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Experimental Wind Tunnel Facilities

  • Subsonic: 3’ x 5’ Open Circuit Low Turbulence Wind Tunnel
    • Top speed 150 ft/sec
    • Steady and Unsteady Test Equipment
    • Pressure, Force and Moment Measurements used for many airfoil, wind energy aircraft studies
  • Transonic: 6” x 22” Blowdown Wind Tunnel
    • Airfoil Test – Surface Pressure and Wake Survey
      • M = 0.2 – 1.05,
      • Re/ft = 1 x 106 to 24 x 106
      • On-line Data

6” x 6” Heated Blowdown Tunnel

  • M = 0.6 – 0.8
  • Used for Heat Transfer Measurements on Turbine Blades

6” Diameter Blowdown Wind Tunnel (Now in Assembly)

  • Hypersonic
  • Mach 6
  • P0 = 600 psia T0 = 10000F
  • To be used in NANOTECH Studies

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Energy and Propulsion

OSU GTL Turbine Facility

  • Facility can operate in either shock tube or blowdown mode
  • Turbine stage
    • Design Reynolds number
    • Design flow function, corrected speed, & stage pressure ratio
  • Digital data acquisition system

Fan Spin Pit Facility

  • Operates at speeds up to 6,000 rpm
  • Can run fan with tip dia ≈ 70-inches
  • Has 200-channel slip ring for rotating measurements
  • Machine tool incursion mechanism with variable rate & depth

Gas Dynamics and Turbulence Laboratory (GDTL)

  • Heated jet facility for noise mitigation research in commercial and military aircraft using patented plasma actuators
  • High Reynolds number flow facility currently used for cavity flow control for military aircraft weapon bay application
  • Supersonic tunnel (for inlet flow control and Mauro-optics)

Jet Engine Simulators

  • Array of 1/12 Scale GE Engine Simulators for use in Jet Engine Test Cell Developments
    • Provides Scaled Correct Mass Flow and Thrust

Wind Turbine Gearbox Research of OSU GearLab

  • Simulated roller contact test methodology
  • Both gear and bearing contacts
  • Accelerated tests including the effect of run-in conditions

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Human Factors

Cognitive Systems Engineering Laboratory

  • Computers and software for system development and experimentation
  • Video and audio recording and editing tools for usability studies

Human Performance Center

Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence Research

  • Perceptual Neurodynamics
  • Computational Audition
  • Speech Recognition
  • Language Processing
  • Diagrammatic Reasoning
  • Abductive Inference
  • Computational Learning Theory
  • Applied Machine Learning

Laboratory of Knowledge-Based Medical Systems

Aviation Psychology Laboratory

Orthopaedics Ergonomics Laboratory

  • 6 degree of freedom motion measurement systems
  • Force platforms for obtaining ground reaction forces
  • Strain gauges for measuring the forces exerted as activities are performed
  • Surface electromyographic (EMG) recording equipment

Biodynamics Laboratory

  • Electromyographs (EMG)
  • Lumbar motion monitors (LMM)
  • Muscle oximeters
  • Several types of skeletal motion tracking systems.

Biomechanics Laboratories

  • Back motion dynamic dynamometers
  • Static dynamometers
  • Multi-channel electromyographic systems
  • On-line computer driven motion analysis equipment
  • Desktop and portable computers for data collection and analysis
  • Analog to digital converters
  • Anthropometry equipment
  • Sonic digitizers
  • Intra-abdominal pressure measurement devices
  • Arm and leg dynamometers
  • Telemetry equipment
  • Goniometers and motion sensing systems
  • Specially designed motion measurement devices
  • Vibration table
  • Vibration measurement equipment (whole body and localized)

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Nanotech West Laboratory

  • Electron beam lithography [Vistec® EBPG-5000]
  • Metalorganic chemical vapor deposition [Aixtron/Swan® 3˝x 2˝]
  • Atomic layer deposition [Picosun® SunALE R-150B]
  • Field-emission scanning electron microscopy [Carl Zeiss® Ultra 55 Plus]
  • ICP-RIE, inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etching [Plasma-Therm® SLR 770] and several other plasma etch tools
  • Wafer bonding and micro– and nanoimprint lithography [EVG 520HE]
  • I-V, C-V, L-I-V, microfluidic, and solar device testing
  • Atomic force microscopy [Veeco® 3100, NanoInk®, Asylum® BioAFM]
  • Full Biohybrid Lab
  • Full-flow 100mm process capability including photolithography, wet/dry etching, deposition, oxidation, metrology

