The department prides itself on the facilities it maintains for research and testing. University and outside researchers can use our facilities at the rates outlined below.
The Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies Mobile Lab
The Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies (CAPS) mobile laboratory is a facility for conducting air quality research off of the CMU campus. The CAPS mobile laboratory 1 is a custom-outfitted Ford E350 van. The CAPS mobile laboratory 2 is a custom-outfitted Ford E150 van. When fully equipped, they contain the same instrument suite as the Air Quality Laboratory located in Doherty Hall.
Mobile Lab 1, 2008 Ford E350 Box Van: $312.60
Mobile Lab 2, 2007 Ford E150 Van: $0.505 per mile
Assistant Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering
The Mechanical Engineering machine shop offers prototype design and fabrication services for the Mechanical Engineering Department as well as the campus at large.
$54.14 per hour
Nano X-Ray Computed Tomography Facility
The Nano X-Ray CT facility provides user access to the Xradia UltraXRM-L200 nano-scale resolution X-ray computed tomography instrument and its associated sample preparation equipment and image processing software. The instrument is used to image the three-dimensional, internal structure of material samples.
CMU & Federal Customers: $50 access fee + $19.33/hour with a billing cap of access fee + 15 hours
External Academic Customers: $91 access fee + $35.19/hour with a billing cap of access fee + 15 hours
Industry Customers: $172.50 access fee + $66.70/hour with a billing cap of access fee + 15 hours
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Park XE-70 Atomic Force Microscope
Park XE-70 Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) is a complete Atomic Force Microscope system for small and medium size samples, consisting of completely decoupled XY & Z scanners using flexure guided scan system for all three axes, closed/open-loop scan, zero background curvature XY flexure scanner, XE AFM scanning head, direct on-axis optics, high resolution digital CCD camera with digital zoom, manual Z focus stage, manual precision XY sample stage, electronics controller, software and cantilevers. Either Burak Ozdoganlar’s or Fred Higg’s students will train and allow usage to users from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) or from non-CMU personnel who are approved by Professors C. Fred Higgs III or Burak Ozdoganlar, who are the PIs for the equipment.
CMU & Federal Customers: $40.34/hour
Other External Customers: $80.69/hour
The Hysilron Tribolndenter is a nanoindenter that is a complete automated nanomechanical test system, ideal for measuring the hardness and elastic modulus of thin films and coatings. The Tribolndenter provides quantitative nanomechanical testing capabilities with the convenience of modern automation.
CMU & Federal Customers: $74.77/hour
Other External Customers: $149.53/hour
C. Fred Higgs
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Zygo NewView 7300
About The Zygo NewView™ 7300 is a white light interferometer used for characterizing and quantifying surface roughness, step heights, critical dimensions, and other topographical features with excellent precision and accuracy. Measurements are non-contact, nondestructive, fast, and require no sample preparation. Either Burak Ozdoganlar’s students or Fred Higgs’ students will train and allow usage to users from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) or from non-CMU personnel who are approved by Professors C. Fred Higgs III or Burak Ozdoganlar, who are the PIs for the equipment.
CMU & Federal Customers: $50.00/hour
Other External Customers: $100.00/hour