Yearly Archives: 2019

Radiation Chemistry, Reactivity and Dynamics in Ionic Liquids and Molten Salts

Abstract: Being comprised entirely of charged species, ionic liquids (IL) and molten salts (MS) have dramatically different properties compared to conventional molecular liquids and they provide new and unusual environments to test our understanding  of physical chemistry phenomena. We are interested in how IL and MS properties influence physical and dynamical processes that determine the stability […]

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Design, Build. Compete. UConn Formula SAE Among the Best in the World.

by Kassidy Manness ME Communications kassidy.manness@uconn.edu Formula SAE Club ready for another exciting year of designing, building, and competing. “Design. Build. Compete” is the motto that drives the determined and creative minds that make up the Formula SAE club here at UConn. Their club, consisting of many Mechanical Engineering students, is responsible for designing and […]

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Living Electronics for Bio-interfacing

Abstract: Electronic and biological systems represent two limiting thermodynamic models in terms of functioning and information processing. By converging the dynamic and self-adaptable features of bio-machinery and the rationally defined/programmed functionalities of electronic components, there is potential to evolve new capabilities to effectively interrogate and direct biologically significant processes, as well as novel bio-inspired systems/device […]

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Oscillating Foils for Energy Harvesting

Abstract: The water flow through tidal estuaries create a large source of renewable energy that is highly predictable and close to urban centers, yet mostly untapped in the United States.  This presentation gives an overview of recent efforts to develop a hydrokinetic energy harvesting device well-suited for tidal flows, that is based on the oscillating motion […]

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Overview of MDAO at the Air Force Research Laboratory and a Bio-inspired Method for Topology Optimization of Aircraft Structures

Abstract: The mission  of AFRL’s Multidisciplinary Science and Technology Center (MSTC) is to discover, assess, and exploit coupled system behavior for optimization of revolutionary aerospace vehicles through the application of multidisciplinary design, analysis, and optimization (MDAO). To this end, MSTC performs  in-house research and sponsors efforts ranging from basic developments in FEA, CFD, design space exploration, […]

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Instabilities in Soft Materials: Emergent Heterogeneity and Other Surprises

Abstract: During development, instabilities develop in the brain, giving it its characteristic wrinkled shape. Other soft tissues, including skin, the bladder, and the airway mucosa, also exhibit instabilities and the resulting folds, wrinkles, and creases. Instabilities in these soft tissues, which often contain multiple layers with distinct properties, are very complex and still not well […]

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Professor Matheou’s Exhibit @ the Benton Blends Art and Science With Teaching

By: Alexandra Meropoulos, Student Written Communications Specialist, UConn School of Engineering Art and science are two fields that appear to be worlds apart at first glance, but according to George Matheou, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, the intersection between the two are actually extremely important. This notion became the inspiration behind his art exhibit called […]

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The Challenge of Modeling and Simulation for Molten Salt Nuclear Reactors

Abstract: The rapidly expanding interest in molten salt reactors (MSRs), particularly as small modular reactors, is resulting in the generation of multiple design concepts with efforts at a variety of early developmental stages. Various companies and organizations in a number of countries are looking at such systems to be safe, economical, and rapidly deployable power […]

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It’s a bit of a stretch: selective, flexible mechanical sensors towards VR, healthcare, and robotics applications

Abstract: In this talk, I will discuss work related to mechanically “programming” soft sensors to respond to a particular mechanical deformation. Advances in 3D-printing, soft polymer fabrication, and other rapid fabrication processes have made the vision of conformal and stretchable mechanical sensors for wearable devices and soft robotics possible. One limitation of these sensors is […]

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Mechanical Principles of Biofilm Formation

Abstract: Biofilms are surface-attached communities of bacteria that can cause problems including medical infections, fouling, and clogging in industrial applications. By contrast, beneficial biofilms are crucial in applications including waste-water treatment and microbial fuel cells. In this talk, I will discuss about our recent progress in using Vibrio cholerae as a model biofilm former to reveal the […]

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Ranajay Ghosh: The Extreme Mechanics of Fish Scale Inspired Structures

Abstract: Dermal scales appeared early in the evolutionary history of vertebrates, most notably in fishes. Their remarkable multi-functional roles include protection from predatory attacks, enhancement of locomotion, camouflaging and thermal regulation. This has led to a tremendous variation in scale type, material, shape, size and organization among species (e.g. fishes, snakes) as well as within […]

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Norato Receives ASME Young Investigator Award

by Kassidy Manness ME Communications kassidy.manness@uconn.edu During the 45th Annual Design Automation Conference, held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) this past summer, Mechanical Engineering Professor Julián Norato has been awarded the prestigious Design Automation Young Investigator Award. This award is given once each year “to recognize an outstanding young investigator who is […]

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Electrochemical Energy Systems

Abstract: Demand of batteries keeps increasing as electronic devices get widespread and fossil-based systems are being replaced by electricity-based systems. Lithium-ion battery has been considered one of the most promising power sources for mobile and transportation systems, but it faces challenging issues of high cost, low capacity (i.e. short operation hours or driving ranges), and […]

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Real-Time Sea-State Estimation From Measurement Of A Ship’s Motion in Waves

Abstract: In standard seakeeping simulations of a ship in irregular seas, the rigid body motions of the ship are computed using a set of semi-analytic integro-differential equations, which model the response of the ship including non-linear and history dependent forces.    Using this type of model allows one to model the response of the ship in […]

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Chondrocyte Mechanotransduction: Metabolomic and Proteomic Analyses

Abstract: Several studies have documented the importance of metabolism to osteoarthritis. This seminar will discuss recent advances in understanding how chondrocytes alter their metabolism in response to in vitro mechanical loading.  Furthermore, metabolomic studies of osteoarthritic  synovial  fluid  will  be  discussed in the  context  of  early  detection  and  phenotypes  of osteoarthritis. Biographical Sketch: Ron June […]

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50 years ago, Prof. Langston helped power Apollo 11 to the moon and back

Our own Prof. Lee Langston helped Apollo 11 make history by being part pf the team designing the fuel cells that powered Apollo 11 to the moon and the return trip to Earth. Read more in the Hartford Courant’s article.

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50 years ago, Prof. Langston helped power Apollo 11 to the moon and back

Our own Prof. Lee Langston helped Apollo 11 make history by being part pf the team designing the fuel cells that powered Apollo 11 to the moon and the return trip to Earth. Read more in the Hartford Courant’s article.

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Fueling the Fire: Studying Flame Behavior to Improve Combustion Systems

February 20, 2019 – Anna Zarra Aldrich ’20 (CLAS), Office of the Vice President for Research The power you feel underneath you when you’re on a plane as it takes off is tremendous. The physics that enable the remarkable feat of lifting a 175,000-pound midsize commercial aircraft into the sky and keeping it there are […]

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Prof. Michael Yu Wang (HKUST): Material and Structure Design and Optimization in the Era of Additive Manufacturing

Abstract: Additive manufacturing (AM) today affords complete freedom in controlling geometric details and material composition in three-dimensional fabrication. They provide new routes for manufacturing parts with structural properties in high-strength, light-weight, and exceptional performance. To further the adoption of the AM technologies, there is a need for “Design for Additive Manufacturing” methodologies and computer tools […]

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Chih-Jen (Jackie) Sung Named Combustion Institute Fellow

By: Eli Freund, Editorial Communications Manager, UConn School of Engineering  The UConn School of Engineering is proud to announce that Mechanical Engineering Professor Chih-Jen Sung has been recognized as one of the 2019 Class of Fellows for The Combustion Institute. Sung joins a class of 38 accomplished international scholars from industry, academia, and the public […]

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