Our experimental research is focused on gaining a better understanding of the dynamic behavior of structures, developing new measurement techniques, and training students in experimental-based model validation methods. Dynamics measurement capabilities include modal testing, vibration measurement, and structural health monitoring.
We have capabilities to test large structures in our Energy High-Bay Lab with floor space of 22m by 15m and ceiling height of over 10m. Measurement systems include dynamic acceleration and strain, static strain, and non-contact 3D laser Doppler vibration (LDV) and displacement measurement.
Initial research in our lab involves characterizing the dynamics of an innovative set of 4m swept wind turbine blades (see below). We have capabilities to test with free-boundary conditions (as shown in upper photo) and with fixed root boundary conditions (lower photo).