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Mechanical Engineering

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Research Laboratories 

The Advanced Materials Processing Laboratory (AMPL) is linked to the course ME 543 Powder-Based Manufacturing. The facilities include powder processing facilities, reactive extrusion, spark plasma extrusion (one of a kind), hot equal channel angular extrusion and back extrusion setups, coulter particle size analyzer, tape casting machine, slip casting, two mechanical alloying apparatus (including a SPEX 8000), powder rotator mixer, high accuracy digital balance, powder rotator mixer, powder presses and dies, slip casting setup, abrasive cutter, precision diamond saw, sieve analysis/shaker capabilities, high-temperature tube furnace, spark plasma sintering rig, digital viscometer, self-propagating high-temperature synthesis reactor with reaction wave video capturing capabilities and temperature-time fast response sensors, and microscopes with image analysis facility, materials polishing, grinding and specimen mounting capabilities facilities.

The Bioengineering Laboratory located in E 329, has 800 ftof space in the SDSU Engineering Building and serves as both an instructional and research laboratory. Two workstations equipped with the BIOPAC instructional lab system provide “hands-on” experiences for approximately forty Biomechanics (ME 580) students each year. Ten-twelve undergraduate and graduate students also work on research projects each year in the area of cardiovascular biomechanics, biomaterials and medical devices.  The major experimental research equipment in the laboratory is the SDSU cardiac simulator, an in vitro flow circuit that simulates the circulation of a patient implanted with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD). The laboratory also has a LaVision DPIV camera/laser/software system for measuring both strain and flow.  Additional experimental capabilities include small animal physiology, isolated organs, light microscopy, histological staining, and small-scale mechanical testing of soft materials. The SDSU Bioengineering laboratory has 7 PCs: three workstations for general use, one dedicated to the cardiac simulator, one to the DPIV system, and two for computational modeling/BIOPAC. All needed software for writing, analysis and Internet access are installed on the general use workstations.


The class 100 CleanRoom facility is equipped with state of the art UV exposure system, deep UV lithography system, probe station, and an AFM, is available for MEMS and microfabrication research and instruction (ME 585 and ME 685).

Computational Active Materials Laboratory.

Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. 

The Combustion and Solar Energy Laboratory, located in EIS 211, provides research space for projects involving flammability testing and solar energy conversion.  Undergraduates working on Senior Design projects and graduate students have helped outfit the lab with several pieces of unique equipment. Two material flammability test rigs were constructed to measure the burning rates of various materials to be used aboard spacecraft, such as composites and fabrics. The apparatuses are unique in their ability to recreate space craft atmospheres and flow patterns, especially by reducing the effects of buoyancy that we have on earth but that are not present on space craft.  Another apparatus was built to pyrolyze methane at high pressure and temperature to create a carbon particle suspension to act as a high temperature solar absorbing medium. Additional combustion and solar projects include an apparatus to monitor wind speeds and their effect on wildfires, a solar air conditioner using a donated evacuated tube array, and a solar Stirling engine with a 1.8 m parabolic dish. Additionally, NASA has donated an optical table, a particle image velocimetry laser to use with a high megapixel camera we purchased, and various other components and tools to outfit the laboratory.


The Computational Thermodynamics Laboratory located in E 331, is linked to the Thermal Science courses ME 350, 351, 653.  It is equipped with a Flame Tracker which is an innovative combustion experimental set up devised at SDSU. To overcome the difficulty in studying a spreading flame, the Flame Tracker moves the fuel at exactly the same velocity of the propagating flame in the opposite direction. The flame, therefore, becomes stationary in the laboratory coordinates and can be photographed and probed.

Mechanics of Materials Laboratory.

The Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems Laboratory (MEMS Lab) is equipped with Photoresist Spinner, UV Light Source, and CCD Camera and Stereomicroscope System and various microfluidic equipment for soft lithography and microfabrication. 

The Nanomechatronics Laboratory is equipped with various electronics, instruments, and precision machines such as a nanoindenter, laser, optical table, etc.

The Powder Technology Laboratory (PTL) is linked with the courses ME 645 and ME 646 and is equipped with sintering furnaces, pressing equipment, analytical instruments for material characterizations of different kinds, a SPS machine, optical microscopes, and other state of the art equipment.

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Laboratory, located at E425 A&B, is equipped with a power meter, flow meter, RMP meter, DAS, a combustion analyzer, and other thermal equipment. It houses two funded centers: the Industrial Assessment Center and the Pacific Region CHP Application Center.  The centers have locally networked computers with access to CFD and Energy Simulation Software.

Robotics, Dynamics and Systems Control Laboratory. 


Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, E-326

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182-1323