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The University of Alabama - 2016

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Research Description

Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

Aerodynamics, orbital mechanics, experimental and computation fluid dynamics and heat transfer, high speed compressible flow, turbulent flow, propulsion, wind tunnel design; aircraft structural analysis, finite element methods, mechanics and dynamics of flexible flight vehicles, aero-servo-elasticity, loads, structural stability; deformation processing of materials, MEMS gyroscopes, plasticity analysis, constitutive modeling, high rate testing, impact testing, penetration mechanics, nonlinear mechanics, cyclic metal plasticity, structural durability, multi-axial fatigue, applied mathematics; vibroacoustics, rocket noise, data acquisition and instrumentation, fault detection and condition monitoring in electric motors, engines, and rotorcraft; intelligent systems and its application to flight control, flight dynamics and control, real-time man-in-the-loop simulation, applied optimal control and estimation, neural networks, artificial intelligence; fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms, and machine learning.

Chemical Engineering

Innovative materials; environmentally benign chemical processing; air pollution abatement; information storage
materials; colloid dynamics; polymer rheology; hydrodynamic stability; fuel cell technology; transport in porous
media; microelectronic materials; controlled release technology; polymer hydrogels; air pollution control; global
environmental change; microelectroechanical systems; plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition; and models for
complex/reacting systems.

Civil , Construction and Environmental Engineering

The University Transportation Center for Alabama (UTCA) is a 3-campus consortium consisting of the University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The purpose of the Center is to advance technology and expertise in transportation through education, research, and technology transfer. The UTCA has chosen as its theme "management and safety of transportation systems" and will conduct the bulk of its research in that area. Other research includes: water quality/quantity management, water/wastewater treatment, separation processes for metals in environmental remediation, soil and groundwater remediation technologies and management strategies, structural integrity monitoring; hydrologic extremes and water resource management; storm water treatment and management; longwall mining strata control; climatic change effects; and engineering education improvement.

Computer Science

Research in software engineering (component engineering, software testing), artificial intelligence, database systems (large-scale and real-time databases), algorithms, networking (ATM networks, mobile computing), distributed systems, and human-computer interfaces.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Communications; computer systems and engineering; control devices and systems; electromagnetics; electromechanical systems; electronic materials (crystal and thin film); electronics and microelectronics; ferroelectrics; microelectromechanical systems (MEMS); power electronics; power systems; and signal processing.

Mechanical Engineering

The Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies was established with a $4.0M grant from the USDOT. The Center is well positioned for a guiding role in advancing new transportation vehicle technologies such as: advanced propulsion power plants such as electric, alternative fuels, hybrid-power and fuel cells; ultra-low emission systems; light-weight and smart materials; intelligent systems for controls; and low noise and acoustically design systems.
The Center has a number of funded research programs aimed towards: 1) Developing a new generation of vehicles with high energy efficiencies, ultra-low emissions, and increased safety, 2) Conceiving and applying computer-based tools for modeling and analyzing transportation systems and vehicle components such as the engine, suspension, and power transmission equipment, 3) Discovering, through research and development, new technologies for advancing the vehicular state-of-the-art, 4) Disseminating advanced technology through student education, interactions with industrial partners and outreach activities to regional industry.

The mission of the Machine Process and Product Design (MPPD) Center is to develop, coordinate, and transfer best practices in manufacturing, machine design, and product design for manufacturing. The MPPD Center is fulfilling this mission with teamed research between the MPPD and industry, timely technology transfer to manufacturers, and increased understanding of technological innovation in industry. These efforts are specifically targeted to meet the immediate and long-term needs of regional and national manufacturing firms. The MPPD Center is aligned with the core manufacturing tasks of integrating design, analysis, development testing, and fabrication.

Research thrusts are currently in the areas of automation and machine design, metrology and precision engineering, advanced manufacturing, developmental test, analysis and quality control, and machine controls, sensors, and actuators.

Other research is also being conducted in the Machining Research Lab, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Lab, Internal Combustion Engines Lab, Sound Quality and Acoustics Lab, Dynamics and Vibration Lab, Laser Diagnostics Lab, Heat Transfer Lab, Metrology and Precision Engineering Lab, Computational Fluid Dynamics Lab, and Robotics, Controls and Automation Lab.

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Corrosion phenomena; microgravity effects on solidification; thermodynamics; high temperature materials; thin film technology; magnetic materials; and chemical and process metallurgy.

Research Description By Engineering Research Center