ENCOMM NanoSystems Laboratory (ENSL)

  • Focused Ion Beam/Scanning Electron Microscope (FIB/SEM) – FEI Helios Nanolab 600 Dual Beam sophisticated platform for sample preparation, imaging and analysis. High-performance ion column, Platinum deposition, X-ray EDS microanalysis and custom e-beam lithography.
  • SQUID Magnetometer – Quantum Design MPMS system for magnetic sample characterization. A very sensitive tool for measuring DC sample magnetic moment.
  • Atomic Force/Magnetic Force Microscope (AFM/MFM) – Veeco Instruments Dimension 3000 Scanning Probe Microscope with Nanoscope IIIa controller.
  • Langmuir-Blodgett Trough (LBT) – NIMA Technology model 612D trough used for studying properties of monolayers of amphiphilic molecules and for depositing molecular monolayers on various substrates.
  • X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD) – Bruker D8 Discover high-resolution triple-axis X-ray diffractometer with high performance optics for optimum resolution.
  • Low-Temperature Magnetotransport Measurement System (LTMT) – Can be used to measure electrical properties of materials and devices at low temperatures and in magnetic field
  • New instrument acquisitions to be available soon to users include a chemical vapor deposition system, thin film deposition system, and physical properties measurement system.

Center for Chemical and Biophysical Dynamics (CCBD)

  • Femtosecond Laser Sources – The femtosecond systems consist of ca. 35 fs 800 nm Ti:Sapphire seed lasers and high energy regenerative amplifiers. The regenerative amplifiers pump optical parametric amplifiers to generate femtosecond pulses at a variety of wavelengths (from ~240 nm to ~12 microns) using nonlinear frequency conversion.
  • Detection Systems – The detection systems include single-wavelength and array detectors. The experiment and data acquisition is computer-controlled by LabView-based software.
  • Picosecond Fluorescence Lifetime Measurements – For picosecond fluorescence lifetime measurements, a cw mode-locked Nd:YLF laser, capable of producing ~3 W of second harmonic (527 nm) and ~1 W of third harmonic radiation (352 nm), along with a cavity dumped, synchronously pumped dye laser is used as a source for a time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) measurements with a time resolution of ca. 40 ps.
  • Nanosecond Time-Resolved Dispersive Infrared Spectrometer – The CCBD is also equipped with a nanosecond time-resolved dispersive infrared spectrometer with a 50 ns-response MCT detector. The excitation is provided by a nanosecond Nd:YAG laser source tunable from ~410 to 690 nm and from ~210 to 340 nm.

Ceramic Processing Facilities

  • Particle size reduction mills
  • Attrition mill
  • Re-circulating sonicator
  • Hg-Porosimeter
  • Glove box for processing water-sensitive materials
  • Thermoanalytical tools
  • Furnaces (air-fired, vacuum and controlled-atmosphere) are available for calcining and sintering studies
  • Precision dilatometer to measure compact shrinkage
  • Vacuum hot press
    • Capable of temperatures in excess of 2000°C
    • Loads up to 15,000 pounds
  • Hot isostatic press
    • Capable of temperatures up to 1200°C
    • Pressures up to 30,000 psi
  • Cold isostatic press
    • For dry pressing
    • Capable of pressures up to 30,000 psi
  • Instrumented laboratory scale extruder
  • Laboratory scale tape caster
  • Electrochemical deposition of nanomaterials
  • Electrospinning capabilities
  • Controlled atmosphere reaction chambers for fabricating 1D oxide nano-structures
  • High-temperature, low-pressure CVD chambers
  • Colloidal processing
  • A range of high-temperature furnaces with controlled atmosphere capabilities
  • A sputtering facility with both dc and rf capabilities for thin-films of metals and ceramics
  • A PLD system for oxide thin-films
  • Brittle failure in layered systems
  • High-temperature TGA and DSC facilities

Chemical Sensor Materials Characterization Laboratory

  • Infrared Thermographic Screening
  • AC Impedance Measurements
  • Descartes
    • Ohio State’s Device Sensitivity, Chemistry and Response Time Experimental System (Descartes) was designed to measure a material’s sensitivity and selectivity as well as its dynamic response to changes in gas composition. High-gas velocity and a small sample chamber, coupled with a computer-controlled gas manifold, give the Descartes system a dynamic gas switching time constant of approximately 0.65 seconds, which is faster than the 1 Hz data acquisition rate.
  • DeSade
    • Ohio State’s Device Stability and Durability Experiment (DeSade) measures material’s long-term response stability and durability, a derivative of the Descartes system
    • Sensor materials can be subjected to both dynamic synthetic exhaust gas cycling and to thermal cycling by computer-controlled chip heating. A typical DeSade run will be between 500 and 1,500 hours.

