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Upon realizing the most impending demand from the domestic mechanical industry is in its product's miniaturization and preciseness, this department set forth the directions for its development in: Mechatronics and Automation Engineering, MEMS and Smart Materials & Structures, Design and Manufacturing of Precision Machinery, Thermal-Fluid Sciences and Energy Technologies, and Advanced Vehicle.

Mechatronics and Automation Engineering

Mechatronics and Automation EngineeringMechatronics and Automation Engineering

Mechatronics and Automation engineering is an integration of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, information engineering and electronic engineering.

The teaching goal of the mechatronics and automation engineering is to train the students who can achieve the technical necessity of production and mechatronics. The students who finish the program can support the technological skill of the industrial products.

The program of the department supports the technical skill of the filed such as the automation technique and the element. The program can supply the technical skill to realize the field of design, manufacturing assemble and production. The maintenance and the integration via the knowledge of the mechatronic, computer integration and the control technology are all concentrated in the coarse of the program.

Specialty

The fields of mechatronics and automation are our concern:

(1) Computer aided design, computer aided manufacturing and computer aided measurement system.

(2) Mechatronic and its application on the manufacturing system.

(3) CNC machine tool production research and development.

(4) Part design and production of the automation equipment.

(5) Precise machine and mode design.

(6) Computers and manufacturing process integration.

(7) System monitoring and control in industry.

(8) Semiconductor manufacturing process design.

MEMS and Smart Materials & Structures, Design 

MEMS and Smart Materials & Structures, DesignMEMS and Smart Materials & Structures, Design

During the past 20 years, we have been developing a family of “smart materials” that have a learning or tuning function that makes it possible for them to become smarter. Smart systems are made from “smart” materials, which have the ability to perform sensing and actuating functions and therefore are capable of imitating living systems. Aerospace engineers are interested in smart air foils to control drag and turbulence. Diabetics need medical systems to sense sugar levels and deliver insulin. Architects are designing smart buildings with self-adjusting windows that control how much sunlight and heat flows in and out. Tennis players will want smart racquets to make overhead smashes and delicate drop shots.

The integration of sensors, actuators, and control systems is an ongoing process in the automotive, medical, military, and consumer electronic markets as systems become more miniaturized and more complex. Looking ahead to the use of microelectromechanical systems (MEMSs), more intelligent materials are coming on the scene that integrate the control system with the sensors and actuators, all in one common piece of material. MEMS-based devices that have found applications in everyday use include inkjet cartridges in printer heads, accelerometers as airbag sensors in automobiles, and tire-pressure sensors. Chemical sensor arrays and high-resolution displays are two emerging MEMS products.  

      The interest research areas in smart materials and structures and MEMS of our faculty member include: Theoretical Modeling of Smart Structures, Modeling and Control of Smart Systems, Micro-sensors and Micro-actuators, Integration of Smart Structures, Analytical/Numerical Simulation and Modelling, Commercial Applications of Smart Materials (MR and ER Fluids, Piezoelectric Materials and Shape Memory Alloy), MEMS and Electronics Integration, Bulk and Surface Micromachining Integration, Electrical-Mechanical Integration Techniques etc.

Design and manufacturing of precision machinery 

Design and manufacturing of precision machineryDesign and manufacturing of precision machinery

The microminiaturization and precision of mechanical industry in Taiwan are the most imperative demands about technological development at present.  For this reason the curriculum of this department is designed based on the five main points: mechatronics with automation, mircoelecromechanical system (or MEMS), design and manufacturing of precision machinery, energy technology, and advanced vehicle, all of which are technological development on advanced machinery and automation.         

The development requires the integration in materials, structural mechanics, thermo-fluidic science, control, automation, information, and opto-electronics, etc. Only when we take integration-oriented approach to break the development bottleneck of traditional machinery, we are able to design, analyze, manufacture, assemble, test, and check for the high precision machinery.  The purpose of this department is, through deep understanding of the present condition and future development of Taiwan industry ,to raise the idea that integration of advanced machinery skills is the key to upgrade industry, which is the researching domain of this department.

Thermal-Fluid Sciences and Energy Technologies 

Thermal-Fluid Sciences and Energy TechnologiesThermal-Fluid Sciences and Energy Technologies

Energy production and use have significantly affected the industrial development, the economic growth, and all human activities.  However, energy production and use is responsible for about three-quarters of manmade carbon dioxide, which is one of the major greenhouse gases.  The energy sector also produces nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, airborne hydrocarbons, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter.  These pollutants result in ozone smogs in urban areas, as well as acid precipitation, which damages terrestrial and aquatic environment.  The combustion of fossil fuels, particularly coal and oil, and reliance on nuclear power pose serious threats to public health and ecosystem integrity.  At a conference held on December 1-11, 1997, in Kyoto, Japan, the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change agreed to a historic Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by harnessing the forces of the global marketplace to protect the environment.

 In order to plan for a secure and reliable energy system that is environmentally and economically sustainable, it was stated, at the National Energy Conference of Taiwan in May 1998, that a national program should be developed to combat the global climate change.  Key subjects to be covered include research on energy conservation and energy efficiency, clean energy technologies, fuel cells and hydrogen energy, and renewable energies.  Based upon the above key subjects, the program of energy technology in Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering of Da-Yeh University has aimed at (1) the improvement of energy efficiencies in building, industry, and transportation sectors, (2) integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology, pressurized fluidized-bed combustion technology, and advanced turbine systems, (3) the development of PEM fuel cells and application of hydrogen energies, and (4) solar thermal energy, solar photovoltaics, and wind energy.  Under the great efforts contributed by the faculty members and the students, it is believed that the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering will play an important role in the field of energy development and technology. 

Advanced Vehicle 

Advanced VehicleAdvanced Vehicle

The primary goal of the advanced vehicle technology group is to develop courses that focus on the special features in vehicle system and component design and development, and to enable students to cultivate their personal talents and ability in vehicle logistic management. There were many research projects in recent years, for example, hybrid electrical vehicle, sub-system of intelligent vehicle, vehicle control system, light-weight materials, fuel cell and solar power energy systems, etc. Our most important educational goal is to integrate academic theories with engineering practices. We gained many times the highest honors in the national fuel economy vehicle competition in past years, which holds by SAE. The final target of this program is to accumulate the capabilities and experiences at intelligent vehicle field, and to become the research forerunner in the vehicle industry.