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Kettering University - 2016

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Research Description By Graduate Engineering Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sponsored research in 2015-16 in ECE centers around three laboratories. The Advanced Power Electronics Laboratory (APEL)
developed state-of-the-art prototypes of various electrified vehicle power-electronic subsystems for industrial customers. The Research in Engineering and Collaborative Haptics (REACH) Laboratory was sponsored to develop medical-related haptic
applications. The High Voltage Laboratory was sponsored by industry contracts to study failure mechanisms in electric motor windings in electrified-vehicle applications

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

The faculty members comprising the Energy Systems Research Group have diverse academic and industrial experience. They are engaged in teaching, research and consulting activities in all energy-related areas. They provide solutions to challenging Thermal-Fluid problems. Some of their areas of ongoing research are: Acoustic Measurements for Low and High Speed Flow; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Flow Visualization and PIV; Radiative Heat Transfer; Heat Transfer in Electronic Assemblies; Automotive Applications of Heat Exchangers; Automotive Climate Control and Engine Cooling; Combustion and Emissions Analysis and Measurements; Rocket Engine Flow Field and Performance Calculations; Plasma Etching; and, CAE Mesh Modeling.
The Engine Research Group utilizes a fully instrumented state-of-the-art engine test cell combined with computational fluid dynamics to support the research and testing needs of the automotive industry. Research topics include: the Study of Performance Characteristics of Spark and Compression Ignition Engines; Internal Combustion Engine Simulations; Alternative Fuels Research; Modeling In-cylinder Flows; Combustion and Fuel Injection and Sprays for Direct and Port Injection.
The Gemini Research Group conducts research at the interface of Chemistry and Biology. Faculty members have diverse academic backgrounds in Organic, bi-organic, and ploymer chemistry. Research topics include: Organic Synthesis & Characterization; Polymer Synthesis & Characterization; Polymer Structure/Property Relationships; Industrial Coatings & Adhesives; Heavy Metal Chemical Analysis; Mechanistic Study of Enzymatic Reactions; Analytical Method Development; Hazardous Material Management; Protein Purification & Characterization; and Ames Mutagenesis Testing.
The Biomedical Engineering Research Group is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team whose work includes the development of devices to improve clinicians' ability to diagnose and treat debilitating diseases such as arthritis, fibromyaligia, and myofacial pain sydrome. Additional efforts include research on the biomechanics of injury and injury prevention, which is used by the automotive industry to improve safety equipment in automobiles. Other areas of interest to this group include Biochemical Analysis, Enzymology, Protein Purification and Characterization, High Pressure Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography and UV/Visible Spectroscopy.

Mechanical Engineering

1.Developing federal safety standards for child safety seats.
2.Developing an understanding of how biogas (mainly methane + carbon dioxide) can be used to fuel internal combustion engines
3.Developing an understanding of flow patterns in an automotive transmission to improve efficiency
4.Developing an understanding of the effects of mid-level ethanol blends on internal combustion engines
5.Developing fuel cell + reformer system for use as an auxiliary power unit for idling long-haul trucks

Research Description By Engineering Research Center