Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Laboratories

Following is a partial list of laboratories in our department.

ACRES – Advanced Composite Research, Engineering and Science

Aerospace Design GroupAerospace Wind Tunnel Facility – Wind tunnel computational projects, such as predictions of boundary layers and lift performance.

Biofluid and Cellular Mechanics Laboratory – Projects related to the role of arterial fluid mechanics in the development of atherosclerosis and neointimal hyperplasia.

Bioinstrumentation and BioMEMS Laboratory – Research, design, and implementation of analytical sensors for extremely small concentrations of chemical and biological materials.

Biomechanical Engineering in Sports Laboratory – Projects related to cycling, skiing, and snowboarding biomechanics.

Biosolid Mechanics – Mechanics related to the understanding and description of biological systems.

Combustion Laboratory – Interdisciplinary research projects in combustion and chemically reacting flows. For example, diamond synthesis and turbulent flames.

Environmental Aerodynamics – Study of effects of wind near earth’s surface, such as SF Giants Stadium site layout.

Heat Transfer Laboratory – Study of convective heat transfer for applications such as gas turbine blades and cooling of electronics.

Green Transportation Laboratory (GTL) – Design, test, in-situ neutron radiography and numerical modeling on Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells and Li Batteries. UC Davis Formula SAE Hybrid Racing Team Project.

Hydrogen Production and Utilization Laboratory – Study of hydrocarbon reformation via steam and autothermal reforming methods, renewable hydrogen production, hydrogen clean-up methods, optimization of fuel cell vehicles and fuel cell power systems, Hydrogen combustion, demonstration and operation of a Heavy-Duty Fuel Cell Transit Bus.

Integration Engineering Laboratory – Interdisciplinary study of manufacturing enterprises and related infrastructure, including “agile manufacturing,” mechatronics, human-machine interaction, and factory automation.

Intelligent Manufacturing Laboratory – Development of software and automation technologies, including tools, robots, computers, and instruments, with application to mechatronics and manufacturing process design and control.

Material Performance Laboratory – Study of material endurance using mechanical testing, simulation, residual stress measurements, and advanced data acquisition systems.

Orthopedics Biomechanics Laboratory – Research related to the prevention, treatment, repair and rehabilitation of injuries to soft tissue structures primarily in the human knee.

Scaled Model Aerospace Research and Testing Laboratory – Development of advanced concepts for various Aerospace and space vehicle systems and subsystems such as satellites, aircraft, space planes, launch vehicles, and planetary landing-recovery systems.

Sensors and Microelectromechanical Systems — Biosensors can be used to detect compounds in biological fluids or in the environment.

Sports Biomechanics Laboratory – Study of athletic performance and mechanics using modeling, simulation and measurement.