Research in MMDL

The research in MMDL involves integration of experimental and modeling (both theoretical and numerical) approaches to a broad range of problems in multi-scale manufacturing processes and equipment. The current projects can be categorized into the following five Research Thrusts:

 


Application-Oriented Research

The research in this Thrust mainly includes project related to multiscale manufacturing of biomedical devices. Following are some sample projects from this Research Thrust. Follow the links for more information about each project:

  • Microvelcro: Fabrication of Implantable Microbarbs for Medical Attachment Components.
  • Micromachinability of Engineering Materials.
  • Fabrication of Microfluidic Channels with Complex Geometry and Circular Cross-Section.
  • Transdermal drug delivery using dissolvable microneedle arrays.
  • Ultra-compliant brain probes with stiff biodegradable needles
  • Bone Drilling: Thermo-mechanical modeling and experimentation.

Novel Micro/Nano Manufacturing Techniques

The research in this Thrust mainly includes project related to multiscale manufacturing of biomedical devices. Following are some sample projects from this Research Thrust. Follow the links for more information about each project:

  • Diamond Polishing to fabricate single-srystal diamond micro-endmills.
  • Fabrication of ceramic microtools
  • Nanomilling: A tip-based mechanical nanomanufacturing process
  • A hybrid process to manufacture ceramic microstructures

Dynamics and Vibrations of Micro-Scale Structures

The research in this Thrust mainly includes project related to multiscale manufacturing of biomedical devices. Following are some sample projects from this Research Thrust. Follow the links for more information about each project:

  • Dynamics of Ultra-High-Speed (UHS) miniature spindles.
  • Three-dimensional dynamic modeling for microtools using the spectral-Tchebychev technique
  • Spectral-Tchebychev solution for 3D dynamics of parallelipipeds, including beams, plates, and solids
  • StaRC-3D: Hybrid modeling of machine tool-spindle-holder-cutting tool assemblies by combining the spectral-Tchebycev and Receptance Coupling techniques
  • Dynamics of pre-twisted structures with curved cross-section

Mechanics of Micro/Nano-scale Material Removal

The research in this Thrust mainly includes project related to multiscale manufacturing of biomedical devices. Following are some sample projects from this Research Thrust. Follow the links for more information about each project:

  • Orthogonal cutting of fcc single-crystals: A simplified model that merges cutting mechanics and microplasticity.
  • A rate-sensitive model for machining of single-crystal fcc materials (orthogonal and oblique cutting).
  • Machining of coarse-grained aluminum.
  • A finite-elements model for orthogonal cutting of fcc materials.

Precision Metrology and Manufacturing

The research in this Thrust mainly includes project related to multiscale manufacturing of biomedical devices. Following are some sample projects from this Research Thrust. Follow the links for more information about each project:

  • Error motions of UHS miniature spindles: A measurement methodology and associated uncertainty.
  • Error motions of a hybrid-bearing UHS spindle.
  • Dynamic characterization and open-loop control of stacked piezoelectric actuators.