High Tech with a Human Touch
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Dynamic Systems and Controls
Co-Directors Hector Gutierrez, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering & Y. I. Sharaf-Eldeen, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
The Dynamic Systems and Controls Laboratory (DSC) supports a variety of research and teaching activities in dynamic systems, including machinery monitoring and fault diagnosis, real-time control, computer-based instrumentation and mechatronics. Current research activities include: (1) Real-time, on-line vibration and angular motion measurements and analyses to develop condition monitoring and maintenance information systems for power generation and transmission systems and components in rotating machinery; (2) Frequency response of model structures to low frequency, earthquake vibrations; (3) System identification of magnetic suspension systems for a range of gaps and dynamic conditions. State-of-the-art sensors and data acquisition systems are utilized in remote, wireless monitoring and control applications using the Internet.Real time control and mechatronics activities include: (1) Nonlinear control of magnetic suspension systems focused on high-precision positioning applications. A 2-D magnetically levitated machine for semiconductor manufacturing is being developed with support of NSF; (2) Hybrid control of seismically-excited nonlinear buildings using distributed tuned mass dampers; (3) Vision-based automated alignment by hybrid video and video-Moire techniques; (4) Micro-processor based control systems, e.g., small mobile robots and robot arms, etc; (5) Automation projects.The DSC Lab has modern hardware and software for computer based instrumentation and instrument control.