Research in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Two professors in mechanical and aerospace engineering demonstrate equipment in a research laboratory.

Research Labs in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dramatic, measurable advancements continue to propel UTA toward its goal of becoming one of the nation’s premier research institutions. The University is designated an R-1 Carnegie “highest research activity” institution, putting it in an elite group. The College of Engineering accounts for nearly half of the university’s research expenditures each year.

Advanced Materials and Structures Lab

The Advanced Materials and Structures Lab is using its state-of-the-art facilities and an innovative approach to enable a fundamental shift from relying on the traditional time-consuming trial-and-error experimentation loops and empiricism in the design of composite materials and structures, to efficient diagnostics and prognosis methods. These rely upon three-dimensional imaging and performance prediction based on accurate computational tools.

Advanced Materials and Structures Lab

Advanced Sensor Technology Lab

The Advanced Sensor Technology Laboratory focuses on developing state-of-the-art sensor technologies for Structural Health Monitoring and bio-medical applications and providing a multi-disciplinary learning environment for the students to participate in world class research activities.

Advanced Sensor Technology Lab

A.E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering

The Petsche Center promotes engineering education, innovation and entrepreneurship, especially through student participation in the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) program. Each year, participating students design an FSAE car from the tires up; they then race their vehicles against collegiate teams from across the country.

Aerodynamics Research Center

The Aerodynamics Research Center has existed at the university in one form or another since the 1930s, when it was originally an aircraft maintenance and fabrication facility. The present ARC was built in 1986, allowing for a large expansion of equipment which now includes low-speed, transonic, supersonic, arc jet, and hypersonic tunnels.

Aerodynamics Research Center

Aerospace Systems Laboratory

The Aerospace Systems Laboratory conducts research in modeling, simulation, control and estimation of mechanical and aerospace systems from a systems perspective. Over the past few years, we have looked at diverse mechanical and aerospace systems. Theoretical contributions, numerical simulations, algorithms and software span several applications.

Aerospace Systems Lab

Center for Renewable Energy and Science Technology (CREST)

CREST serves as a center of excellence in energy research and development in Texas. The technologies and intellectual properties that will accrue from this major initiative address important national energy needs and will promote local and regional economic development by spawning spin-off companies and technology licensing.

Electronics, MEMS and Nanotechnology Systems Packaging Center

The Electronics, MEMS and Nanotechnology Systems Packaging Center is a first-class research center that meets the needs of industry, and in particular, the state of Texas and the North Texas region's "Electronic, MEMS and Nanoelectronics Packaging Industry". This includes research, education and training. EMNSPC will target the needs of the Microelectronics, MEMS and Nanoelectronics (with a special emphasis on thermo mechanical issues) as a fundamental research area as these technologies have and will continue to overlap.


Manufacturing Automation and Robotic Systems

The Manufacturing Automation and Robotic Systems Lab is a dual-purpose lab, catering to both academic research and industry-sponsored research. Academically, it is used as a teaching environment for manufacturing, automation and robotics-based classes and/or research where hands on robotic instruction is encouraged at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Industry-funded research projects involve automated workcell studies using state of the art hardware and software tools.

Manufacturing Automation and Robotic Systems Lab

Microscale Thermophysics Laboratory

The Microscale Thermophysics Lab carries out research and education activities in microscale thermal transport in engineering devices and systems. The lab hosts state-of-the-art equipment to facilitate research in microscale heat transfer and computing resources for analytical and numerical modeling.

Microscale Thermophysics Lab

Multiscale Mechanics and Physics Lab

The Multiscale Mechanics and Physics Lab investigates multiscale mechanical behavior of engineered and biological materials to develop advanced materials for structural/biomedical applications and predict failure and fracture properties of nano/biomaterials. This includes computational biomechanics, computational material design and advanced manufacturing.

Multiscale Mechanics and Physics Lab

Turbomachinery and Energy Systems Laboratory

Turbomachinery are one of the core technologies for most traditional and green power generation systems such as fuel cells (clean air/gas delivery systems), micro gas turbines (MGT) with various fossil and bio fuels, winds, and solar-thermal systems.


Vibro-Acoustics and Sound Quality Research Laboratory

The Vibro-Acoustics and Sound Quality Research Laboratory’s mission is to produce excellent engineers and scientists. To achieve this mission, research and development focuses on powertrain/structure noise and vibration, computational and experimental vibro-acoustics, active noise and vibration control and vehicle interior and sound quality design.

Vibro-Acoustics and Sound Quality Research Lab

Research Areas

The departmental laboratories contain diverse modern equipment and instruments, permitting a varied experimental program. These include laboratories for automatic controls and systems engineering, fluid power and fluids, automotive engineering, computer-aided design and manufacturing, dynamics and vibration, materials science, composite materials, smart structures, robotics, thermal sciences, computational and experimental fluid dynamics, turbulence, aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, propulsion, flight dynamics, guidance, navigation, and control. Research areas include:

  • Design, Manufacturing, and Multidisciplinary Optimization
  • Dynamic Systems and Control
  • Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics and Propulsion
  • Structural Mechanics and Optimization
  • Thermal Science and Energy Systems

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