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1. Control theory and Control engineering

Modeling, analysis and control of nonlinear and complex interconnected systems, including analytical dynamics and foundations of mechanics; vehicle dynamics and control; modeling and control of multi-agent systems; network modeling and control; evolution games and self-organized coordination; hybrid systems modeling and control; operation research and optimization; swarm behavior and swarm intelligence; modeling and analysis of non-smooth and switched control systems; and modeling and control of systems with bifurcations.

Application areas include multi-body dynamics; vehicle dynamics guidance, navigation, and control; nonholonomic locomotion and path generation of robots; design, control, and locomotion of semi-actuated biped robotics; locomotion, control, and coordination of multiple underwater robots; design and control of semi-automated artificial robotic manipulators for physical therapy; modeling, optimization of management of industrial processes, and signal processing; low-order modeling, identification and control of flow instabilities with application to traffic flows and flow instabilities in turbomachinery.


2. General Mechanics and Foundation of Mechanics

Modeling, analysis and control of nonlinear and complex interconnected systems, including analytical dynamics and foundations of mechanics; vehicle dynamics and control; modeling and control of multi-agent systems; network modeling and control; evolution games and self-organized coordination; hybrid systems modeling and control; operation research and optimization; swarm behavior and swarm intelligence; modeling and analysis of non-smooth and switched control systems; and modeling and control of systems with bifurcations.

Application areas include multi-body dynamics; vehicle dynamics guidance, navigation, and control; nonholonomic locomotion and path generation of robots; design, control, and locomotion of semi-actuated biped robotics; locomotion, control, and coordination of multiple underwater robots; design and control of semi-automated artificial robotic manipulators for physical therapy; modeling, optimization of management of industrial processes, and signal processing; low-order modeling, identification and control of flow instabilities with application to traffic flows and flow instabilities in turbomachinery.


3. Solid Mechanics

The Solid Mechanics discipline evolved with the establishment of the mechanics programme of Peking University, which was one of the first of its kind in China. It is among the first PhD programmes granted by the State Council in 1981, the Postdoctoral Research Stations in 1987, and the Key Disciplines of the State Education Ministry (1988,2000,2007) , as well as an important discipline in the “211” Project of Peking University. The discipline, featured with fundamental research and applications of solid mechanics and related areas, maintains its high status as a base for advanced research and education in solid mechanics. In education, we emphasize the command of the most essential knowledge and a solid foundation of mechanics and the building of comprehensive capacity in analyses, computations and experiments; in research, we pay great attention and endeavor to solve fundamental and original problems in the development and applications of mechanics and engineering science. The scientific achievements of the faculty are well recognized and play an important role in the industry.

The major research areas of the solid mechanics discipline include:

a) Mechanics of advanced materials and structures: Mico/nanomechanics, mechanics and physics of complex materials, mechanics of smart materials and structure, Mechanical problems in new energy technologies.

b) Elasticity and plasticity: Elastic and plastic properties of materials and structures under impact and extreme conditions, dynamics and wave theory of heterogeneous media under coupled electro-thermo-magneto-mechanical loads.

c) Computational solid mechanics: Computations of waves, numerical methods in impact dynamics, multi-scale computations.

d) Experimental mechanics: New methods in impact experiments, dynamic fracture, dynamic analyses of large-scale engineering structures, new functional materials and devices, nondestructive tests.

We also maintain close ties with the industry such that the research work is efficiently applied in various technologies in aerospace engineering, civil engineering, new power technologies, etc. The postgraduate students of the discipline are well received by universities, research institutes and industry.


