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Our lab works with the following facilities:
UIC Research Resource Center
The Research Resources Center is a division of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. RRC offers research faculty and staff a diverse inventory of high-end scientific equipment as well as a wide range of services. The RRC also welcomes external users doing scientific research.
UIC Nanotechnology Core Facility
The Nanotechnology Core Facility (NCF) at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a versatile MEMS/Nano facility and is accessible to both non-profit academic and industrial researchers. With over 4000 sq. ft. of clean room and laboratory space in the Engineering Research Facility (ERF) building, the NCF is one of the largest in the Chicago-metro area.
Nanotechnology Core Facility enables research by providing access, training, service and process guidance on fabrication and characterization equipment. As a research and development laboratory, NCF is dedicated to application of integrated circuit and fiber optic technology to improve manufacturing methods for MEMS/Nano devices, BioMEMS, Microfluidic, Electromechanical, Mechanical, Chemical, Optical, Photonic and multi-functional devices, some of which have previously been built by more traditional techniques.
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The following are pieces of equipment used in our lab:
Hewlett Packard VXI High Speed Measurement systems
VXI High Speed Measurement systems. We have 8 (80 kHz bandwidth) and 16 (25 kHz bandwidth) channel systems for data acquisition and real-time FFT-based analysis of dynamic systems, such as acoustic and vibratory systems. These are controlled via computer via an IEEE firewire from with the interactive MATLAB workspace.
B&K 3550 Multi-channel Data Acquisition System
Classic 8-channel acoustics and vibration data acquisition system. Built in custom software and programs for wide range of acoustic and vibration measurement methods
Hewlett Packard 35670 Multi-channel dynamic signal analyzer
Portable 2-channel acoustics and vibration data acquisition system. Built in custom software and programs for wide range of acoustic and vibration measurement methods
Polytec PI CLV-800-FF/1000 Laser Doppler Vibrometer system
The Polytec PI CLV-800-FF/1000 Laser Doppler Vibrometer system is a high-precision noncontacting vibration measurement device
Trek High-Speed, High Voltage Amplifiers
The Trek High-Speed, High Voltage Amplifiers are ideal for driving and monitoring electrical indices of piezoceramic transducers, including 1-3 piezocomposites and Active Fiber Composites (AFCs)
Fully Anechoic Chamber
Simulates free field condition for precise acoustical studies. Walls ideally absorb all acoustic energy from source in chamber and prevent external noise from contaminating measurement
Sound Proof Chamber
Controlled acoustic room. No sound enters. No sound leaves.
B&K Sound Intensity Probe
Consists of 2 phase-matched high-precision microphones mounted on custom probe for taking measurements of sound intensity. Sound intensity gives directivity information in addition to strength of acoustic signals.
Acuson 128xp Color Doppler Ultrasound Imaging System
Standard Doppler Ultrasound imaging machine
B&K and PCB accelerometers, strain gages, microphones, air-coupled microphones, hydrophones, vibration shakers, etc.
Accelerometers – surface-mounted acceleration (motion) sensors. Strain gages – surface-mounted strain (deflection) sensors. microphones – measure sound pressure. air-coupled microphones = electronic stethoscopes vibration shakers – self-explanatory