Corrosion Research Facilities

  • Computer-controlled stations for electrochemical measurements
  • Two scanning probe microscopes
  • A Scanning Kelvin Probe
  • An electrochemical microcell
  • Slow strain rate frames for testing stress corrosion cracking susceptibility
  • A salt spray chamber and ultraviolet exposure chamber
  • Quartz crystal microbalance
  • A multichannel microelectrode analyzer
  • Facilities for fabricating bulk and thin film samples
  • Interferometric optical profilometer

Electrical and Electrochemical Measurement Facility

  • Thick film fabrication by screen printing, ink jet printing and spin coating
  • A wide range of electrical (dc and ac) measurement equipment, including a probe station
  • A set-up suitable for photo-catalytic studies
  • A complete sensor measurement and testing facility with capability for controlled gas flow and mixing systems
  • Computer-controlled data acquisition and analyses with specially written software
  • A ferroelectric test system

Electron Optics and X-Ray Characterization Facility

  • Transmission Electron Microscopy
    • Titan 3
    • Tecnai F20
    • CM200T
    • CM12T
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
    • Sirion
    • XL30F ESEM
    • Quanta 200
  • Dual Beam – Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy
    • Helios 600
    • Nova 600
  • X-Ray Diffraction
    • Bruker D8
    • Scintag PAD-V
    • Scintag XDS2000
    • Philips XRG3000

Inorganic Materials Science Experimental Facilities

  • More than 2,700 square feet of lab space for taking high-precision measurements
  • Swagelok stainless steel network for high purity gases that is required for synthesis, characterization and operational tests
  • Cat-6 wired Ethernet, >1 Gbs data exchange between various set-ups that allows for “hardware in the loop” studies for system integration purposes
  • Monitored inorganic membrane reactors and SOFC.
  • High-definition colloidal processing of inorganic materials
  • High-definition thermal processing of inorganic materials
  • Membrane, particle and porosity characterization

Mechanical Testing and Forming Facilities

  • All listed test frames are servo-hydraulic type:
    • MTS 810 test frame, 100KN load capacity, 150mm actuator stroke, new (as of October 2005) MTS FlexTest Controller with latest generation of MTS control software for tensile, compression, fatique, and crack growth testing. Controller is equipped with two strain channel signal conditioners for use with a biaxial extensometer. Four different gage length mechanical extensometers, plus a non-contacting laser extensometer are also available on this machine. The crack growth software/hardware supports DC potential drop and mechanical clip gage measurement techniques. MTS 100KN hydraulic grips are installed with five available wedge assemblies that allow mounting of flat specimens (sheet metal) up to 0.75mm thickness, 50mm width and round specimens from 5mm to 30mm in diameter.
    • Instron 1322 test frame, 250 KN capacity, 250mm stroke, new (as of 10/05) MTS FlexTest Controller installed with latest generation of MTS control software for tensile, compression, fatique, and crack growth testing. Single strain channel signal conditioner, will support same extensometers as listed above with the exception of the biaxial. Two furnaces installed for elevated temperature testing in air(1200C max).
    • MTS 810 test frame, 100KN load capacity, 150mm stroke, new (as of 10/05) MTS FlexTest controller with the above mentioned software packages installed. Frame is equipped with an all metal vacuum/argon atmosphere furnace made by Oxy-Gon. Hot zone measures 60mm in diameter by 75mm length, temperature up to 1950C. This machine is used for elevated temperature tensile, compression, and fatique tests.
    • MTS 804 test frame, 500KN capacity, 150mm actuator stroke, new (as of 10/05) MTS FlexTest controller installed. Software same as above, one strain channel available. This machine is used for mechanical testing requiring high force levels.
    • MTS 831 test frame, 25KN load capacity, 100mm actuator stroke, new (as of 10/05) MTS FlexTest controller installed. This machine is used for high cycle fatique testing. Special servo valves allow precise control of load or stroke up to a frequency of 200hz. An air furnace capable of 1400C is installed on this frame for elevated temperature tests.
    • Mechanical Behavior Lab equipment also includes: Two Interlaken forming simulators with Interlaken software controls, these presses have clamp capacities of 300 Kip, punch force of 200 Kip. One machine is currently used for magnetic pulse forming tests, the other for standard die forming tests. An Interlaken 60 Kip press is used for lubricant and 3/4 formability testing, and an Interlaken hydraulic draw/bend test machine for sheet metal studies.
  • Thermal cycling testing
  • 227,000 kg hydraulic forming simulator, with complete computer control
  • 50,000 Joule electro-hydraulic capacitive discharge high-rate tester
  • 68,000 kg prototype sheet formability test system
  • 55,000 kg double-action press and forming machine

