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
- 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
Schedule: M-F: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Dynamics and Control Lab focuses on:
- Time-delay systems, and
- Other technologies.
- Cart-inverted-pendulum setup
- Parallel robot
- Cart-seesaw setup
- Robotic arms
- Rotary-inverted pendulum.
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.
- Force feedback haptic device
- Kinova and Optitrack robotics equipment
- Motion-capture equipment
- Miniature threaded inline load cell
- Robotic arm and hand
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.
- High-strain compressed gas impactor
- Low-strain pendulum impactor
- Drop tower
- High speed camera
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).
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.
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
- Multifunctional materials
- 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
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.
- 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)
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)
- High-speed infrared camera (ImageIR 8320)
- High-speed optical camera (Fastcam SA-5)
- Boiling chamber
- High-power DC supply
- Refrigerated/Heating circulator (F25-HE)
Faculty advisor: Shamim Mirza
- 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