The AME Center serves as an incubator for cross-disciplinary research involving researchers in the 3 core research areas, as well as faculty and scientists from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and other STEM disciplines. An example of this synergy is the application of the mechatronic group's novel optimal adaptive control technology to problems in flow control, a specialty of the aero-propulsion group.
The CEE Environmental Engineering Laboratory is equipped to carry out fundamental and applied research on water treatment, landfilling, resource recovery, and bioremediation. Key equipment includes:
The department has a large laboratory space for material and structural testing. There are three material testing frames and actuators, as well as equipment dedicated for concrete specimen testing. The capacities for material testing actuators are: 30 kN (quasi-static only) and 50 kN (two machines; dynamic/cyclic). The laboratory has a strong floor to enable full-scale testing of structures until failure. There are two actuators and a large testing frame. The capacities of two actuators are 500 kN and 250 kN, both controlled by hydraulic pressure with the ability to apply dynamic/cyclic loading.
The Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP Center) is a multidisciplinary collaboration organized to conduct research in the primary area of transportation engineering, as well as performing educational and outreach programs. With motivation from Florida's large number of senior residents, the reported relatively high involvement of seniors in traffic crashes nationwide, and their special needs for transportation, the theme of the center is to provide safe and accessible transportation to the aging population. The center is supported by a strong research team from various disciplines including civil engineering, urban planning, geography, psychology, and health care management.
The Crashworthiness & Impact Analysis Laboratory - The State of Florida acquires about 300 cutaway buses every year. The Transit Office of the Florida Department of Transportation established the Crashworthiness Evaluation of Cutaway Buses Program in 1999. The Crashworthiness Evaluation Program has a mission of using a cutting edge computational mechanics and experimentation to ensure the safest paratransit services in the State of Florida. CIAL research interests and expertise include applied computational mechanics and numerical analysis, non-linear, dynamic finite element methods, computer modeling, contact, impact and penetration problems, crashworthiness, safety, vulnerability and survivability, energetic materials and detonation science.
The multidisciplinary High-Performance Materials Institute (HPMI) performs research for emerging advanced composites, nanomaterials, multifunctional materials and devices, and advanced manufacturing. Currently, HPMI is involved in four primary technology areas: High-Performance Composite and Nanomaterials, Structural Health Monitoring, Multifunctional Nanomaterials Advanced Manufacturing and Process Modeling. Over the last several years, HPMI has proven a number of technology concepts that have the potential to narrow the gap between research and practical applications of nanotube-based materials.
The Florida A&M University – Florida State University College of Engineering maintains a Machine shop for support of research programs and of undergraduate and graduate education. The Machine Shop assists students, faculty, and staff with their cutting edge research and education by providing the necessary knowledge, equipment, and experience in machining and fabrication. In addition to offering the latest in CAD/CAM programs, the COE Machine Shop is equipped with a Haas CNC lathe, Haas CNC mills, and an Omax water jet machining center, enabling the shop to offer a high level of part accuracy for a variety of manufacturing processes.
For more information or to request services, visit the machine shop web page.
The RIDER Center promotes all-inclusive and equitable disaster resilience for vulnerable populations and probes the underlying causes of disaster vulnerability in communities. This is done while accounting for infrastructure characteristics and social needs. Their significance is assessed through various computational methods such as machine learning, causality, and regression models. These goals are critical since the associated risks are heterogeneous across population groups and space dependent on the available network, infrastructure, land use, and other localized conditions.
Transportation Engineering Laboratory aims to develop innovative and novel solutions to meeting mobility, accessibility and safety needs. Fully equipped with the state of the art equipment and software, the laboratory research areas include connected and automated vehicles, smart cities and urban mobility, freight logistics and traffic operations and safety.