Certer for Leading Edge Processing Rolling and Forging Technology
Research Certer for Leading Edge Processing Rolling and Forging Technology; the center basically is composed of a group of professors of Department of Mechanical Engineering of CCU and other experts specialize in steel roll bonding technology and alloy forging. Temporarily four sections of center are set up in accordance with their functions—Rolling and Forging Processing Section, New Technical Processing Section, Industrial Technologies and Intellectual Property Service Section, and Continuing Education Section. Major research topics in RCLEPRFT:
- Research of hot and cold rolling steel process and development of numerical simulation tools.
- Research of steel mill roll tribology and fatigue property of hot and cold rolling steel.
- Development of downstream industries’ roll bonding technologies
- Technical development and research on material forging molding of leading edge processing.
- Technical development and research on the leading edge processing applying on precision micro manufacturing.
- Technical development and research on the leading edge processing applying on systems of NEMS and optical devices.
- New technical researches on manufacturing process related to irons.
Innovation Research Lab for Precision Transmission
Currently the Lab. is leading by Distinguished Professor Fong, Zhang-Hua, research focus is on design of precision gear set such as Hypoid Gear、Planetary Gear Train、and Straight Bevel Gear. Major research topics in the Lab:
- Hypoid Gear Set and the Corresponding Generators
- Topographic Error Analysis of Gear
- Mathematical Model for the Tooth Profile
- Tooth Contact Analysis
- Study on Parameters of Gear Shaping Production
Innovation Research Lab for MEMS and Nano-Technology
Currently research in the laboratory is focused on Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Multi-scale mechanical properties measurement skills. Major research topics in the Lab:
- Fabrication of the Piezoelectric Thin Film
- Ion Polymer Metal Composite
- Nafion117 metallic layer and Spiral IPMC Actuator
- Printing-Based Fabrication of Flexible Electronics
- Micro-force testing methods
- Micro-impact testing methods
- Nanoimprinting process
Innovation Research Lab for Micro/Nano Bio-madical System
Currently research in the laboratory is focused on many challenges for fundamental flow-science on micro-electro-mechanical-systems(MEMS) and Nano-technology applied to Bio-medical devices. Major research topics in the Lab:
- AC Electro-Osmosis in the biochip
- Label-Free biosensors
- Investigation of cryopreservation of articular cartilage chondrocytes
- Lab-on-a-chip/cell chips
- Nano-biomedical applications
Other Research Topics
There are many new research topics undergoing in our department, some of them listed as follows;
- All-Vanadium Redox Flow Battery
- Friction Stir Spot Welding
- Magnetic Flexible Rotor Bearing System
- Robotics and Human Position Analysis
- Energy and Pyrolysis
- Image Processing and 3D Reconstruction
The department and graduate school increasingly cooperate research projects and exchange students with foreign universities. Some of the projects are listed as follows:
- Klingelnberg GmbH, Germany; Gear Tooth Profile measurement and Contact Analysis; Prof. Fong, Zhang-Hua, 2013.
- Taiwan-Slovak Academy of Sciences Joint Research Cooperation; Novel ultra-fine grained Al-Al2O3 composites, Prof. Jeng, Yeau-Ren and Prof. Liu, De-Shin, 2012-2014.
- Taiwan-Russian Academy of Sciences Joint Research Cooperation; Semi-analytic solution for plastic collapse of a thin annular disk subject to thermo-mechanical loading, Prof. Jeng, Yeau-Ren, 2011-2014.
- Taiwan-Russian Academy of Sciences Joint Research Cooperation; Influence of Bauschinger effect on analysis and design of thin plates and disks, Prof. Jeng, Yeau-Ren, 2014-2016.
The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering provides financial support for both domestic and international outstanding graduate students. Part of this support may include research grant support, external scholarship support from Industry, and Graduate Teaching Assistantships.
Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, manufacture, operate, and maintain mechanical systems. Therefore, the mechanical engineering graduates are sought by employers in almost all sectors of the engineering industry. These include: Semi-conductor Industry, Precision Machine Industry, Automotive industry, Chemical industry, Aerospace industry, Defense industry, Electronics industry, Materials and metals industry and many others. There are also very high percentage students after graduating from college continue further studies by pursuing Master or PhD Program.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
National Chung Cheng University
168 University Rd., Minhsiung, Chiayi 62102, Taiwan