4. Fluid Mechanics

a) Turbulence

  • Turbulence theory, including the hierarchy theory on multi-scale flow phenomena, multi-scale motion cascade dynamics, turbulence statistics theory based on the flow structure, flow stability theory, and the dynamics processes of turbulent transition.
  • Turbulence simulations, including large-scale direct numerical simulation, turbulence large eddy simulation, and other turbulence modeling methods with emphasis on engineering application. The physical properties and models of two-dimensional turbulence and rotation turbulence are also studied.
  • Turbulence experiments, including the visulization of the turbulence structure and the quantitative measurements of turbulent flow.

b) Computational Fluid Dynamics

  • Computational fluid dynamics methods, including multi-scale computational method, the lattice Boltzmann method, molecular dynamics simulation, the boundary vorticity method and parallel algorithms, and numerical methods of fluid-solid coupling problems.
  • Applied computational fluid dynamics, including multiphase flow, granular flow, chemical polymers computational simulation,  simulation of the interaction of porous media, micro-nano-fluid simulation, simulation of complex and movable boundary conditions, semiconductor carrier transport models and simulation.

c) Aerodynamics

  • Internal and external flow aerodynamics, experimental and numerical study of complex structures and processes of the flow from low speed to high speed flow, such as vortex, shockwaves, flow separation, mixing layer, instability, fluid-solid coupling, as well as the fluid mass vibration in fluid machinery.
  • Flow control, including the physical analysis and configuration optimization of complex internal and external flow, and the active and passive open-and-close loop control of complex fluid motion.
  • Combustion, including chemical kinetics, the rocket engines and so on.
  • Wind engineering research, such as wind environment of skyscraper and wind loads.

d) Environmental and biological fluid mechanics

  • Environmental resources and ecosystem science, which includes research on environmental resources, assessment and calculation of the ecological costs, simulation and control of environmental pollution, environmental planning and evaluation management, ecological health assessment, and sustainable development.
  • Non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, which includes viscoelastic fluid mechanics, flow and heat and mass transfer of porous media.
  • Cell mechanics, which includes intracellular calcium signaling dynamics, hemodynamic, and bio-heat and mass transfer.

5. Engineering Mechanics

Engineering mechanics is the application of mechanics to solve problems involving common engineering elements. Research areas include:

Large-scale engineering and scientific computing

Computational structural mechanics


6. Mechanics(Biomechanics and Mechanical Engineering)

Research areas include:

a) Biomechanics

Cell mechanics research; skeletal muscle mechanics research; oral study of mechanics; mechanical and relating research on artificial organs.

b) Biomedical information and apparatus technology

Medical signal collection and processing; medical image collection and processing; computer-aided diagnosis and treatment technology; advanced intelligent treatment technology and apparatus study; early diagnosis and medical devices development for minimally invasive treatment; genomic studies of complex information; bio-molecular dynamics studies.

c) Biomedical materials

Biomedical metal materials and devices; small nucleic acid molecules and nano-bio-materials and devices; biological interface and functional biological materials; bio-mineralization; biomimetic biomaterials; tissue regeneration; and dental medical materials.

d) Biological Engineering


7. Mechanics(Dynamics and Control)

Research fields include control of complex mechanical systems, dynamics and control of coordinating multi-agent systems, nonlinear and robust control, multi-body dynamics, dynamics and control of aircrafts, analysis and control of hyper-sonic flights, navigation/guide/control of flights, analysis and control of complex networks, simulation study of complex control systems, fault diagnosis and tolerant control, etc.

One of the main goals of our group is to establish a future-oriented program for the master and doctoral study in dynamics and control theory and engineering. We recruit Ph. D. and M. Sc. students from national key universities majored in automatic control, computer science, flight control, etc. All graduated students have found suitable positions in universities, scientific research institutes, or high-tech companies.


8. Mechanics(Advanced Materials and Mechanics)

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Advanced Materials and Mechanics

The Ph.D. in Advanced Materials and Mechanics is awarded based on a satisfactory completion of advanced courses and a doctoral dissertation. The dissertation, considered the centerpiece of a students’ graduate work, must be an original and high-quality piece of research performed under the supervision of our faculty. This program of study typically takes five years to complete.


9. Mechanics(Energy and Resources Engineering)

a) Master/Ph.D. of Engineering in Energy and Resources Engineering—Development and Utilization of Clean Energy
This program involves the frontier research of advanced new energy technology. The main contents include:

• Renewable Energy (Biomass Energy, Solar Energy and Wind Energy)

Unconventional Energy (Coalbed Methane, Terrestrial Heat, Oil Sand and Oil Shale, etc.)

