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Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Technology Services

With 23 core faculty members and additional research engineers and 20 laboratories, the UIC Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is involved in a wide variety of industries including energy, the environment, transportation, heavy equipment, biomedical engineering, consumer products and building sciences. We have partnered with small and large corporations including Abbott, Baxter Healthcare, Carrier, Caterpillar, Ford, Gas Technology Institute, General Electric, General Motors, Goodrich, International, John Deere, Lockheed, McDonnell Douglas, Motorola, Nissan, Pratt & Whitney, Texaco, Trane, Volkswagen and many others. Through our specialty outreach arm, the Energy Resources Center, we also consult with smaller businesses, cultural institutions and government agencies. Our feasibility studies, energy audits and other services allow you to evaluate your concepts and designs more cost-effectively than with competing consulting services.

The mechanical and industrial engineering has the capability and resources to provide industry support in the following interdisciplinary areas.


Mechanical Systems Design, Solid Mechanics, and Failure Analysis

Best practices in mechanical systems design require not only fundamental grounding in mechanics, reliability, and failure at the macro-, micro-, and nanoscales, but also attention to the social setting of mechanical systems and to the decisions and dynamics of the entire design process. As an integrated industrial and mechanical engineering department, we support a holistic design approach.

Faculty experts:

Professors: Farid Amirouche, Prashant Banerjee, Sabri Cetinkunt, Thomas Royston,
Ahmed Shabana

Associate Professor: Michael Scott
Assistant Professors: Elisa Budyn, Carmen Lilley, Laxman Saggere
Principal Researcher: Dan Acuna

Expert Services

  • Computer-aided design
  • Finite element methods
  • Scientific and innovation
  • Decision theory
  • Interdisciplinary product design
  • Six Sigma Methodology
  • Ergonomics
  • Biomechanics
  • Surgical instrument design
  • MEMS
  • Mechatronics
  • Robotics
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Thin films and nanomaterials
  • Fracture mechanics

Labs and Special Equipment

  • Biomechanics Laboratory (Instron 5569 mechanical tester; custom-made prosthetic test rigs)
  • Computational Mechanics Laboratory
  • Engineering Design and Decision Laboratory (Stratasys FDM 3000 rapid prototyping machine)
  • Gear Research Center
  • Mechatronics Laboratory (electro-hydraulic motion control system; microcontrollers for prototyping; steer-by-wire interface R&D stands; adaptive exercise machines for persons with disabilities; nano-positioner with neural network controller; turning machine with nano-metric precision; Brown & Sharpe three axis measurement table)
  • Microsystems and Devices Laboratory (Polytech Micro Scanning Vibrometer MSV-300)
  • MEMS Test and Characterization Laboratory

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Dynamics and Control Systems

Dynamics and control studies are essential in the analysis, performance evaluation and design of mechanical and aerospace systems. The developments of motion control strategies and detailed accurate dynamic models allow for developing and testing virtual prototypes before building the actual models.

Faculty experts:

Professors: Farid Amirouche, Sabri Cetinkunt,
Ahmed Shabana

Expert Services

  • Multi-body dynamics
  • Vehicle dynamics, including active suspension systems
  • Human body vibration
  • Floating body dynamics
  • Controls and automation
  • Finite element methods

Labs and Special Equipment

  • Dynamic Simulation Laboratory
  • Vehicle Technology Laboratory

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Noise and Vibration Analysis and Control

We have comprehensive capabilities in noise and vibration studies, from determining compliance with industry codes and standards to measurement and evaluation of the acoustic or vibratory dynamics of complex facilities or products, including biomedical applications. Techniques include modal analysis, sound intensity mapping and viscoelasticity mapping.

Faculty expert:

Professor: Thomas Royston

Specific Expert Services

  • Workplace noise evaluation
  • Machinery vibration isolation
  • Instrument site placement in high-precision facilities (micro- and nanotechnology)
  • Vibro-acoustic detection of flaws and imminent failure in metallic, polyethylene, and ceramic matrix composite structures
  • Ultrasonic tool design
  • Medical instrument design
  • Gear noise analysis
  • Microscopic magnetic resonance elastography for mapping viscoelasticity in small material samples.

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Acoustics and Vibrations Laboratory

High fidelity data acquisition and DSP (Agilent and B&K systems); Laser vibrometry—single point and microscopic scanning (Polytec systems); Color Doppler Ultrasound Imaging System (Acuson 128xp10); Custom-made acoustic testing facilities (anechoic chamber and sound-proof chamber); wide range of conventional vibro-acoustic transducers (B&K, PCB, Wilcoxon, Trek, MSI, Piezo systems); wide range of software expertise (dynamic system simulation, DSP, FEA, modal analysis)

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Energy Systems and Environmental Quality

The transportation sector and the residential, commercial, and industrial building sector are two major end-users of energy in the United States. We do research and applications engineering in these and other areas with a particular emphasis on the built environment. This includes not only energy conservation in homes and offices but also energy-intensive industrial processes. In addition to helping energy conversion companies with product development, we also perform low-cost industrial energy audits and feasibility studies for various industries. Our research professors are joined by our hands-on professional engineers, architects, and economists in our 30-year-old Energy Resources Center.

