Mr FJ van Graan

Fritz van Graan graduated as mechanical engineer at UP in 1983, whereafter he worked at the CSIR as a research engineer in thermodynamics and heat mechanics for two years. He completed his BEng(Hons) in 1985, while he was working at Armscor as a systems and design engineer for three years. 

He joined the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering of the University of Pretoria as Lecturer in 1988 and also worked as a consultant engineer in the field of vibration isolation, component development and design engineering. He obtained his MEng in 1995. 

From 2004 he managed his own business in manufacturing of anti-vibration equipment and components and lectured part-time at UP.  He joined the Department of Civil Engineering in 2008 as a Senior lecturer. He is also working as a consultant engineer in the field of engine development, vibration isolation and design and manufacturing of components.

He is a registered professional engineer.


Teaching duties

  • SWK 122:  Mechanics
  • SWK 210:  Strength of Materials
  • SKE 110:  Introduction to Structures
  • SSC 412:  Research project 


Current Research interests

  • Assisting a group in developing a rotor-type fuel engine.
  • Characterising of poly-urethane elastomers.
  • Research in the field of adhering elastomers to metals and other materials.
  • Expansion energy of materials when heated up.

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