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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

White HP Measurement Machine

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

machine resembles old school computer with multiple control boards and keyboards

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

Screen with buttons on the right side, resembles a microwave

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

Laser Doppler Vibrometer and Sensor

The Polytec PI CLV-800-FF/1000 Laser Doppler Vibrometer system is a high-precision noncontacting vibration measurement device

Polytec PSV-400 Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer

image of psv-400
The PSV-400 Vibrometer is a cutting edge measurement tool for non-contact measurement,
visualization and analysis of structural vibrations. It determines the operational deflection
shapes and Eigen modes as easily as taking a photograph. Entire surfaces can be scanned and probed automatically using flexible and interactive measurement grids. Measurements can be made over a wide frequency bandwidth. The PSV-400 offers technical excellence with powerful software for dynamic measurement, analysis and real-time chromatic display of data. Designed for resolving noise and vibration issues in R&D and manufacturing, the system is versatile and easy to use. More info:

Trek High-Speed, High Voltage Amplifiers

Black Voltage Amplifier machine

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

Dr. Royston in a chamber filled with triangular prisms of sponge like material that absorb acoustics

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

small room with a chair

Controlled acoustic room. No sound enters. No sound leaves.

B&K Sound Intensity Probe

Sensor and probe, gages

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

Ultrasound machinery and sample imaging

Standard Doppler Ultrasound imaging machine

B&K and PCB accelerometers, strain gages, microphones, air-coupled microphones, hydrophones, vibration shakers, etc.

Sensors, microphones, gages, stethoscopes

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