MECHANICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH AREAS

Center for Tire Research

Center for Tire Research

Dr. Celal Batur

First class, pre-competitive research into tire and tire/vehicle testing, modeling, materials, and manufacturing by world- class faculty of Virginia Tech and the University of Akron. Training of students in tire and tire- related disciplines. Involvement of industry members in the selection and direction of the research work, interaction with faculty and students, and access to facilities. More...

Combustion Laboratory

Combustion Laboratory

Dr. Gaurav Mittal

Chemical kinetics of hydrocarbon fuels, alternative fuels. Flame phenomena. Autoignition at elevated pressures relevant to engines. Reduced kinetic mechanisms for CFD simulations. CFD simulation of engines. Droplet combustion. Lab facilities: rapid compression machine, dynamic combustion facility, jet-stirred reactor. More...

Electrospun Polymer Adhesives

Electrospun Polymer Adhesives

Dr. Josh Wong

The fibrous adhesives perform like commercial adhesives, with additional benefits of self-cleaning, re-usable and easy re-attachable. Dry adhesives can be obtained from an electrospun non-woven of a spinnable polymer, wherein the polymer fiber forming the non-woven is aligned. The polymeric nanofibers may be formed from a mixture of highly spinnable material, combined with an adhesive component to further enhance the adhesion onto substrates. The non-woven can further be processed by plastic deformation to create microprotrusions. More...

Micro/Nano Engineering Lab

Micro/Nano Engineering Lab

Dr. Yalin Dong

We apply theoretical and numerical methods to solve engineering problems at micro and nano scale. Atomistic modeling (Density Functional Theory, Molecular Dynamics Simulation and Lattice Dynamics), statisticial modeling (Boltzmann Transport Equation and Monte Carlo Method) and continuum modeling (Finite Differential/Volume/Element Methods) are employed to investigate mechanical, thermal and electrical properties of materials. More...

Microelectromechanical Systems Lab

Microelectromechanical Systems Lab

Dr. John Zhe

Lab-on-a-chip biosensors. Biomedical devices. Smart sensors for machine health monitoring. Smart structures and devices for aerospace engineering. Micro/nano object manipulation. Micro/nano energy harvesting. Nano devices. Optical MEMS. More...

Multi-scale Modeling of Damage and Failure of Materials

Multi-scale Modeling of Damage and Failure of Materials

Dr. Xiaosheng Gao

Computational solid mechanics. Constitutive modeling of advanced materials. Nonlinear fracture mechanics. Constraint effect and toughness scaling. Multi-scale modeling of damage and failure of composite materials. Mechanism-based approaches to simulate material failure process and to predict fracture of structural components. Fatigue life prediction. More...

Performance, Failure Mechanisms and Life of High Temperature Composites

Performance, Failure Mechanisms and Life of High Temperature Composites

Dr. Greg Morscher

Microstructural-based understanding of mechanical performance of ceramic fiber-reinforced ceramic matrix composites. Damage detection and health-monitoring techniques such as acoustic emission and electrical resistivity for composites, structures (e.g., joining and integration of dissimilar materials), and machines. Work with NASA, Air Force, Navy, Goodrich, aero engine companies, and small businesses (SBIR and STTR). More...

Sensors and System Health Monitoring

Sensors and System Health Monitoring

Dr. Fred Choy

Sensing and Health Monitoring of High-speed Rotating Machinery (Bearings, Seals, Gears and Transmissions). Health monitoring using Oil debris and oil properties detections. Self-sensing Health Monitoring of Structures and inspection of Wind Turbine Blades using electrically enhanced thermal sensing systems. Development of a Self-sensing De-icing actuator. Energy Harvesting Systems using Terfenol-D and other magnetostrictive materials. More...