Structures and 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.


Composites Manufacturing & Simulation Center (CMSC)
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.

More about the Composites Manufacturing & Simulation Center:

  • 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
Advanced Computational Materials and Experimental Evaluation 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.

More about the Advanced Computational Materials and Experimental Evaluation Laboratory:

  • Lead Professor: Michael Sangid
  • Location: ARMS B119
  • Physical basis of failure mechanisms (fatigue, fracture, etc.)
  • Coupled simulations and "in situ" experiments for model validation
  • Accelerated qualification of structural materials
  • Lab Website
Interfacial Multiphysics Lab

Interfacial Multiphysics Lab is focused on advancing Mechanical Raman Spectroscopy (MRS), an analytical experimental method developed by lab members (US Patent 9,778,194), to solve important extreme environment operational problems in energy, aerospace, and defense.

More about the Interfacial Multiphysics Lab:

  • Lead Professor: Vikas Tomar
  • Location: ARMS B145
  • Energy and energetic materials
  • In-situ shock loading analyses
  • Hypersonics and space environment testing
  • Data science and machine learning aided extreme environment sensor design
  • Battery management systems
  • Additive manufacturing with emphasis on integrating cold spray for space and extreme environments
  • Lab Website
Impact Science Lab

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

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Multiscale Structural Mechanics Lab
Multiscale Structural Mechanics Lab

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.

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TNT laboratories
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.

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