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Greetings and Welcome to the Composite Materials Laboratory

Thank you for visiting the CML Website. This website is designed to be used both a resource for users of the CML as well as to inform others of the kinds of things we do here. Please look around and enjoy your visit.

The Composite Materials Laboratory in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics was established in 1973 by Professor C. T. Sun who remains as Director to this date. The first major piece of equipment was the 11 kip MTS machine. Since then other composites manufacturing and testing facilities have been added. Moreover, the lab space has also been significantly increased. In 1993, the name of the lab was changed to McDonnell Douglas Composite Materials Laboratory in appreciation of a gift fund from McDonnell Douglas Foundation.

The Lab has been used mainly for research in composite materials and structures. It is also used for student projects in connection with the course AAE555 on composites taught each year by Professor Sun. Besides composites, there are other research activities including fracture mechanics and smart materials and structures.

If you are considering graduate work at Purdue, feel free to contact us for more information or to arrange a visit when you are in the area.

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