Advanced materials

The shock tube in the Dynamic Photomechanics Laboratory simulates a blast by directing a controlled shock wave towards a specimen.

Advanced materials and structures in extreme environments

Professor Arun Shukla’s team literally blows things up to learn how to better keep them together.

Using shock tubes, a 2,000-gallon underwater pressure tank and high-speed cameras capable of capturing thousands of frames per second, they can slow down time to study how materials will act under extreme temperatures, pH, heat transfer rates, and pressure.

Other engineers are exploring the effect that extreme environments have on carbon composite materials by studying them at the molecular level, as new materials are replacing steel and aluminum in applications such as aircraft and undersea robots. They are researching new composite materials, that are lighter and easier to maintain than traditional metals, but have a higher tolerance for damage.


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Faculty

Distinguished Engineering Professor

Chemical Engineering

401.874.2804bosea@uri.edu

Professor and Graduate Director

Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering

401.874.2356chelidze@uri.edu

Associate Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

401.874.5637sumanta_das@uri.edu

Assistant Professor

Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering

401.874.4248ashgiri@uri.edu

Distinguished Engineering Professor

Chemical Engineering

401.874.2085ogregory@uri.edu

Assistant Professor

Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering

401.874.4556hmatos@uri.edu

Assistant Professor

Chemical Engineering

ryanps@uri.edu

Professor Research

Ocean Engineering

401.874.6591gpotty@uri.edu

Simon Ostrach Professor

Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering

401.874.2283shuklaa@uri.edu

Professor

Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering

401.874.5934taggart@uri.edu


People are just now discovering all the benefits of these materials in terms of cost savings and their performance in extreme environments. Our research is helping to advance the field.
Arun Shukla