Bowen Lab Projects - Other

Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitat Engineering (RETH)

The goal of this project is to develop the expertise needed to address the grand challenge of permanent human settlements outside Earth.

Solar Cooling and Heating System

The solar absorption cooling and heating system (SACH) located at Bowen Lab of Purdue is the first high temperature SACH system composed of stationary solar concentrators and a double effect absorption chiller. This system primarily uses 100 m2 stationary eXternal Compound Parabolic Concentrating collectors (XCPC) and a 23 kW double-effect absorption chiller to provide the cooling and heating demands.

Structural Integrity of Steel Gravity Framing Systems - Purdue Slab Component Tests

Component tests on the concrete slab on metal deck include uniaxial tests to evaluate behavior in both orthogonal directions with respect to the deck corrugations, and shear and tension tests of the sidelap splices. Parameters include metal deck thickness and type of sidelap (e.g., button punch, screw, weld). This study is part of a collaborative research project with U. Washington (connection tests) and U.Illinois (system tests). Test results will be used to validate and update computational models for evaluation of robustness of steel buildings.

Empowering the Scientific Community with Streaming Data Middleware: Software Integration into Complex Science Environments

This project addresses a key cyberinfrastructure requirement for these communities -- robust and reliable streaming data middleware known as Open Source Data Turbine (OSDT). This collaborative project combines strategic software developments with deep engagement in three science communities: civil engineering, marine science, and ecology.

Cyber-Physical Instrument for Real-time Hybrid Structural Testing (MRI)

This project focuses on the development of an instrument to integrate physical and simulated components of an RTHS. The goal is to integrate these under a common reusable middleware architecture for flexible and reconfigurable use.

Cyber-Physical Co-Design of Wireless Monitoring and Control for Civil Infrastructure

The objective of this research is to develop advanced distributed monitoring and control systems for civil infrastructure. The approach uses a cyber-physical co-design of wireless sensor-actuator networks and structural monitoring and control algorithms.

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