Solid Mechanics

Research focus

Solid mechanics is a core part of mechanical and aerospace engineering, our researchers work on understanding fracture, corrosion and fatigue of materials, in applications as diverse as structural health monitoring, aerospace and medical engineering.

Meet the researchers

A/Prof Ralph Abrahams

A/Prof Abrahams’ main research interests include laser cladding of rails and wheels, friction stir welding and processing, fracture and fatigue of aircraft structures, applying nanocoatings and advanced techniques to improve wear fracture and fatigue properties of alloys and the structural integrity of aircraft structures, and improving fatigue properties of aluminum and magnesium alloys using friction-stir processing and thermo-mechanical techniques.

Ralph Abrahams
Prof Wing Kong Chiu

My research aims in solid mechanics strive to enable critical structures to deliver its expected performance safely and reliably. My strength in structural health monitoring is founded upon the integration of fundamental concepts in structural mechanics, (e.g. strength of material, fatigue and fracture of materials), with its structural dynamic responses, (e.g. acoustics, mechanical vibrations, ultra-sonics and thermal responses).

Wing Kong Chiu
A/Prof Tuck Ng

Research interests: biochemical analysis techniques, particle-cell manipulation, instrumentation development.


Tuck Ng
Prof Raman Singh

Novel Nanotechnology and Green Approaches (e.g., Graphene Ultra-thin Coatings and Nanostructured Alloys for Mitigation of Environment-assisted Degradation (Corrosion); Environment-assisted cracking – Mechanism, Monitoring and Mitigation; Integrity of Civil and Aerospace structures and Bioimplants.

Raman Singh
Dr Yunlong Tang

Our research mainly focuses on understanding the process-structure-property behaviour of additively manufactured multi-scale hybrid materials such as cellular or lattice structures. These materials can be used for aerospace, biomedical and automotive applications.


Yunlong Tang
A/Prof Wenyi Yan

My research in solid mechanics include applied mechanics of solids and structures, composite structures, fracture and fatigue of materials, wear, rail/wheel contact mechanics.


Wenyi Yan