K.T. Tan's Research Group


Aerospace Structures (4900:336) [Fall 2014] [Fall 2015] [Fall 2016] [Fall 2017] [Fall 2018] [Fall 2019] [Fall 2020]

Junior-level course covering theory and methods for analysis and design of aerospace structures. Topics include torsion, bending, shear flow, buckling, fracture and fatigue of beams and plates.

Aerospace Computations (4900:450) [Spring 2015] [Spring 2016] [Spring 2017] [Spring 2018] [Spring 2019] [Spring 2020]  [Spring 2021]

Senior-level course covering fundamentals of finite element analysis. Topics include basic concepts of finite element analysis, stiffness matrices, truss analysis, flexure elements, solid elements, applications in solid mechanics, hands-on learning of FE commercial software (ABAQUS).

Tools for Mechanical Engineering (4600:165) [Spring 2017] [Fall 2017] [Spring 2018] [Fall 2018] [Fall 2019] [Spring 2020] [Fall 2020] [Spring 2021]

Freshmen-level course covering important software, hardware and “heartware” for engineering students. Lecture topics include introduction to mechanical engineering program, engineering graphics, dimensioning, sectioning, tolerancing, design process, etc. Software lab sessions include computer-aided design (SolidWorks), and math calculation package and programming (MATLAB).

Analysis of Mechanical Components (4600:336) [Summer 2020]

Junior-level course covering analysis of stress and strain at a point, Mohr’s circles, shear stresses, elastic instability, stresses in thick and thin cylinders, torsional loading of shafts, flexural loading of beams, failure criteria and fatigue analysis.

Mechanical Engineering Lab (4600:484) [Spring 2015] [Fall 2015] [Spring 2016] [Fall 2016]

Senior-level course covering mechanical engineering lab to solve experimental design problem. Topics include Catapult Statistical Design of Experiment, etc.

Engineered Materials for Future Applications (4600:696) [Spring 2019] [Summer 2020]

Graduate-level course covering the principles, concepts, design and applications of acoustic/elastic/mechanical metamaterials. Other topics include recent advances in man-made specially-engineered materials like 4D printed materials (time dependent property), hydrogel (reinforced water), multifunctional material (with sensing, switching, energy harvesting capability), origami structures (shape changing ability), soft materials (with tunable material properties), bioinspired structures, etc. The focus of this course is always forward looking with strong emphasis on recent advances, plus evolving contents based on rapid advancement of modern technology in the multidisciplinary field of science, engineering and technology.

Bioinspired Structures and Materials (4600:696) [Summer 2021]

Graduate-level course covering the principles, concepts, design and applications of recent development in bioinspired structures and materials. The focus is on biomimicry, which is the art of learning, imitating and adopting nature’s solution to solve complex engineering problems.