Mechanical Engineering faculty members maintain state of the art laboratories to explore research questions, innovate new technologies, and collaborate across disciplines.
The department prides itself on the facilities it maintains for research and testing. University and outside researchers may access these facilities:
Air Quality Lab
The Air Quality Lab contains a wide array of equipment and instrumentation used to conduct laboratory experiments and field measurements related to air pollution, air quality, atmospheric chemistry, and investigate the impacts of particulate matter on human health and on climate change. Two environmental chamber reactors and associated equipment are the major facilities present. These are used to simulate atmospheric processing of gases and particles. Numerous analytical instruments are also available to characterize key gas-phase and particle-phase components and properties during these experiments.
The Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies Mobile Lab
The Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies (CAPS) mobile laboratory is a facility for conducting air quality research off of Carnegie Mellon's campus. The CAPS mobile laboratory 1 is a custom-outfitted Ford E350 van. The CAPS mobile laboratory 2 is a custom-outfitted Ford E150 van. When fully equipped, they contain the same instrument suite as the Air Quality Laboratory located in Doherty Hall.
Mobile Lab 1, 2008 Ford E350 Box Van: $109.10 Mobile Lab 2, 2007 Ford E150 Van: $0.607 per mile Contact: Albert Presto, Assistant Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Rate: $55.57 per hour Contact: Jim Dillinger, 412-268-2515
Nano X-Ray Computed Tomography Facility
The Nano X-Ray CT facility provides user access to the Xradia UltraXRM-L200 nano-scale resolution X-ray computed tomography instrument and its associated sample preparation equipment and image processing software. The instrument is used to image the three-dimensional, internal structure of material samples.
Rates: CMU & Federal Customers: $65 access fee + $38/hour with a daily billing cap of access fee + 15 hours External Academic Customers: $118.30 access fee + $69.16/hour with a daily billing cap of access fee + 15 hours Industry Customers: $224.25 access fee + $131.10/hour with a daily billing cap of access fee + 15 hours
Contact: Shawn Litster, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Park XE-70 Atomic Force Microscope
Park XE-70 Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) is a complete Atomic Force Microscope system for small and medium size samples, consisting of completely decoupled XY & Z scanners using flexure guided scan system for all three axes, closed/open-loop scan, zero background curvature XY flexure scanner, XE AFM scanning head, direct on-axis optics, high resolution digital CCD camera with digital zoom, manual Z focus stage, manual precision XY sample stage, electronics controller, software and cantilevers. Professor Burak Ozdoganlar’s students will train and allow usage to users from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) or from non-CMU personnel who are approved by Burak Ozdoganlar, the PI for the equipment.
Rates: CMU & Federal Customers: $40.34/hour Other External Customers: $80.69/hour
The Hysilron Tribolndenter is a nanoindenter that is a complete automated nanomechanical test system, ideal for measuring the hardness and elastic modulus of thin films and coatings. The Tribolndenter provides quantitative nanomechanical testing capabilities with the convenience of modern automation.
Rates: CMU & Federal Customers: $74.77/hour Other External Customers: $149.53/hour
Zygo NewView 7300
The Zygo NewView™ 7300 is a white light interferometer used for characterizing and quantifying surface roughness, step heights, critical dimensions, and other topographical features with excellent precision and accuracy. Measurements are non-contact, nondestructive, fast, and require no sample preparation. Professor Burak Ozdoganlar’s students will train and allow usage to users from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) or from non-CMU personnel who are approved by Burak Ozdoganlar, the PI for the equipment.
Rates: CMU & Federal Customers: $50.00/hour Other External Customers: $100.00/hour Contact:Burak Ozdoganlar, Professor of Mechanical Engineering