Microstructural Characterization Facilities

  • Fully-equipped laboratory for cutting, grinding and polishing materials for microstructural characterization, including both manual and semi-automatic machines
  • Optical microscopes
  • Nikon epiphot and Nikon optiphot microscopes fitted with fully automatic exposure systems and interfaced with a TV monitor, VCR and color projector
  • Computer-based quantitative image analysis
  • Instruments for taking normal, superficial and microhardness measurements

Sensors and Measurements Facilities

  • Thick-film and thin-film fabrication devices
  • Electronic nose along with artificial intelligence and neural-net software
  • A wide range of electrical measuring equipment
  • A complete sensor measurement and testing facility with the capability for controlled gas flow and mixing systems
  • Computer-controlled data acquisition and analyses
  • Electrical and Electrochemical Measurement Facility in CISM
    • Thick film fabrication by screen printing and spin coating
    • Electrical (dc and ac) measurement equipment
    • Set-up suitable for photo-catalytic studies
    • Sensor measurement and testing set-ups with the capability for controlled gas flow and mixing systems
    • Computer-controlled data acquisition and analyses with specially written software
    • GC-MS for the analysis of gas-solid reaction
  • Particle Size, Pore Size and Sorption Analysis Facility in CISM
    • Brookhaven 90 Plus with a high sensitivity APD detector and zeta potential option (particle size)
    • Autopore IV 9500, Micromeretics (Pore Size)
    • ASAP 2020, Micromeretics (Sorption Analysis for Surface Area)
  • Thin-Film and Metallization Facility
    • Multi-cathode dc/rf magnetron sputtering unit for thin-film research
    • Benchtop sputtering unit for electrode preparation
    • Surface profilometer for roughness and morphology
    • Benchtop tape casting unit for planar sensors, electrodes and substrates
    • Neocera Pioneer 180 pulsed laser deposition system with six targets, a turbo pump capable of achieving < 10-8 torr, and the capability of substrate heating of up to 850°C

Chemical Sensors Design and Testing Laboratory

  • Sensor Testing Facility
    • Sierra Smart Track2 Mass Flow Controllers with Command Module
    • National Instruments Data Acquisition Systems with 32 Channel Multiplex Capabilities
    • Lindberg/Blue Mini-Mite Tube Furnaces with Computer Control Capabilities
    • Solartron Impedance Analyzer with High Dielectric Test Cell
    • Precision Ferroelectric Testing Facility with Thermal Chuck
    • Fast Response Oxygen Sensor
    • Humidity Detector
  • Sensor Fabrication Equipment
    • High Energy Ball Mill
    • 1700°C Box Furnace
    • 1500°C Tube Furnace
    • 1500°C Box Furnace
    • Mass Balance with Density Measurement
    • Press Dies
    • Table-top screen-printer
  • DC/RF Magnetron Sputter Deposition System for Thin-Film
    • Pressure Sensor
    • Computer Upgrade
    • Heated Stage
    • Water Chiller
    • Cold Water Manifold
    • Cathodes and Targets

