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Introduction of Graduate Programs
Ph.D. and M.S. Programs
Graduate Course

Six graduate programs are offered by The MES, including Fluid Mechanics, Solid Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Biomechanics and Medical Engineering, Mechanical Systems and Control, and General Mechanics and Foundation of Mechanics. All graduate programs recruit both Ph.D. and M.S./M.E. degree students. The students enrolled in the Ph.D. programs need to gain 45 to 48 course credits; whilst the students pursuing M.S./M.E degrees need to take courses of 40 credits. At the moment, 193 graduate students are enrolled in the Ph.D. programs and 58 graduate students are in the M.S./M.E. programs.
Founded in 1952, the MES was among the first in China to offer graduate education, and has yielded a profound influence on the higher education on theoretical and applied mechanics in both China and worldwide.
The MES offers graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. Students can take programs that lead to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree or a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in the areas of
        Fluid Mechanics,
        Solid Mechanics,
        Engineering Mechanics,
        Biomechanics and Medical Engineering,
        Mechanical Systems and Control,
and General Mechanics and Foundation of Mechanics.
The Ph.D. is a five-year program designed for a career in basic research and teaching. The M.S. is a three-year program designed for a career in industrial, non-government organizations, or government research and development and requires an original thesis.
Shown as below are the detailed data for the graduated graduate students in the past eight years. There are about 50 graduate students graduated from this department each year.

Two graduate students received the National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award, by Ministry of Education of China. This is a nationwide best Ph.D. thesis award on all disciplines, less than 100 winners each year.

National mechanics graduate student forum
The MES at Peking University incorporates graduate students into cutting edge research in a multitude of engineering disciplines. The aim of the graduate programs in the MES is to prepare students for research and professional practice. Original research in mechanical sciences is an essential component of the graduate program. Research areas in the MES include:
Fluid Mechanics
Fluid mechanics as a discipline is as much a part of physics as of engineering. Present active research areas include:
  • 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. Turbulence experiments, including the visualization of the turbulence structure and the quantitative measurements of turbulent flow.
  • Computational fluid dynamics: Computational fluid dynamics methods, including multi-scale computational method, the lattice Boltzmann method, and numerical methods of fluid-solid coupling problems. Applied computational fluid dynamics, including multiphase 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.
  • 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 detonation engines and so on. Wind engineering research, such as wind environment of skyscraper and wind loads.
Solid Mechanics/Engineering Mechanics
The Solid Mechanics/Engineering Mechanics discipline has evolved with the establishment of the mechanics program of Peking University, which was one of the first of its kind in China. It is among the first PhD programs 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 industry.
The major research areas of the solid mechanics/Engineering present active research areas include:
  • 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.
  • Computational solid mechanics: Computations of waves, numerical methods in impact dynamics, multi-scale computations.
  • Experimental mechanics: New methods in impact experiments, dynamic fracture, dynamic analyses of large-scale engineering structures, new functional materials and devices, nondestructive tests.
Biomechanics and Medical Engineering
Research areas include:
  • Biomechanics: Cell mechanics research; skeletal muscle mechanics research; oral study of mechanics; mechanical and relating research on artificial organs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Dynamics and Control
One of the main goals of this program is to establish a future-oriented one for the master and doctoral study in dynamics and control theory and engineering. Present active research areas 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.
General Mechanics and Foundation of Mechanics
Research fields include:
  • Modeling and control of complex systems
  • Modeling, analysis and control of nonlinear systems
  • Dynamics and intelligent control of robots
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