Carbon Capture and Storage


b) Master/Ph.D. of Engineering in Energy and Resources Engineering—Efficient and Clean Utilization of Resources
This program’s goal is to develop efficient utilization of recycling resources and reduce energy consumption. The main contents include:

• Efficient and Clean Utilization of Coal and Its By-Products

Efficient Utilization of Unconventional Mineral Resources

Critical Technology of Saving Energy during Producing Process


c) Master/Ph.D. of Engineering in Energy and Resources Engineering—Water Resources and Environment
This program focuses on the management of water resources and water environment. The main contents include:

• Simulation of Hydrology

Simulation and Management of watershed environment

Wastewater Resources Regeneration

Wetland Conservation and Restoration


10. Mechanics (Aerospace Engineering)

The program of Mechanics (Aerospace Engineering) started in 2008 to feed the fast growing aerospace industry of the nation with high quality professionals. As an engineering discipline at Peking University that has a long-standing and strong science background, it aims to provide the students with a solid foundation in mathematics, physics, and mechanics, which no discipline of this type in other universities can compete with, as well as a broad range of knowledge in aerospace and engineering and the most recent progress information in this industry. The mission of this program is to produce talents who will lead the way of theoretical development and technology revolution in the field of aerospace.

Students in this program will enjoy:

a) State recommended courses such as Theoretical Mechanics, Theory of Elasticity and Fluid Mechanics, taught by advanced level professors who have years of teaching experiences at the College of Engineering

b) Invited lectures delivered by renowned scholars and experts from industry on the recent progress in aeronautics and astronautics, and an open forum for discussion

c) Organized visits, tours, and internship in key research institutes and large-sized manufacturers for direct experience of involvement in science and production

d) Globex design courses in which the students form groups to solve the practical problems raised by aerospace companies, for example, Boeing. The design group is typically supervised by a professor in the college and a technical manager from the company.


11. Biomedical Engineering

Research areas include:

a) Biomechanics

Cell mechanics research; skeletal muscle mechanics research; oral study of mechanics; mechanical and relating research on artificial organs.

b) Biomedical information and apparatus technology

Medical signal collection and processing; medical image collection and processing; computer-aided diagnosis and treatment technology; advanced intelligent treatment technology and apparatus study; early diagnosis and medical devices development for minimally invasive treatment; genomic studies of complex information; bio-molecular dynamics studies.

c) Biomedical materials

Biomedical metal materials and devices; small nucleic acid molecules and nano-bio-materials and devices; biological interface and functional biological materials; bio-mineralization; biomimetic biomaterials; tissue regeneration; and dental medical materials.

d) Biological Engineering


12. Materials Physics and Chemsitry


13. Materials Science


14. Management Science and Engineering

a) Medical and health engineering

To carry out quality and reliability research using theoretical methods including probability and statistics analysis techniques, behavioral science, psychology, system modeling and analysis techniques, computer and information technology, design and experimental technology.

Quality and reliability engineering is to effectively plan, organize, coordinate, evaluate and control quality and reliability-related activities, with a goal to ensure the best quality and reliability of tangible products, processes or services, and to ensure the most effective use of resources. Major study areas include medical systems and pharmaceutical systems engineering and technology.

b) Operational research

Using methods of operational research and stochastic process analysis, RFID and sensor technology, system modeling and analysis techniques, computer and information technology, design and experiments and other theories and experimental methods and techniques, to optimize and control the elements in complex systems and their configuration from a systems perspective, for the purpose of improving system efficiency, reducing costs, improving quality and increasing flexibility.

Major research areas include: production modes and management systems of equipment manufacturing, modern theories and techniques in process management, optimization and control technology of system process, production site management modeling, analysis and optimization technology, production system design technology, manufacturing systems integration technology, engineering economy and value analysis, production planning and scheduling control and manufacturing information systems.