Project Type:

Project

Project Sponsors:

  • US Department of Defense - DOD

Project Award:

  • $549,259

Project Timeline:

2021-07-20 – 2022-07-19



Lead Principal Investigator:



Project Team:

Multi-Scale Mechanical Characterization Laboratory


Project Type:

Project

Project Sponsors:

  • US Department of Defense - DOD

Project Award:

  • $549,259

Project Timeline:

2021-07-20 – 2022-07-19


Lead Principal Investigator:



Project Team:

With this grant, the PIs establish a new, interdisciplinary Multi-Scale Mechanical Characterization Laboratory (MMCL) at CSUN. The proposed MMCL will greatly extend current research capabilities and allow for new cutting-edge research avenues. In particular, the new laboratory will enable interdisciplinary work on key thrusts of the identified DoD agency technical areas. Planned projects include the design of smart, composite and lattice materials spanning the nano, micro and macro scales, as well as the realization of highly-attenuating, reconfigurable, and tunable structures, materials and interfaces. The impact of the MMCL will be synergistic in that it will allow for greater utilization of existing laboratories (e.g. Keck Composites Laboratory and Haas Manufacturing Laboratory), which feature state-of-the-art equipment such as a large-scale autoclave. All research proposed will involve students at the graduate and undergraduate level, and will focus on characterization of materials for the development of new capabilities in mission critical structures. Moreover, integration into the Mechanical Engineering curriculum will create a series of new high-impact, experiential instructional activities that incorporate the requested equipment into the classroom. Students will gain familiarity with the tools through demonstrations and data analysis at the undergraduate level (e.g. undergraduate students will analyze manufacturing flaws in composites based on microscopy images), and become fully-trained users by the culmination of graduate electives (e.g. graduate students will perform vibration testing of components with embedded smart material elements by laser Doppler vibrometry).

Project Themes:

Tribology Ultrasound Acoustics, Dynamics, and Controls Applied Mechanics Computer-Aided Engineering and Design Electro-Mechanical Systems










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