College of Engineering Research Seminar
- Friday, October 23, 2015 from 3:10pm to 4:00pm
- Roberts Hall - view map
Three faculty members, Robin Gerlach, David Miller, and Brittany Fasy, will each give a 10-minute overview of their research. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Biomineralization, algal biofuels and microbially enhanced coal bed methane production – using bio(film)-engineering to tackle energy challenges and more
Robin Gerlach, Pofessor in Chemical and Biological Engineering and affiliate faculty in the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE), Energy Research Institute (ERI), Thermal Biology Institute (TBI) and the Institute on Ecosystems (IoE).
In general terms, Dr. Gerlach’s research focuses on utilizing microbial processes for societal benefit with an emphasis on the role of biofilms in (i) degrading or immobilizing environmental contaminants in soil and water, (ii) improving the storage security of geologically stored CO2, (iii) increasing the sustainability of oil and gas production, (iv) producing algal biofuels, and similar. Dr. Gerlach will provide a brief overview of the activities listed above and discuss existing and potentially future areas of interaction and collaboration with faculty at MSU.
The SNL/MSU/DOE Fatigue Database and Analysis of Trends for Wind Turbine Blade Materials
David Miller, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Wind turbine blades are designed to several major structural conditions, including tip deflection, strength and buckling during severe loading, as well as very high numbers of fatigue cycles and various service environments. The MSU Database Program has, since 1989, addressed the broad range of properties needed for current and potential blade materials through static and fatigue testing and test development in cooperation with Sandia National Laboratories and wind industry and supplier partners. This presentation will briefly discuss the history of this program, and then present the latest test results and analysis.
Presented results will include static tension, compression and shear stress-strain properties in three directions using coupons sectioned from a thick infused unidirectional glass/epoxy laminate, the nonlinear, shear dominated static properties with loading-unloading-reloading (LUR) tests in tension and compression to increasing load levels, for ±45 laminates, and finally the origins of tensile fatigue sensitivity in glass fiber dominated laminates with variations in fabric architecture, including specially prepared fabrics and aligned strand laminates. The newest work incorporating Acoustic Emmission monitoring of damage within the laminate will also be presented.
Summarizing and Comparing Data: A Topological View
Brittany Fasy, Assistant Professor in Computer Science
As a computational topologist, the focus of my research is to extract meaningful summary information from data so that the information can be used by experts to make decisions or so that the information can be used to compare different data sets. Topology explains the connectivity (and higher-level connectivity) of the data set you wish to study. In this talk, I highlight two current projects: road network construction and grading prostate cancer biopsy slides.
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