Research

Our research programs for graduate and undergraduate students provide an unmatched experience having access to state-of-the-art computational facilities and experimental capabilities.

Research

News

Crimson Racing Team Speeds to Impressive FSAE Finish

The University of Alabama Crimson Racing team recently finished in fifth place overall out of 120 registered teams at the 2022 International Formula SAE® series competition (FSAE) at Michigan International...

UA Robotics Team Claims Another Title

Once again UA’s student team dominated an annual NASA robotics competition, claiming its seventh title in a row and eight out of the past nine championships.

UA EcoCAR Team Finishes Strong in National Vehicle Contest

A team of students from The University of Alabama racked up several awards in the nation’s premier automotive engineering competition.

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Research Areas

UA’s Department of Mechanical Engineering Faculty is grouped into three interconnected but distinct disciplinary groups; Dynamic Systems & Control (DSC), Materials Processing & Manufacturing (MPM), and ThermoFluids Science (TFS). Each of these Departmental Disciplinary Group (DDG) is further broken into horizontally interconnected “Research Thrust Areas (RTAs)”. Our diverse faculty conduct research in all of these areas while concentrating in a more specific discipline or area as follows:

Specialized Research Units

The Department of Mechanical Engineering also directs four specialized research units:

Alabama Industrial Assessment Center

The Alabama IAC is one of 31 Industrial Assessment Centers nationwide. The IAC program is sponsored by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.

Alabama IMaDE

The premier hub for multidisciplinary research and education in intelligent and advanced manufacturing systems and processes.

Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies

The Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies (CAVT) is a University of Alabama Research Center dedicated to the advancement of vehicle technology.

Manufacturing at the Point-of-Need Center

An interdisciplinary research and development Center that consists of world-class expertise in materials, manufacturing, engineering design, business management, and logistics.

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Laboratories

Advanced and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (AIMS) LaboratoryDr. Nader Jalili
In this research laboratory, four main areas of research and education are pursued. 1) Dynamic Systems, Control, and Automation 2) Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Manufacturing Systems 3) Future Manufacturing with Human Robot Teams and finally 4) Mechatronic and Manufacturing Systems Education.

Advanced Hierarchical Materials by Design (AdHiMaD) LaboratoryDr. Kasra Momeni
The main area of research in the AdHiMaD lab expertise is developing theoretical/numerical tools to understand the multiscale/physics response of materials and designing experimental procedures to make superior materials. Various modeling techniques, including atomistic simulations, mesoscale phase-field approach, and macroscale continuum methods, along with experimental techniques such as in situ TEM and scanning probe microscopy, are utilized to achieve this goal.

The Control of Human and Robotic Systems (CHARS) Laboratory is rooted in both theory and application. From a theoretical perspective, Lyapunov- and passivity-based approaches are utilized to design and validate stabilizing adaptive controllers for nonlinear, switched, hybrid, and uncertain dynamical systems. Correspondingly, the laboratory applies the controllers to various applications including functional electrical stimulation, rehabilitation, robotics, exoskeletons, human-robot interaction, additive friction stir deposition, and many others.

Biomechanics Laboratory – This laboratory contains work space for design and construction of devices to aid in health maintenance. Computer facilities in the lab are equipped with software for both lumped-mass and finite element modeling of the human body.

Combustion and Reactive Flow Laboratory – This teaching and research laboratory contains a holographic interferometer, a high-speed imaging system, a laser-induced fluorescence system, and a particle image velocimetry system. The laboratory supports research on topics such as microgravity combustion, reactive turbulent flows, propulsion, and internal combustion engine applications.

Design Clinic Laboratory – This laboratory consists of a design library, conference space, audio/visual equipment, telephone centers, and a presentation area for Design Clinic Industrial Project activities.

Instrumentation Laboratories – These labs provide a variety of experimental equipment and instruments to support the teaching of basic instrumentation for mechanical systems and thermal fluid systems.

Machining Research Laboratory – This laboratory contains basic machine tools such as milling machines, lathes, drill presses, and a 10-hp CNC turning center. The laboratory supports research on machining areas (e.g. machining of advanced materials for process development, modeling, and optimization). The laboratory also supports teaching of introduction to manufacturing processes.

Metrology Laboratory – This laboratory contains metrology instruments, including a Leitz measuring microscope, a Brown & Sharpe Coordinate Measuring Machine, and other gages. The laboratory supports research on metrology-related issues in manufacturing such as precision and surface finish. The laboratory also supports teaching needs on fundamental metrology in manufacturing.

Numerical Modeling Laboratory – This laboratory features high-performance workstations with expanded storage and various I/O devices for efficient modeling of fluids and transport phenomena.

Robotics and Automation Laboratory – This laboratory supports instrumentation and research in the areas of robotics, imaging systems, computer-mechanical interfacing, control systems, and computer-integrated manufacturing.

Structural Acoustics Laboratory – Dr. Steve Shepard
Focus areas: to develop new technologies in the areas of structural vibrations and acoustics. By gaining a fundamental understanding of the generation, transmission and radiation mechanisms associated with sound and vibration, the needs of industry, government and engineering education can be met.

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Seminar Series

Speaker Invitation for SPRING 2022 ME Seminar Series

Date Time Speaker Title Venue

01/25/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dr. Nader Jalili and Dr. Steve Shepard (ME) Research Ethics and ME Research overview North Lawn 2007

02/01/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dr. Juyoung Leem (Stanford University) Data-driven design and engineering of materials systems Zoom

02/08/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dr. Jae Sung Park (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) When fluid mechanics meets electrokinetics: applications to flow batteries and reverse osmosis North Lawn 2007

02/15/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dr. Joonsik Hwang (Mississippi State University) Comprehensive Understanding on Plume Dynamics in Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) Sprays North Lawn 2007

02/22/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dr. Wonmo Kang (Arizona State University) Cavitation in soft materials for brain injury application Zoom

03/01/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM UA Counselling Center Stress management and stress reduction North Lawn 2007

03/08/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dr. Joseph Meadows (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University) Rotating Detonation Engines – Disruptive Technology for Next Generation Power Generation Systems and Propulsion Systems North Lawn 2007

03/22/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Charles E. Baukal Jr., Ph.D., Ed.D., P.E. Is Hydrogen the Fuel of the Future? North Lawn 2007

03/29/2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Mr. Lance Simpson (UA Rodgers Science and Engineering Library) Research Strategies and Library Resources for Mechanical Engineering North Lawn 2007

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