Every Spring, Innovation Park bustles with local community members who are curious to explore the research laboratories of the area's leading experimental and theoretical thinkers. On February 22nd, the AME building showcased fan favorites such as the infrared imaging of ice cream ingestion, smoke vortex target practice, and another afternoon with AME's favorite humanoid, CASSIE. Check out some of the highlights and images from the event, and be sure to make it out next year!
Aeropropulsion, Mechatronics, and Energy Center
The Aero-Propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy (AME) Center at Florida State University focuses on the development of transformational research programs to foster cross-cutting technologies.
Polysonic Wind Tunnel
The next-generation Polysonic Wind Tunnel at FSU is a blow-down wind tunnel and allows researchers to run tests between a Mach number of 0.2 to 5.0 including transonic speeds.
The Center for Intelligent Systems, Control, and Robotics (CISCOR) uses state-of-the-art technology to develop practical solutions to problems in systems, control and robotics for applications in industry and government.
Power Science Lab
Focusing on solving tomorrow's energy storage problems today, including through investigation of advanced capacitor technology.
Subsonic Wind Tunnel
FCAAP houses the Subsonic Wind Tunnel which allows for high-fidelity aerodynamic testing. The facility is a single-pass, Eiffel-styled wind tunnel which is driven by a 200 hp suck-down fan, which minimizes noise through the test section.
Anechoic Wind Tunnel
The FSU Anechoic Wind Tunnel is an open-circuit subsonic facility. It is used for aerodynamic and aeroacoustic studies of various flow-induced noise phenomenon and boasts state-of-the-art experimental fluid dynamic and aeroacoustic measurement capabilities.
Anechoic Jet Facility
Located in AME's Aeropropulsion Lab, this lab produces high-temperature, high-speed airflow that is essential to accurately simulate the exhaust from a jet engine
Technologies for the Next Generation
AME was formed to meet the needs of rapidly evolving and highly competitive fields. The Center aims to train and sustain a much-needed highly skilled workforce, to design and develop new technologies and products, and to transition technology to applications in a timely and efficient manner.
AME is very excited to now house the Computational and Theoretical Multiphysics Laboratory of Dr. Kourosh Shoele! Kourosh has been very busy lately, applying mathematical and computational tools to assist in the missions of the center. Dr. Shoele has recently been awarded grants from NSF (CAREER Award) as well as NASA--not to mention, his DARPA young faculty award! He's even collaborating with our Mechatronics researchers to assist in problems of biomechanics. With the recent renovation of AME's computational physics lab, Kourosh and his team will be collaborating even closer to other computational and mechanical engineering researchers. Kudos Kourosh!
AME is proud to welcome to the center two new faculty this semester, Dr. S. Unnikrishnan (Unni) & Dr. Brandon Krick! Unni comes to us from The Ohio State University and brings years of experience in the field of aerospace engineering with an emphasis on computation & simulation. Brandon comes to us from Lehigh University and has interests at the intersection of mechanical engineering, materials science, and surface physics. We are very excited to host two extremely talented, multidisciplinary researchers and to see what innovative collaborations arise!
AME is happy to announce that its multidisciplinary investigations will now extend into the forest! Dr. Neda Yaghoobian, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering will be teaming up with the Department of Scientific Computing at FSU, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservatory to study smoke plumes from prescribed fire. This $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense will help assist land managers in better understanding when and how to best use the technique.