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Subject Policy Statement - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING


A. Purpose and Program Description

The Libraries seek to support research and teaching in the Mechanical Engineering Department. The Collection supports the needs of the educational programmes offered by the Department, at both undergraduate and the postgraduate levels leading to the BEng (ME) and BEng (ME-BSE), the respective degree of MSc(Eng) by coursework and the research-based MPhil and PhD degrees.

In conjunction with other Engineering Departments and the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Engineering has been offering a Bachelor degree in Medical Engineering.

Research Focus
The current research activities of the Department cover 7 major areas: (1) Building Services, (2) CAD/CAM, Engineering Design, (3) Dynamics and Control, Robotics, (4) Energy/Environmental Engineering, (5) Material Science and Technology, (6) Mechanics of Solids and Fracture Mechanics and (7) Thermofluid Mechanics, Marine and Offshore Engineering.

These include: HVAC systems, Air diffusion and ventilation systems, Building emulator and building automation systems, Advanced intelligent control and fault detection methodologies ; Geometric modelling applications, Feature based systems; three-dimensional and robot vision, Intelligent design systems, Geometric feature recognition, Rapid prototyping, Technology and research management; Mechatronics, Robust control system design, Artificial intelligent control, Dispersion modeling, Air quality monitoring, Environmental impact assessment, Transmission electron microscopy studies of defects, Acoustic emission in un-lubricated wear of metals, micro/nano mechanics of deformation and fracture, electromagnetic solid mechanics, Thermofluid mechanics and Biomedical engineering.

Multi-disciplinary treatment of subjects
They are usually courses that are concerned with: computational physics, built environment and sustainable developments, biomedical engineering and nanotechnology.

User Groups
Primary users are faculty members, undergraduates and postgraduates major in the subject. The collection also serves users from other Departments who work in collaboration and/or have study interests related to the subject e.g. Biochemistry, Physics, Civil Engineering and EEE Engineering.


B. General Selection Guidelines (See classed analysis-link to conspectus table)

Overall, the Libraries' existing collection and acquisitions commitment, based upon available resources, and its collection goal for the subject areas are at the Research level.


C. Specific Delimitations

  1. Formats collected: Extensive variety of formats are collected. We collect monographs, annuals, reference tools, scholarly series, periodicals, CD-ROMs and other electronic tools, and videocassettes extensively ; textbooks and dissertations (other than HKU dissertations), selectively.
  2. Imprint Dates Collected: We collect current publications extensively, and earlier materials selectively.
  3. Chronological Focus: Contemporary. No limit to coverage in terms of intellectual content but emphasis is on collecting most recent materials.
  4. Languages Collected: We collect English language materials extensively and non-English language materials selectively, with translations into English are preferred.
  5. Place of Publication: We collect extensively materials from North American, European and United Kingdom and other materials selectively.