Student working on a research project.

Impact Hammer Experimental Setup Design

In recent years, 3D-printed materials have become widely popular for a wide variety of applications due to their tailorability and use in prototyping. Additionally, 3D-printed parts are starting to be incorporated into structures as load-bearing components. However, little analysis has been performed to thoroughly investigate the properties and failure of 3D-printed materials, especially under impact conditions. The proposed project seeks to develop an experimental test setup to reliably reproduce an impact on a target surface. In addition to being highly reproducible, the test setup requires multiple impactor head geometries and the ability to apply a range of impact energies. The project will also include instrumentation and sensing as well as conducting a battery of tests.

Student researchers will work closely with post-docs that have experience with 3D-printing and impact dynamics. The post-doc will be providing direction and support to the undergraduate students to ensure the project’s success. This is an opportunity for students to gain hands on design experience developing an experimental setup used for research purposes. Based on their performance/contributions they may be included in publications resulting from the work.

The students (ideally 2) will be responsible for the design and manufacture of basic structural components as well as mechanical linkages to construct the test setup. The majority of the manufacturing is expected to be done using stock parts, though additive manufacturing and CNC technologies and a possibility. Students will have access to the Lab 3D printer for manufacture of basic components if necessary. The student will also be responsible for implementing/programming micro controllers and interfacing them with sensors (accelerometers, load cells, pressure sensors). It is expected that the mechatronics and design specialists will be working together closely to result in a final cohesive setup.

Experience with CAD software and understanding of the basics of programming is required (experience with C or Arduino preferred but not required). Experience with microcontrollers is desired but not required.

Research Project Information

Student Skill-Set Needed: Ability to work in a team is paramount, Able to conduct research/learn independently, Strong writing skills (semi regular report and presentation will be required)
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Javid Bayandor
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering