RESEARCH

University of Lahore

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Lahore is committed to the pursuit of transformative, multidisciplinary research. Our renowned and dedicated faculty members are motivated to develop and build exciting new innovations to advance the country every day.

To better prepare the department to respond to large, collaborative, interdisciplinary research requests for proposals, the department’s research is organized into focus groups and technical areas related to the core mechanical engineering discipline.

Research groups are formed based on the expertise and interest of faculty and long-term funding opportunities. As a result, the number of active research groups will change from time to time. Faculty are associated with one technical area and one or more research groups, depending on expertise and research interests.

 

TURING GROUP FOR INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS, ROBOTICS AND AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH (GLISTAR)

Group Leader: Dr. Muhammad Aamir Khan (Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering)

TURING GROUP FOR INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS, ROBOTICS AND AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH (GLISTAR), is a research and development group at Mechanical Engineering Department of The University of Lahore working in collaboration with other networked groups allowing it to share resources and have a powerful footprint in Asia and Europe in research, technology development, commercialization and product development.
The group focuses on research and development work on intelligent systems in diverse domains, smart mobility concepts for sustainable growth, industrial robotics, field and service robotics including medical systems and automotive design as a hallmark of raw passion towards cars and motor sports.
Currently the group is working on various initiatives towards green technologies in automotive sector and is gearing towards research in autonomous vehicles and implementation of Artificial Intelligence in exponential technologies. With strong background in innovative mechanisms development and mechanics, multi-body dynamics, mechatronic system design, control systems, Artificial Intelligence and Soft robotics, They are perfectly placed for the multidisciplinary research and technology development projects in house and as services to industry. They have strong relations with international companies and are already working on collaborative projects.

 

COMPOSITE STRUCTURES RESEARCH GROUP (CSRG)

Group Leader: Dr. Khazar Hayat (Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Composite materials exhibits higher specific mechanical properties compare to metal counterparts. The central focus of this research group is on the industrial applications of fiber reinforced plastics composites (FRPCs), covering the entire development processes of design by analysis, manufacturing and testing. The targeted applications include but are not limited to pressure vessel, wind turbine blade, flywheel energy storage system and automobile products etc. In addition, the research activities involve material characterization, multi-scale modelling and design optimization of FRP composites as well as the structure health monitoring (SHM) of composite structures in service.


RELIABILITY IN MANUFACTURING

Group Leader: Dr. Shafaqat Siddique (Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering)

The group aims at understanding different manufacturing, especially non-conventional, processes in terms of their influences on the micro-structural development in the manufactured part as well as on the resulting mechanical behavior. Thorough understanding of the phenomena is employed to develop application-relevant components with optimized mechanical strength and reliability. The following points highlight the focus points of research; relevant fields and techniques are welcome to be a part of the group.

  • Novel manufacturing processes
  • Post-processing techniques
  • Structural analysis
  • Mechanical reliability
  • Failure analysis
  • Life prediction

 

GROUP FOR SMART LEAN MANUFACTURING, MATERIALS & SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION (GSLM-PRO)

Group Leader: Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Rafique (Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering)

A group for smart lean manufacturing, materials & sustainable production is a research group in the mechanical engineering department of The University of Lahore. This group is a liner between academia and industry to attain advancement in knowledge and practice under the realm of production and manufacturing. The core fields of group are smart lean implementation, Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, production optimization, technology transfer, material machining, material processing, sustainability and energy conservation. The details of domains are: Lean Production is widely recognized and accepted in the industrial setting. It concerns the strict integration in manufacturing process, a continuous improvement and focuses on value-adding activities by avoiding waste. Industry Revolution 4.0 is a new paradigm which allows creating a smart network of machines, products, components, properties, individuals and ICT systems in the entire value chain to have an intelligent factory. Industry Revolution 4.0 is all about using computer technology, artificial intelligence, and especially networks to improve production. The group further investigates the manufacturing as well as materials aspect in production in terms of influence of processing as well as post processing tools on the lean production. Material conservation is focused to be ensured during manufacturing. Additionally, the other leading focus of the research is the energy conservation and sustainable production to attain excellence in environment preservation and renewable energy systems.

 

RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY RESEARCH GROUP (RS-ERG)

Group Leader: Dr. Shafqat Hussain (Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering)

The Renewable and Sustainable Energy Research Group (RS-ERG) is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Lahore.

The Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) engages in cutting edge fundamental and applied research to generate and promote the efficient use of energy in the built environment. This includes   pre-industrial development in the areas of renewable energy technologies. RS-ERG plans to do research using analytical, numerical and experimental methods in core areas of energy, specifically in Renewable Energy (Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Biomass Energy, Hydro Energy, Geo-thermal Energy, Hydrogen Energy and Marine Energy), Energy Storage, Energy for Development, Energy and Buildings, Microgeneration Technologies, Data and Modelling, life cycle assessment, Economic and Environmental Impacts.

Presently members of this group include faculty researchers from the department and in future, external collaborators will also be involved. The projects they plan to work on are at the forefront of alternative energy development and hold the potential to make significant contributions to the advancement of energy related technology.