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Smart Structures Research Laboratory
The overarching goal of the Smart Structures Research Laboratory (SSRL) is to pioneer scientific discovery and advance next-generation technologies and methodologies for the monitoring and protection of civil and aerospace structures. The research projects are highly interdisciplinary in nature and require implementation of concepts in dynamics and vibrations, wave propagation, digital signal processing, data acquisition systems and extensive knowledge of sensors and statistical methods.
The laboratory includes state-of-the-art equipment such as: an Acoustic Emission (AE) system (i.e., 8 channels system with high speed arbitrary waveform generator card); AE sensors (R6, R15 and Pico); Ultrasonic Testing (UT) instrumentation (e.g., Agilent arbitrary function generator, a Lecroy Waverunner 44Xi oscilloscope, broadband ultrasonic transducers and Olympus NDT-Panametrics preamplifiers), Infrared Thermography equipment, Modal testing equipment, two National Instrument-PXI with arbitrary function generator and multifunction Data Acquisition System.
The SSRL works closely with the University at Buffalo's Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL) in those studies requiring large-scale testing capabilities and the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER).