Research and Facilities

Consortium for Aerospace Engineering

In line with the strategic objective of the University for 21st Century, this Consortium for Aerospace Engineering was established in 2012. 

During the previous 20 years, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, PolyU has successfully built an excellent track record in serving both global and local industries, and developed a critical mass to deal with aero-related problems in Hong Kong, or perhaps, the Great China region. The mission of the Consortium is to carry out high-quality research and development to meet the industrial, commercial and community needs of the society.

  • Introduction

    The CAE shows the strong commitment of PolyU in developing the aerospace researches. With the rapid development of air transportation and aerospace industries in the Asia-Pacific region, CAE aims to foster close collaborations and build up better synergy in aerospace and aviation researches through a research network including PolyU, overseas research institutions, public service corporations, local industry and governmental departments; and to meet the society’s demand.

    The research activities of the Consortium for Aerospace Engineering are mainly in developing all aerospace-centric technologies, including the areas of

    • Green Engines and Combustion
    • Aeroacoustics
    • Advanced Composite materials and Structure Health Monitoring
    • UAV/MAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle/Micro Aerial Vehicle).

    The CAE members have also extensive working experience in Aeronautical industry and carried out research and consultancy projects for famous aircraft manufacturers such as LORD, Bombardier Aerospace of Canada and Boeing. For example, the Aeroacoustics members have been invited by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (COMAC) to participate in new technology development (noise abatement in cabin) for China’s new generation of large commercial passenger aircraft (C919).

    The research works carried out by the CAE members have been shown consistently well, which is evidenced by the large number of quality papers published in the top notch journals in the area, such as AIAA journal, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, Journal of Acoustical Society of America, Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal, Nature Materials, Advanced Materials, Physical Review Letters, Carbon, Acta Materialia, Applied Physics Letters, …etc.

  • Membership

    Membership of CAE

    Prof. CY Wen (Director)ME/PolyU
    Dr P Zhang (Deputy Director)ME/PolyU
    Prof. L ChengME/PolyU
    Prof. WWF LeungME/PolyU
    Prof. LM ZhouME/PolyU
    Prof. ZQ SuME/PolyU
    Dr MW FuME/PolyU
    Dr RCK LeungME/PolyU
    Dr Y LiuME/PolyU
    Dr YS ChoyME/PolyU
    Dr XJ JingME/PolyU
    Dr HM YaoME/PolyU
    Dr HH RuanME/PolyU
  • Objectives

    The CAE is established to create and develop a critical mass in the fundamental and applied research in the field of Aerospace Engineering. The specific objectives of CAE are:

    1. To carry out high-quality research and development to meet the industrial, commercial and community needs of the society;
    2. To foster close collaborations and build up better synergy in Aerospace research through a research network including the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, overseas research institutions, public service corporations, local industry and governmental departments;
    3. To provide professional services to the government/industry/community in solving problems related to Aerospace Engineering through carrying out consulting projects, arrangement of technical workshops and seminars, and development of engineering and scientific devices/systems/strategies;
    4. To assist/influence government Aerospace Engineering policy and to enhance the competitive edges of HK in Aerospace through active technology transfer;
    5. To underpin graduate/undergraduate teachings with knowledge created from research and development works.
  • External Collaborations

    Members of CAE maintain very good long-term collaboration in research and academic activities with other departments of PolyU, as well as other universities and institutions, both local and overseas, for example:

    • California Institute of Technology, U.S.A.
    • Princeton University, U.S.A.
    • Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A.
    • German Aerospace Center (DLR), Göttingen, Germany
    • Cambridge University, UK
    • University of Southampton, UK
    • University of Sheffield, UK
    • INSA de Lyon, France
    • University of Sydney, Australia
    • University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia
    • Khristianovich Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Science (ITAM)
    • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea
    • National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
    • Polish Academy of Sciences
    • AGH-University of Science and Technology, Poland
    • Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
    • China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, China
    • Tsinghua University, China
    • Zhejiang University, China
    • University of Science and Technology of China, China
    • Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
    • Beijing Institute of Technology, China
    • Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
    • Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
    • Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
    • Tong Ji University, China
  • Representative Research Projects


    Project Title


    Source of Funding

    Amount Sponsored

    Damage diagnosis and on-line structural health monitoring of spacecraft system: System dynamics, guided wave and sound source localization

    Cheng, ZQ Su, XJ Jing and YS Choy

    China Academy for Space Technology

    $ 4,026, 900

    Interior Noise and vibration control of spacecraft enclosure


    RMB    $1,194,000

    Detailed and Reduced Reaction Mechanism for Pyrolysis of Kerosene

    P. Zhang

    Supersonic Combustion Lab, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

    RMB $150,000

    Numerical Investigation on Liquid-Fueled Detonation Waves

    CY Wen

    Beijing Institute of Technology

    RMB $200,000

    Investigation of Three-Dimensional Flow around Wavy Slabs and Airfoils

    K Lam and Y Liu

    RGC General Research Fund


    Quantification of Window-reveal Isolation for Aircraft Noise Transmission

    GP Zheng, YS Choy, XJ Jing and ZQ Su

    LORD Asia pacific Limited


    Nonlinear Aeroacoustic-Structure Interaction of Finite Periodically Stiffened Flexible Panels Loaded with Unsteady Flow

    RCK Leung

    RGC General Research Fund


    Passive Control of Train-Tunnel Interaction Aeroacoustics in High-Speed Railway

    RCK Leung

    RGC General Research Fund


    Damage Identification and Repair of Composite Panels using Modal Power Flow Analysis

    WO Wong and L Cheng

    RGC General Research Fund


    Model-free Multilevel Identification of Multi-Damage (3M) in Engineering Structures and Assets using a Hierarchical Sensor Network-based Signal Fusion

    ZQ Su and L Cheng

    RGC General Research Fund


    Residual Stress Measurement Dedicated to Structural Aeronautical Composite Part with Organic Matrix

    LM Zhou and J Lu (CityU)

    Airbus UK Limited


  • Laboratories
  • Facilities
    • PolyU-CAST joint Laboratory in Mechanics and Space Environment Engineering
    • Micro Air Vehicle Laboratory
    • Hypersonic Research Laboratory
    • Wind Tunnel Laboratory
    • Water Tunnel Laboratory
    • Computational Aeroacoustics and Flow Physics Laboratory
    • Acoustic Laboratory
    • Acoustic Mini-wind Tunnel Laboratory
    • Dynamics Laboratory
    • Nonlinear Dynamics and Vibration Control Laboratory
    • Computational Research Laboratory
    • Composite Materials Laboratory