September 28, 2022

Tian Li to develop 'living' wood building materials

Tian Li and Fu Zhao are part of a team which has received a $958,000 grant from Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a transformational “living” wood building material, with the strength of steel, self-healing capabilities, and combined carbon-sequestering benefits from wood and microbes.
September 22, 2022

Building-within-a-building enables customized thermal comfort, delivered through the walls

With today’s “smart” homes, you can activate lights and air-conditioning with a simple verbal request. But are these systems really “smart” enough to know which room you’re in? Can they save energy by cooling just one specific corner of the room? That’s the idea behind the Human Building Interactions Laboratory (HBIL), a first-of-its-kind interactive facility at Purdue University that will enable HVAC systems to become truly reconfigurable, right down to the specific wall panels.
August 24, 2022

Purdue house runs entirely on DC power: efficient nano-grid can be powered by solar panels, batteries or local utilities

Did you know there’s a silent war going on inside your home? Alternating current (AC) electricity comes in from the grid, but many of your appliances and lighting run on direct current (DC). Every time you plug in a TV, computer or cell phone charger, power must be individually converted from AC to DC – a costly and inefficient process. Purdue University researchers have proposed a solution to the problem by retrofitting an entire house to run on its own efficient DC-powered nano-grid.
June 30, 2022

Werner Soedel (1936-2022)

Werner Soedel, who served as a professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue for 41 years, has passed away.
May 2, 2022

National security leaders to discuss U.S. innovation in energetic materials during conference at Purdue University

Leaders in defense research will assemble at Purdue University for the 2022 Breakthrough Energetics Conference as the invasion of Ukraine and the shadow of a wider conflict underscore the need for improved domestic supply chains for innovative energetic materials. Purdue University and its Purdue Energetics Research Center (PERC), a national leader in research and in educating domestic professionals in energetic materials — propellants, pyrotechnics and explosives – will host the conference Wednesday and Thursday (May 4-5). The conference is organized by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), in partnership with the NDIA Emerging Technologies Institute (ETI), the Energetics Technology Center (ETC) and Purdue.
March 1, 2022

Air Force chooses Purdue as its Midwest research hub

Purdue was selected as the lead academic partner and headquarters for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Regional Research Hub – Midwest, and will be involved in the development of a science and technology ecosystem across a wide area of 15 states.
February 14, 2022

Morphing wing tested in wind tunnel

Most airplane wings use hydraulic motors to change their shape and control their flight. But associate professor Andres Arrieta is investigating a simpler kind of “morphing” wing, using bi-stable structures to switch a wing’s shape and stiffness with a minimum amount of energy.
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