Mechanical Engineering Research Labs

The Advanced Biofuel Combustion and Characterization Laboratory (ABC2)
contains resources for characterization of combustion chemistry, pollutant formation, engine emissions and fuel/lipid/feedstock properties of advanced biofuels. The ABC2 laboratory is located at the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory, which is a unique research facility at Colorado State University with emphasis on engines, fuels, and energy conversion technology.

Biomaterials Research and Engineering Laboratory (BREL)
Work in BREL focuses on characterization and development of biomaterial solutions to health care problems. BREL has developed and patented novel technologies for orthopedic and cardiovascular applications, including the BioPoly® platform of hyaluronan/polyethylene materials. The BREL is now expanding this material platform to blood-contacting materials for use as flexible leaflets in heart valves and small diameter vascular grafts.

Biomaterials Surface Micro/Nano-engineering Laboratory
The Biomaterials Surface Micro/Nano-Engineering Laboratory focuses on applications of nanomaterials to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Specifically, we are developing interfaces for implantable devices that can enhance tissue integration with the biomaterial. We are specifically working the areas of orthopedic, vascular and neural tissue engineering.

CFD and Propulsion Laboratory
This is focused on the development and application of advanced CFD algorithms. Members of the group work with powerful research software in order to tackle the most vexing engineering challenges of our time.

Composite Materials, Manufacture and Structures Laboratory
The Composite Materials, Manufacture and Structures Laboratory (CMMS) at Colorado State University was initiated in the fall of 1989 to address research and educational issues related to composite materials.

Electric Propulsion & Plasma Engineering Laboratory
This lab is active in investigating the uses of plasma in material modification including such processes as thin film deposition, self-organized patterning, and ion implantation. Sputter deposition and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition are capable of building high quality, well adhered thin film coatings and offer superior control for constructing functionally graded coatings or custom alloys. Some examples of projects include the development of high efficiency thermoelectrics and hydroxyapatite deposition for biomedical implants.

Engines and Energy Conversion Lab (EECL)
The EECL is now entering its second decade of delivering significant, meaningful solutions to meet the global energy challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century, providing our students and researchers the experience and tools for a lifetime of contribution. With a focus towards market driven solutions, products developed at the EECL in partnership with our Industrial Sponsors have reduced pollution in the atmosphere by millions of tons and have saved over 14 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

Industrial Assessment Center
This new initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) was established to help the nation’s manufacturing facilities continue to thrive during a time of diminished energy supplies and rising costs.

Laser & Plasma Diagnostics Laboratory
The Laser Plasma Diagnostics Lab focuses on laser-based measurement of gases, plasmas, and plasma-surface interactions (for plasma science and electric propulsion applications). Interests also include laser ignition of engines, laser combustion diagnostics, high-power fiber delivery, and laser sensing for environmental and health applications.

Next Generation Photovoltaics Center
The Mechanical Engineering Department’s Materials Engineering Lab (MEL) under the direction of Prof. W.S. Sampath has been in the forefront of CdTe photovoltaic manufacturing technology development since 1991. Numerous pieces of equipment and processes have been developed for synthesis and testing of photovoltaic devices.

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Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory (OBRL)
The mission of CSU’s Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory (OBRL) is to significantly impact the practice of orthopaedic surgery through basic science discovery and highly translational research. The application of solid mechanics to the field of medicine has greatly increased our knowledge of orthopedic pathologies and lead to some of the most successful treatments and implants used in surgery.

Laboratory for Air Quality Research
The mission of the Laboratory for Air Quality Research focuses on using environmental chambers (aka smog chambers) along with gas- and particle-phase instrumentation to quantify and understand the emissions of primary organic PM and formation of secondary organic PM from these new sources.

Advanced Robot Design and Control Lab (website coming soon)
This Advanced Robot Design and Control Lab focuses on the design and control of robotic locomotion systems for various applications from search and rescue, surveillance, and environmental monitoring. For design, the lab aims to achieve printable robots based on multimaterial 3-D printing and novel soft actuators, and for control, they aim to achieve agile locomotion in uncertain environments using the universal vision feedback.

Center for Energy Development and Health
Our mission is to use engineering fundamentals to solve air pollution problems that we face as a society.   We are a multidisciplinary group that values hard work, innovation, and a sense of play.  Our research is designed to make a positive impact on our health and welfare

Sustainability Assessment and Process Evaluation
Current work focuses on the evaluation of emerging technologies through engineering system modeling coupled with sustainability assessments, Life Cycle assessment and Techno-economic Assessment. Research efforts are dedicated to the development of engineering system models validated through experimentation and leveraged for techno-economic feasibility, life cycle assessment, and resource demand of emerging technologies.