 

Faculty experts:

Professors: Suresh Aggarwal, Kenneth Brezinsky, Soyoung Cha, Farzad Mashayek,
William Worek (Department Head and Director, Energy Resources Center)
Research Professor: Alexi Saveliev

Energy Resources Center

Principal Engineers: Michael Chimack, John Cuttica, Douglas Kosar, Mark Pruitt
Senior Engineers: David Chojnowski, William Ryan, Christine Walker
Principal Research Economist: Athanasios Bournakis
Senior Research Economist: Steffen Mueller

Expert Services

  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy, including solar, wind, and biomass
  • Thermal and economic modeling of energy systems
  • Building energy and environmental analysis
  • HVAC
  • Indoor air quality and filtration efficiency
  • Industrial energy audits
  • Combined heat and power applications
  • Combustion chemistry and emissions modeling and control
  • Air pollution control
  • Heat and mass transfer

Labs and Special Equipment

  • Air Cleaning Technology Laboratory (custom-built rig to test for removal of gaseous contaminants from indoor air, such as volatile organic compounds, according to ASHRAE standard 145.2P)
  • Energy Systems Laboratory (Pulsed plasma reactors with thyratron 15 kV, 2 kHz pulsed power supply; Supercritical fluid reactor with high pressure pump; Opposed flow flame burner with diagnostic system; Varian CP-3800 gas chromatographs; Princeton Instrument nanosecond imaging system; Bruker IFS-66 FTIR spectrometer; Acton Research imaging spectrometer SP-500i)
  • Flow and Combustion Simulation Laboratory
  • Heat and Mass Transfer Laboratory
  • High Pressure Shock Tube Laboratory (single pulse, high temperature, high pressure shock tube for combustion species detection and measurement by advanced gas chromatography and mass spectrometry analysis

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Fluid Systems

Fundamental understanding of fluid dynamics and mechanics is vital to the efficient design and development of an increasing number of commercial applications in diverse fields such as automotive and aerospace, energy systems, and biomedical engineering. Our fundamental and applied work in this area relies on experiments in our five fluids laboratories and computer simulations using the best available hardware and software for Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Faculty experts:

Professors: Suresh Aggarwal, Subrata Chakrabarti, Soyoung Cha, Farzad Mashayek,
Constantine Megaridis
, Alexander Yarin
Associate Professor: Francis Loth

Expert Services

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Laser experimentation and instrumentation for fluid and particle flows
  • High-speed imaging
  • Electron microscope characterization and analysis
  • Biofluids, including rheology and cranial fluids
  • Micro- and nanofluids for enhancement of heat and mass transfer
  • Plasma
  • Fluid-particle transport
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Free-surface flow
  • Turbulence
  • Single and multiphase systems
  • Droplet/spray processes
  • Electrospinning of fibers

Labs and Special Equipment

  • Biofluids Laboratory (Laser-Doppler velocimeter and anemometer)
  • Computational Multiphase Transport Laboratory
  • Droplet and Particle Technology Laboratory (calorimetry, electron microscopy)
  • Micro- and Nanofluidics Laboratory (Barnstead programmable furnace; Olympus BX 51 microscope; Brookfield DV-II+ programmable viscometer)
  • Opto-Mechanical Technology Laboratory (High-speed high-resolution CMOS Cameras, Canadian Photonics Labs, Model MS80K; X-Y Precision Motorized Translation Stage, Aerotech, Model ATS200015; Ng-Yag Diode-pumped cw Laser, 220mw, Lightwave Electronics; Double-Pulsed Ruby Laser, 1J/pulse, Laser Photonics)

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Industrial Engineering

Complex systems such as hospitals, transportation networks, production shop floors or aircraft need the best industrial engineering and operations research to analyze and optimize their reliability, maintainability, and operating efficiency. Our experience in modeling, analysis and development of a wide variety of mechanical and industrial systems, including for example helicopters and supply chains, enables us to offer low-cost consulting services to almost any industry or application.

 

Faculty expert:

Professor: Prashant Banerjee
Associate Professors: Houshang Darabi, David He
Assistant Professor: Elodie Adida
Principal Researcher: Dan Acuna

Expert Services

  • Supply chain modeling and dynamics
  • Manufacturing information systems
  • Production planning
  • Optimization
  • Six Sigma Methodology
  • Tagushi Methods
  • Quality control
  • Data mining and analysis
  • Equipment health diagnostics and prognostics
  • Radio Frequency Identification in supply chains
  • Discrete event simulation
  • Industrial automation
  • Failure and reliability analysis of manufacturing systems
  • Safety engineering

Labs and Special Equipment

  • Discrete Event Systems Control Laboratory
  • Intelligent Systems Modeling and Development Laboratory

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Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) simulations and technology can assist almost any industry in diverse areas such as design, manufacturing, processing, logistics, transportation and distribution. At UIC we have developed several proprietary VR systems, including ImmersiveTouchTM, the first system that coordinates a haptic device with a head tracking system for fully realistic stereoscopic display. Collaborative work across the scientific, medical, and engineering fields occurs in the Industrial Virtual Reality Institute.

Faculty expert:

Professor: Prashant Banerjee

Expert Services

  • Factory and process models
  • Remote engineering
  • Product simulation collision detection
  • Real-time inverse kinematics
  • Medical and surgical simulations, including neurosurgery
  • Manipulation of objects using sensor data and real-time control inputs in a CAVE, C-Wall or ImmersaDesk4 environment
  • Integration of factory layout, material handling, and manufacturing equipment control models

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Kenneth Brezinsky
UIC Engineering Corporate Relations 
Office 851 S. Morgan St. Rm 812
Chicago, IL 60607-7043 
Telephone: 312-996-5843 
Email: kenbrez@uic.edu