Auburn faculty receive awards from Department of Defense

Published: Apr 7, 2006 12:11:49 PM
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Two faculty members in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering have been awarded grants through the Department of Defense's Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. Hareesh Tippur, alumni professor in mechanical engineering, and Brian Thurow, assistant professor in aerospace engineering, received the only such awards in Alabama for this year.

"That this grant was awarded in today's competitive funding environment indicates the caliber of research at Auburn," Tippur said. "The fact that only Auburn researchers were funded in this cycle for the whole state of Alabama shows the true strength of Samuel Ginn College of Engineering."

His research will focus on developing sophisticated facilities for high-strain rate testing of materials, with failure characterization being a main component. The award will provide equipment, such as a high speed camera capable of capturing failure events at up to 2 million frames per second, and a high velocity gas-gun already operational in his laboratory.

"This award recognizes the many contributions of mechanical engineering at Auburn towards lightweight, multifunctional materials development for military applications," Tippur said.

Thurow's research focuses on the development of laser diagnostics for fluid dynamic measurements. His lab already houses a purpose-built pulse burst laser system that can produce high energy laser pulses at rates exceeding 1 million pulses per second. When used with a high-speed camera, this system can be used to measure pulses up to 1 million frames per second

"I am extremely honored to be receiving this award, particularly since it is still early in my career," Thurow said. "The award is a great investment as it will open up a large number of doors in terms of the research in which my laboratory will be able to participate."

The award will provide Thurow's lab with a high-speed imaging system capable of framing rates up to 250,000 frames per second. This will enable the development of new aerodynamic measurement techniques that take advantage of these high-speed characteristics, a project that would be impossible without the proper equipment.

"This award and the state-of-the-art diagnostics developed as a result help position the university and college to be leaders in aerospace engineering, particularly with respect to the growing presence of the Aerospace industry within the state of Alabama," Thurow said.