Design of composite-based tools and measurement of their biomechanical
of human falls and the development active protection systems.
(see Research Program link for a
complete list of active projects)
Research Opportunities for Graduate and Undergraduate Students
are available to study and develop new mechanical components, systems and
processes for several applications.
Development of Active Deployment Systems to
Prevent Injuries During Human Falls.
of this work will be to design and test several different structures that can
protect (pad) the hip region during a fall. The intent is to develop a
"smart" system that can sense when someone is falling and deploy a protective
bag. This work will involve full scale testing using our machine for
simulating human falls. Sponsored by the DuPont Co.
Development of New Belt Tracking and
Tensioning System for Large Flat Belts.
is to improve belt performance and life on machines that use large flat belts
like round balers. Opportunities included the development of a test stand
to evaluate alternate belt configurations, and designing prototyping and testing
new pulleys and guides for improved belt tracking. Sponsored by Case-New
Sensing and Automation of Composite
objective of the research is to understand and automate manufacturing processes
for polymers and polymer composites. Current opportunities include the
development and testing of better resin delivery during the infusion of fiber
preforms to insure complete wetting of all fibers. Another are of work is
the design of composite components for improved structural performance and
Forensics of Several Consumer Product
projects included exemplar testing, accident recreation, and the use of other
forensic analysis techniques to understand the causes (and cures) for several
accidents and consumer product failures involved in litigation.
provide opportunities for fundamental research (modeling and simulation),
applied research (design, fabrication, and testing), or both. In addition, this
work will give you the chance to interact and collaborate with the companies
cooperating on these projects. Opportunities exist for sophomores, juniors and
seniors in engineering and science, as well as graduate students in Mechanical
Engineering. Students may work for salary/stipend or credit.
If you would
like to learn more about these and other research projects in the lab, click the
Research Programs link above for more detailed information.