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Structures & Materials

Structures and Materials emphasizes the study of structural analysis, structural dynamics, structural design, and behavior of aerospace materials. This includes courses that deal with the principles of mechanics and the theoretical, computational, and experimental techniques necessary to ensure the structural integrity of aerospace vehicles. Response to, and failure of, both materials and structures subjected to static and dynamic loads and thermal corrosive and radiation environments are investigated theoretically and observed experimentally.

Facilities

Composites Manufacturing & Simulation Center (CMSC)

The Composites Manufacturing & Simulation Center is driving composites manufacturing into the future by furthering the development and use of composites simulation.

Composites Manufacturing & Simulation Center (CMSC)

  • Lead Professor: R. Byron Pipes
  • Location: Indiana Manufacturing Institute, Purdue Research Park
  • Part of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)
  • Composite materials manufacturing
  • Lab Website
Advanced Computational Materials and Experimental Evaluation (ACME2) Laboratory

The ACME2 laboratory develops computational materials models for failure of structural aerospace materials with experimental validation efforts focused at characterization of the stress/strain evolution at the microstructural scale during in situ loading.

Advanced Computational Materials and Experimental Evaluation (ACME2) Laboratory

  • Lead Professor: Michael Sangid
  • Location: ARMS B119
  • 3 computer-controlled electro-hydraulic test machines
  • Creep-test rig
  • Lab Website
Interfacial Multiphysics Lab

Using nanoscale to mesoscale high strain rate impact experiments combined with multiphysical measurements at these scales based on nanomechanical Raman spectroscopy for advancements in “interface by choice” structural and functional materials for energy, aerospace, biomedical, and defense applications.

Interfacial Multiphysics Lab

  • Lead Professor: Vikas Tomar
  • Location: ARMS B145
  • Microstructure dependent material failure
  • Integrated computational materials manufacturing
  • Lab Website
Impact Science Lab

The Impact Science Lab develops innovative experimental methods for characterization of materials at high rates of deformation.

Impact Science Lab

Multiscale Structural Mechanics

The mission of Multiscale Structural Mechanics Lab is to advance predictive capabilities for aerospace structures/materials and train students with analysis fundamentals and job-ready skills to realize the grand vision of design, manufacturing, and certification aerospace structures/materials by analysis.

Multiscale Structural Mechanics

tnt laboratories

tnt laboratories is at the forefront of multi-functional materials including modeling, development, characterization, and applications such as structural health monitoring, self-sensing, and adaptive actuation.

tnt laboratories