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MURI Program: Motorsports Engineering or Equivalent

DUE is home to IEL and the CRL which is administering the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) both in the academic year and the summer, which creates and supports multidisciplinary research teams consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, senior staff and faculty. The primary purpose of these teams is to provide undergraduates a unique opportunity to gain research skills by working with mentors on real world problems.

Overview of department:
The mechanical engineering curriculum provides a broad base on which to build an engineering career. Traditional subjects in mechanical engineering are complemented by extensive computer experience in such areas as computer-aided design and numerical problem solving. The program's flexibility allows students to specialize in their area of interest through choosing electives. Part-time employment is available to students in the research laboratories of the department. Such experience enhances course work and is particularly valuable to those who later undertake graduate study.

Project summary:
To establish an experimentally supported BML framework to develop ultralight CFRP composites via enhancements of carbon fibers with CNFs, epoxy resin system with CNCs, and interlaminar properties using ENFs. To develop a roll-roll composite enhancer model and setting up the objective functions to maximize the mechanical performance (e.g., maximization of fracture strain and impact energy absorption).

Specific tasks that the MURI student will complete: 

To manufacture optimum CNC-epoxy nanocomposites for carbon fiber impregnation. Experimental short-beam shear and flexural tests data will be used for different wt% of CNCs, and different mixing strategies. Design and analysis of computer experiments (DACE) will be performed for model calibration (based on likelihood estimation) and multi-task BML will drive the optimization (based on model error/statistical lower bound and probability of improvement). The objective function of this optimization is the maximization of mechanical performance (e.g., maximization of fracture strain and impact energy absorption).

Specific qualifications (knowledge, skills, class standing, etc) we desire the MURI candidate to have:

All Students from Schools of Engineering and Technology and Science are encouraged to apply!

Learning objectives:
  1. Integrates theory and practice in the field of composite materials and automotive engineering
  2. Considers energy efficiency and environmental implications