Research

Human Motion Biomechanics Lab


Biomechanical analysis of joint loads for subjects at high risk for arthritis or sports-related injuries. Current subject populations of interest include overweight/obese individuals, ACL reconstructed patients, transtibial amputees, and baseball pitchers. For more information please see: http://hmblab.calpoly.edu

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Atmospheric Water Harvesting


Dr. Peuker is working with students on research related to actively harvest water from coastal fog.

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Building Energy Modeling


Dr. Peuker is working on research to predict and improve energy usages in commercial buildings, address thermal comfort issues and achieve energy savings with innovative technologies.

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Identification and characterization of damage in structural and mechanical syste


Mohammad Noori has been involved in research work on the identification and characterization of damage in structural and mechanical systems with a focus on two areas: 1) utilization of artificial intelligence based algorithms for feature extraction and quantification of damage, and 2) reliability and life estimation as well as uncertainty quantification, in data acquisition, fusion, management and big data associated with the behavior of structures/machinery under complex dynamic loading. For further detail on Mohammad Noori’s current research and publications please see: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mohammad_Noori

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"The Boundary Layer Data System Project"


A team of students and others led by Prof. Russ Westphal at Cal Poly has developed a family of small, self-contained, autonomous instruments capable of measurement of the flow within the boundary layer near a surface on a full-scale operating aircraft or vehicle. The devices, known as the Boundary Layer Data System (BLDS), can be flexibly configured with a variety of probes and sensors for different measurement tasks and employ a dual-processor microcontroller, special low-temperature batteries, and on-board memory—and weigh less than a pound. The BLDS development effort, which has been undertaken with primary support and extensive collaboration from Northrop Grumman Corp., has led to applications supporting nine flight test programs on six different subsonic aircraft at altitudes exceeding 40,000 ft and flight Mach numbers up to 0.8, as well as ground-based measurements. Current work aims to improve and further apply the current BLDS instruments for manned and unmanned aircraft measurements as well as to develop the next generation of BLDS instruments.

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Speaking with Hands: Creating Hands to Communicate with Deaf-Blind Individuals


Professor Niku is developing an artificial hand that enables people to communicate with blind-and-deaf individuals by finger-spelling. Professor Saeed Niku and his graduate student are working on the third generation artificial hand that will enable people to communicate with the blind-and-deaf individuals by finger-spelling. The plan is to develop a hand with sufficient degrees of freedom that will finger-spell letters that are typed into a computer or received by email or fax or text. Each letter is converted to a series of signals that will form the hand to spell the particular letter. The project is partially funded by the Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute.

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Rotor Dynamics and Crack Detection of Planetary Gearbox


Professor Xi Wu, along with her team of graduate students, has developed an independent high-quality Data Acquisition (DAQ) Card with MATLAB for rotor kits. This system can produce the same plots that ADRE208 from Bently Nevada produces in real time. In addition, the new DAQ card can construct 3D full-spectrum cascade plots using complex FFT through MATLAB and use tracking windows to filter the real-time transducer data to nX components of rotor speed when the rotor starts up or runs down. The Active Magnetic Bearing (AMB) has been designed, manufactured and installed with Bently rotor kit. The real-time controllers work properly for the magnetic bearing using Labview software. A practical 3-stage planetary gearbox of wind turbine Nordex N90 has been modeled in Solidworks. We have applied the combination of ADAMS and FEA software Patran/Nastran to realistically simulate the dynamic behavior of the damaged gearbox to identify vibration signatures, when cracks are located at different places.

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Wind turbine lifeline monitors


Our group is developing new, inexpensive ways to monitor the health of wind turbine generators, in order to alert operators before significant damage occurs to the machine. The devices are specifically developed to address the needs of the distributed wind energy industry.

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Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES)


This method of energy storage has been around for many decades now, and while current research trends tend to focus on bringing us closer to “adiabatic CAES” ideal, by focusing on the development of exotic materials and techniques for thermal energy retention and recovery, our approach focuses on combining the CAES concept with existing internal combustion engines used for power generation. Our goal is to significantly improve the efficiency and performance of the power generation system by focusing on modifying the power cycle itself. Current research involves both gas turbine and reciprocating engine platforms.

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Regenerative cooling of engines, using nitrous oxide (N2O)


Our research focuses on the study of heat transfer processes in N2O, in the stability limit near self-decomposition.

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