This past fall, Dr. Hartl and a small group of students had the pleasure of meeting for several hours with Larry Schueckler, an accomplished full-time sculptor residing in the College Station area, to discuss the integration of shape memory alloy elements into artworks and architectural creations.
This Friday (12/14), six of our current research students graduated as part of the Class of 2018. As a lab that firmly believes in undergraduate research, it was a pleasure to have somehow been involved with the development of the next generation of Aerospace Engineers. Among the graduating students, Jacob, Michayal, and Madalyn have been in the lab from its conception and will continue their studies at A&M.
Graduate Student Patrick Walgren took home top honors in the academic poster competition at the Dassault-Systemes Simulia Regional Users Meeting (RUM). Patrick presented work completed during his summer internship at the Air Force Research Lab, titled “Structural Design of Adaptive Cylinders.”
Graduate student Brent Bielefeldt represented the MAESTRO Lab at the 29th International Conference on Adaptive Structures and Technologies (ICAST) hosted by Konkuk University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Seoul, South Korea. In addition to networking with members of the community and learning about recent advancements in the field of adaptive structures, Brent won Best Student Oral Presentation for his paper entitled “Expanding the Design Space Via Graph-Based Interpretation of L-System Encodings for Topology Optimization of Multifunctional Structures”. [Read more…] about Graduate Student Wins Best Student Oral Presentation Award at ICAST 2018
This year, Maestro team attended en masse the SMASIS (Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems) conference that took place at San Antonio, TX. The group consisted of Dr. Hartl, seven grad students, and Boeing Tech Fellow Jim Mabe. As the most important conference in the Adaptive Structures community, the team submitted and presented six conference proceedings (including an Invited Speaker session presented by Dr. Hartl). Furthermore, the team was involved with the yearly CASMART (Consortium of the Advancement of SHapep Memory Alloy Technology) where each member presented an overview of their research. Other activities included a high school STEM outreach event, networking with members of the community, and student competitions.
After a hot summer where the graduate students were off doing internships in Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, Utah, and Colorado the Maestro Group decided to cool off for a weekend at a beach house in Rockport, Texas where we explored the mechanical properties of crab shells and its interfacing with sufficient amounts of butter.
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.