Dr. Darren Hartl, of the Maestro Lab at Texas A&M University, sponsored a Mechanical Engineering Senior Design team to design and build a new test section for a 2-story closed-loop wind tunnel in the basement of the Aerospace Engineering building. The new test section needed to be able to take accurate acoustic measurements for research purposes. The team spent the spring of 2018 doing research and design on the anechoic chambers, then spent the summer of 2018 fabricating the design. The finished product was installed and tested in August 2018.
Several years of effort on exploring shape memory alloys for airframe noise reduction have recently been summarized in a recent Case Study published by Software Cradle, a subsidiary of MSC Software and providers of SC/Tetra, which produces all CFD results associated with the project.
Assistant Professor and MAESTRO Lab founder Darren Hartl was recently named a 2018 recipient of the Dean of Engineering Excellence Award
The MAESTRO team battled through windy conditions and frigid temperatures near 65 degrees to compete in the 1st-Annual MAESTRO Masters Golf Tournament.
On April 7, undergraduate researchers Hannah Stroud and Samuel Murley won the undergraduate student research poster portion of the University Technical Competition hosted by the South Texas division of ASME. The pair presented their poster on multiphysical characterization of avian inspired morphing wings and discussed 3D digital image correlation augmented by infrared imaging methods for obtaining shape and temperature data for a wing mounted in a wind tunnel.
Congrats Hannah and Sam!
Texas A&M has a campus located in Qatar and every spring break, they send a delegation to the College Station campus and facilitate interactions with them and the students in here. One of their stops on the tour this year was the Maestro VR Studio where they got to try out AR/VR, many for the first time, and understand how these emerging technologies are used in Education. They ended their visit with eating A&M themed cookies, what a sweet treat!
On February 22nd, the Maestro Lab had the opportunity to host senate and congressional staffers in the VR Studio. They were all gifted a small SMA band that would always morph back into the shape of Texas when heated. They heard about all that the Maestro Lab is doing to advance space concepts using SMAs and how we’re utilizing VR to create the next generation learning experience.
After two days of interviewing and filming and a week of work by Uprooted Productions, we are excited to share the story of our team:
This last week the students in the Maestro Lab were involved in multiple STEM outreach programs, emphasizing the laboratory’s commitment to education. [Read more…] about STEM outreach week at Maestro
Once again the Maestro group had a strong presence at the SciTech conference, the biggest aerospace conference in the US with more than 4200 participants and 2000 technical papers. Representing the lab, PhD student Pedro Leal and Dr. Darren Hartl presented four technical papers related to the avian-inspired and EVA glove projects (all papers are listed below). [Read more…] about MAESTRO Team Attends AIAA SciTech in Orlando