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Beach CAVE Lab (ET-21)

Contact: Panadda Marayong or Praveen Shankar

Beach CAVE LabThe Beach CAVE Lab houses a CAVE immersive virtual environment system that facilitates interdisciplinary research in human-machine interaction in a dynamic environment. The system consists of room-size four panel displays with 8-camera real-time full body motion tracking. The acquisition of the CAVE system was funded by National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant (Award number 1626655).

Major equipment: 

  • VisCube M4 (Visbox, Inc., IL) CAVE VR system with front-projected four panel displays (12’ W x 8’ D x 10’ H)
  • ARTTrack real-time full body motion tracking system
  • Fully-integrated graphics workstation

DENSO Design and Manufacturing Lab (ET-17)

Contact: Christiane Beyer or Mahdi Yoozbashizadeh 

DENSO LabThe DENSO Lab offers CSULB students facilities for computer-aided design, manufacturing, and non-destructive testing. The lab contains an assembly robot, a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling machine with the ability to machine parts precisely, and 3D printers to rapidly prototype three-dimensional solid objects of virtually any shape from a digital model. Stored nearby is a plasma cutter used to precisely cut steel and other metal materials of different thicknesses.

Major equipment: 

  • Airwolf 3D printer
  • Artec 3D scanner
  • CNC Haas mill
  • CNC mill simulators (three)
  • MarkForged Mark One 3D printer
  • Objet30 3D printer
  • Orbital drill center
  • Plasma cutter
  • Polar 3D printer

Dynamics and Control Lab (ECS-215)

Schedule: M-F: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Faculty advisor: 

The Dynamics and Control Lab focuses on:

  • Automation
  • Robotics
  • Manufacturing
  • Time-delay systems, and
  • Other technologies.

Major equipment:

  • Cart-inverted-pendulum setup
  • Parallel robot
  • Cart-seesaw setup
  • Robotic arms
  • Rotary-inverted pendulum. 

Human Performance and Robotics Lab (ECS-115)

Contact: Emel Demircan

The Human Performance and Robotics Lab's research projects range from musculoskeletal modeling to robotic control. HPRL has received grants from DENSO, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health and collaborates with various departments and institutions to engage in interdisciplinary research. 

Major equipment:

  • Force feedback haptic device
  • Kinova and Optitrack robotics equipment
  • Motion-capture equipment
  • Miniature threaded inline load cell
  • Robotic arm and hand

Impact Group Engineering Research Lab (ECS-108)

Hours: M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment

Faculty advisor: Daniel Whisler

The Impact Group Engineering Research Lab specializes in understanding dynamic material and structural behavior when subject to extreme environments such as shock, impacts, or blast loads. Experimental and numerical testing for high strain, high strain rate survivability, blast mitigation, and impact resistance.

Major equipment:

  • High-strain compressed gas impactor
  • Low-strain pendulum impactor
  • Drop tower
  • High speed camera

Multiphase and Complex Fluids Flow Lab

Hours: TBD

Contact: Ehsan Madadi

Our group aim is developing new physics-based models and numerical algorithms for predicting the large scale multiphase and complex fluids flows in broad areas of fluid mechanics, such as energy and the environment. The foundation of our research is at the scientific interface of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and multiphase flows. The focus is on disperse multiphase flows (often reacting flows) with a continuous phase (gas or liquid) surrounding one or more disperse phases (e.g., particle, drops, or bubbles).

Multiscale Mechanics of Materials Lab (VEC-119)

Hours: M-F 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Faculty advisor: TBD

The lab focuses on:

  • Multiscale/multiphysics modeling
  • Integrated computational/experimental approaches for next generation material design
  • Application of material science and solid mechanics in advanced manufacturing.

Polymer and Advanced Composite Lab (ET-24)

Hours:  M-F: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.(by appointment)

Contact: Ehsan Barjasteh

The Polymer and Advanced Composite Laboratory specializes in developing and characterizing new lightweight materials and processes for applications in aerospace, biomedical, automotive, and other related industries. In particular, the research lab focuses on:

  • Out-of-Autoclave processes (VBO, VaRTM, RTM, RFI)
  • Automated polymer and composite manufacturing
  • Nanomaterial  
  • Multifunctional materials

Major equipment:

  • Cutters and polishers
  • Differential scanning calorimeter
  • Discovery refrigerated cooling system (RCS90)
  • Dynamical mechanical analyzer
  • Hot press
  • Industrial chassis computer
  • Injection molding machine
  • Kilns and furnaces
  • Metallurgical microscope
  • Rheometer

Solid Propulsion and Combustion Laboratory (SPACL) (EN3-107)

Faculty advisor: Joseph Kalman

The Solid Propulsion and Combustion Laboratory (SPACL) focuses on understanding the physics and chemistry of ignition, combustion, and decomposition of energetic materials, solid propellants, and other fuels/oxidizers. Traditional and novel experimental techniques are used to probe both gas-phase and condensed-phase reactions. These measurements, in conjunction with complementary modelling efforts, provide insight into how to improve performance or improve safety of combustion applications.

Major equipment:

  • Photron Mini AX-100 high-speed camera
  • Infinity K2 long-distance microscope
  • Iradion Infinity Series CO2 laser (120 watt )
  • National Instruments compact DAQ
  • Strand burner (under construction)
  • Miniature slab burner (under construction)
  • Solid fuel opposed flow burner (under construction)

Sustainable Thermal Energetics using Advanced Materials and Imaging (STEAM-I) Lab (ET-25)

Hours: M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Faculty advisor: Navdeep Singh Dhillon

The STEAM-I Lab employs high-speed optical and infrared imaging techniques to experimentally study and improve complex thermal-fluids phenomena. Research areas of interest include boiling, evaporation, condensation, renewable energy technologies, desalination, electronics cooling, and thermal management in mechanical & aerospace systems. The experimental and theoretical work is complemented by numerical and CFD analysis of processes and systems using tools such as Python, Matlab, OpenFOAM, StarCCM+. 4)

Major equipment:

  • High-speed infrared camera (ImageIR 8320)
  • High-speed optical camera (Fastcam SA-5)
  • Boiling chamber
  • High-power DC supply
  • Refrigerated/Heating circulator (F25-HE)

Thermodynamics Lab (EN4-125)

Faculty advisor: Shamim Mirza

Major equipment:

  • United computerized universal testing machine
  • Tinus Olson LoTorq torsion testing machine
  • Cantilever and simply supported beams
  • Strain-gauged aluminum cantilever beam
  • BLH Type 20 Strain indicator
  • Cylinder pressure vessels
  • Polariscope