Solidification and Metal Casting Laboratories

  • The Metal Casting Laboratory
    • Five-ton crane system
    • 60kW Inductotherm electric induction generator with a lift-swing 40lb aluminum furnace as well as a 25kW electric induction furnace with a vacuum/inert-gas melting chamber
    • Cooling curve analysis system
    • Electronite oxygen probe for ferrous alloys are also available
    • Muller for green sand
  • The Solidification Laboratory
    • Free flight melt spinning system for the continuous casting of wire
    • Transparent organic metal analog directional solidification system for in-situ observation of solidification
    • Mellon zone melting furnace
    • SR2 Prometal rapid casting system (rapid prototyping machine for making molds)
    • Casting simulation software
      • Magmasoft mold filling / solidification software
      • Ironcad solid modeling software

Superconducting Materials Characterization Facilities

  • Magnetization Measurement
    • Low Field VSM-I, a LDJ Model 9300 instrument with a 1 T iron-core electromagnet
    • Low Field VSM-II consisting of a PAR EG&G Model 4500 VSM associated with Janis Varitemp dewars (both liquid helium and liquid nitrogen) and an iron-core electromagnet energized to ? 1.7 T by a Tidewater ? 65A power supply
    • High Field VSM consisting of a PAR EG&G Model 4500 VSM associated with an Oxford cryostat that houses a 6.4 cm (cold bore) 9 T superconducting solenoid
  • Transport Measurement in Magnetic Fields
    • High-Current High-Field Jc Measurement is conducted with currents of up to 1,700 A provided by a stack of three HP6681A (0-8V, 0-580A) power supplies in the field of an Oxford hybrid NbTi/Nb3Sn solenoid excited by an Oxford Model PS120-10 magnet power supply. The maximum field available is 15 T at 4.2 K and 17 T at 2.2 K. A high-current probe is being used with a soldered ITER barrel mounting procedure and monitored contact resistances.
    • Temperature Dependent Jc is measured at currents of up to 220 A in an exchange-gas can that is inserted into the bore of the above Oxford solenoid.
    • Resistive Critical Field (Hirr and Hc2) measurements are made at currents of about 10 mA in a dedicated exchange-gas can that also can be positioned in the bore of the Oxford solenoid.
    • Ancillary Equipment
      • Amplifiers
      • Multimeters
      • Gaussmeters
      • Metallographic microscope
      • Computers and work stations.
  • Transport Measurements of the Self-Field Critical Current of Large Devices
    • Large open-mouth dewar from Cryofab Inc
      • Inside diameter of 25 inches (635 mm) and a working height (below an 18-inch, 460mm thick plug) of 35 inches (890 mm)
      • Monitored with a Hall probe.
  • AC Loss Measurement
    • Self-Field (Transport-Current) Loss due to AC currents of up to 150 A (peak) at frequencies of up to 500 Hz is measured at 77 K (liquid nitrogen). A lock-up amplifier measures the voltage of the sample in-phase with transport current.
    • External-Field AC Loss is measured in the applied fields of copper wound solenoids and race-track coils of various sizes. A system of pick-up coils connected to a digital oscilloscope records the samples’ M-H loops whose areas provide a measurement of the loss per cycle.
  • Additional Cryogenic Test Equipment
    • Physical Property Measurement System. A Quantum Design PPMS allows measurements from 4 K to room temperature in fields up to 15 T of: (a) magnetization using vibrating sample magnetometry, (b) heat capacity (c) AC and DC susceptibility (d) AC transport, and (e) thermal conductivity.
    • Large Coil Test Stand. This consists of an insulated vacuum vessel 48 inches (1200 mm) in diameter and 25 inches (630 mm) high from Cryomagnetics cooled by two Gifford-McMahon cryocoolers, each capable of extracting 5 W at 10 K (1.5 W, 4 K). The system accomplishes the rapid cooling of large objects into the He-temperature range.
    • Room Temperature Bore Cryocooled Magnet. This cryocooled magnet with a field of 9 T in a 60 mm diameter room temperature bore is capable of accepting a furnace for magnetic field processing or a varitemp (presently on hand) for property measurement as function of field and temperature.

Thermal Analysis Facilities

  • Differential scanning calorimeters
  • Thermogravimetric analyzer capable of temperatures reaching 1350°C
  • Dilatometer capable of reaching 1200°C

Thin Film Preparation and Characterization Facilities

  • A multi-cathode dc/rf magnetron sputtering unit (Discovery 18 by Denton Vacuum)
  • A benchtop sputtering unit for electrode preparation
  • A surface profilometer for roughness and morphology
  • A benchtop tape casting unit for planar sensors, electrodes and substrates

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