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September 26, 2016

Mechanical Clock from 1895 Still Ticking at Purdue

Mechanical clocks seem appropriate to showcase in a Mechanical Engineering building -- but there's more to this clock than meets the eye. Professor Galen King gives the history of the Heavilon Hall clock: built in 1895, found and fully restored by Jack Fessler, and now proudly keeping time in the Gatewood wing of the Mechanical Engineering building at Purdue University.
September 22, 2016

What's that racquet?

It's Mechanical Engineering grad student (and racquetball aficionado) Jeff Alperovich.
September 20, 2016

The Physics Behind Your Favorite Rollercoasters

Travel + Leisure published an article about the science behind some of the country's best thrill rides. The author quotes Jeffrey Rhoads, professor of Mechanical Engineering and advisor to Purdue's Theme Park Engineering and Design club.
September 15, 2016

German and USA Students Learn About Refrigeration Together

Graduate students from Purdue teamed up with students from Dresden, Germany to complete an international course in refrigeration and compressors. They spent one week at the Technical University of Dresden, collaborated long-distance over the summer, and then convened for one week at Purdue University's Herrick Labs to present their final projects.
September 14, 2016

Hybrid cooling system jointly developed by Purdue and Toyota

A team of researchers from Purdue University and the Toyota Research Institute of North America are developing a new cooling technology for hybrid and electric vehicles. The technology under development uses "jet impingement" to enhance cooling by flowing the coolant in a perpendicular direction, producing jets that wash across a hot surface and improving heat transfer.
September 9, 2016

MakerPad Brings 3D Printing to the Average Person

In the 21st century, 3D printing should be easy -- but it isn't. What will it take for the average person to design something in 3D, and easily convert it into a physical object? MakerPad is a new online platform that allows anyone to design and print objects in 3D, using their smartphone. It uses the same smartphone gestures you already know: tilt, swipe, pinch, move. It also uses the phone's cameras to re-create existing objects, and allow you to easily manipulate them. Then the online platform easily enables the object to be sent to a 3D printer or laser cutter. And because it's an online platform, MakerPad can take advantage of the latest cutting edge hardware: whether it's a new smartphone, a video game controller, or a VR headset.
September 2, 2016

Beautiful Research features hypergolic propellants

A new website highlighting "Beautiful Research" features the work of the Hypergolic Propellants Lab at Zucrow Labs. Hypergolics are substances that instantly combust when they come into contact with each other.
August 30, 2016

Dust Furniture: the Beauty of Mechanical Engineering

Vincent Leman (BSME '00) has a love for all things artistic, and all things mechanical: so he combined them into one passion for building beautiful furniture. Dust Furniture pieces have abstract curves, otherworldly angles... and a solid basis in Mechanical Engineering. In this alumni profile, Vincent talks about how his education at Purdue informs the design and manufacture of his unique furniture.
August 22, 2016

From Rube Goldberg to SpongeBob: you never know where engineering will take you!

David Keefe and Alex Weaver met at Purdue, learning how to build Rube Goldberg machines: including a Guinness world record holder. After graduation, they started their own business, Euclid Machine and Design, designing and fabricating custom items. Their most recent project? The SpongeBob Musical! For the musical's world premiere in Chicago, Euclid designed and built several chain reaction machines: spinning, banging on drums, and even launching balls onto the stage! You never know where Mechanical Engineering at Purdue will take you!
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