Mechanics of solids, fluids and gases are fundamental areas within classical physics and plays a pivotal role in the design and analysis in almost every branch of engineering science. Today, this position is enhanced by even larger amount of the areas engulfed by the subject. For instance, chemical and material sciences in combination with fluid mechanics lead to a deeper understanding of various physical phenomena and also leads to new technical innovations. The research methods of mechanics are well established and are successfully used for example in biological sciences with application to human body. Such a cross-scientific approach opens new possibilities for a better understanding of a human body (from cells to muscles and locomotion). These exciting new areas go hand in hand with the more traditional applications in a multitude of technological processes used in construction, transportation, paper manufacturing, electro-chemical and pharmaceutical industries generating new and challenging research problems.
The department of Mechanics includes seven research groups and is large enough to provide an excellent research environment in a wide range of research areas. The educational activity for the undergraduate studies offers a comprehensive course selection in basic mechanics attended by 1 500 students, in fluid mechanics with 500 students and in structural and advanced mechanics with 250 students. The researchers in the department are divided in 7 research groups.