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n 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.

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.

Deputy Director: Dr P Zhang


  • Prof. L Cheng
  • Prof. WWF Leung
  • Prof. ZQ Su
  • Dr MW Fu
  • Dr RCK Leung
  • Dr Y Liu
  • Dr YS Choy
  • Dr HM Yao
  • Dr HH Ruan

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.

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
Project Title Investigator 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 $380,375
Quantification of Window-reveal Isolation for Aircraft Noise Transmission GP Zheng, YS Choy, XJ Jing and ZQ Su LORD Asia pacific Limited $325,000
Nonlinear Aeroacoustic-Structure Interaction of Finite Periodically Stiffened Flexible Panels Loaded with Unsteady Flow RCK Leung RGC General Research Fund $934,000
Passive Control of Train-Tunnel Interaction Aeroacoustics in High-Speed Railway RCK Leung RGC General Research Fund $706,195
Damage Identification and Repair of Composite Panels using Modal Power Flow Analysis WO Wong and L Cheng RGC General Research Fund $569,000
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 $388,660
Residual Stress Measurement Dedicated to Structural Aeronautical Composite Part with Organic Matrix LM Zhou and J Lu (CityU) Airbus UK Limited $865,180

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