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    Design & Manufacturing


    The research activities in the design and manufacturing area include computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, solid freeform fabrication and multi-sensor coordinate metrology. The research facilities includes the state-of-the-art CNC machine, laser scanner, and computer workstations. The design & manufacturing faculty and research team also has access to various commercial CAD/CAM/CAE software and the state-of-the-art laser deposition process. More



    Dynamics & Control


    Research activities of dynamics and control faculty are centered on navigation, guidance, and control of aerospace and terrestrial systems. Work in the IIT NavLab is focused on the development of modern satellite navigation systems. Current areas of activity include Differential Global Positioning System navigation for aircraft precision landing in zero-visibility conditions, navigation of autonomous Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles, and navigation system integrity. Research activities have been sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Northrop-Grumman, and Boeing. More


    Fluid Dynamics


    The Fluid Dynamics Research Center conducts experimental, analytical and numerical research over a wide range of topics involving flowing fluids. The FDRC has particular expertise in the areas of Flow Control, Navier-Stokes Simulations and Low-Dimensional Modeling, Aeroacoustics, and Contaminant Dispersion simulations. Fluid Dynamics faculty includes four experimentalists and two experts in computations and analysis. Six laboratories in the Engineering 1 building house a variety of high-quality low speed and high speed wind tunnels, anechoic facilities, jet facilities and an axial flow compressor research facility. Our current research is supported by AFOSR, NSF, Boeing, Honeywell, DARPA, and ONR. More


    Materials Science & Engineering


    Research in Materials Science and Engineering is focused on materials processing, mechanical properties and alloy development. Experimental research studies benefit from very well equipped laboratories with some unique capabilities. Modeling and simulation of materials processing and alloy thermodynamics forms a second thrust of activities. Many of the research programs are sponsored by the Thermal Processing Technology Center, which undertakes research to support the needs of the materials processing and manufacturing industries. The center performs high quality basic and applied research in thermal processing technology of interest to the primary metals and manufacturing industry. Multi-disciplinary research teams are used to provide innovative, crosscutting technological solutions to industrial materials processing problems. More


    Solids & Structures


    The solids and structures group employs experimental, analytical, and computational techniques to study the behavior of conventional and advanced materials (including biological) at the nano-, micro-, and macroscales. Experimental facilities include a new dynamic testing lab equipped with state-of-the-art data acquisition systems. Current research focuses on topology and rate effects in cellular solids, thermomechanical coupling in high-rate deformation processes, micromechanics of composites, modeling of nanoscale composite structures subjected to thermal cycling, and biomechanics. More


    Thermal Sciences


    The research facilities of Thermal Sciences group comprise the Heat Transfer Enhancement and Two - Phase Flow Laboratory, Advanced Thermal & Environmental Systems Research Laboratory, and Combustion Laboratory. The research is sponsored by NSF, NASA, and other organizations such as Gas Technology Institute. The experimental and theoretical studies include both, macro and micro scales. More