Support Services-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Facilities and Technical Services

The Department of Mechanical Engineering  provides a variety of facilities to support students, faculty, and affiliates.

Laboratories

Mechanical Engineering faculty members maintain state of the art laboratories to explore research questions, innovate new technologies, and collaborate across disciplines.

Shared Facilities

The department prides itself on the facilities it maintains for research and testing. University and outside researchers may access these facilities:

Air Quality Lab

The Air Quality Lab contains a wide array of equipment and instrumentation used to conduct laboratory experiments and field measurements related to air pollution, air quality, atmospheric chemistry, and investigate the impacts of particulate matter on human health and on climate change. Two environmental chamber reactors and associated equipment are the major facilities present. These are used to simulate atmospheric processing of gases and particles. Numerous analytical instruments are also available to characterize key gas-phase and particle-phase components and properties during these experiments.
 
Rate: $336.92 per user

Contact: 
Ryan Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Engineering


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 Carnegie Mellon's 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.

Rates:
Mobile Lab 1, 2008 Ford E350 Box Van: $109.10
Mobile Lab 2, 2007 Ford E150 Van: $0.607 per mile

Contact: Albert Presto, Assistant Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Machine Shop

The Mechanical Engineering machine shop offers prototype design and fabrication services for the Mechanical Engineering Department as well as the campus at large.

Rate: $55.57 per hour

Contact: Jim Dillinger, 412-268-2515


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.

Rates:
CMU & Federal Customers: $65 access fee + $38/hour with a daily billing cap of access fee + 15 hours
External Academic Customers: $118.30 access fee + $69.16/hour with a daily billing cap of access fee + 15 hours
Industry Customers: $224.25 access fee + $131.10/hour with a daily billing cap of access fee + 15 hours

Contact: Shawn Litster, 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.

Rates:
CMU & Federal Customers: $40.34/hour
Other External Customers: $80.69/hour

Contact: Burak Ozdoganlar Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Hysilron Tribolndenter

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.

Rates:
CMU & Federal Customers: $74.77/hour
Other External Customers: $149.53/hour


Zygo NewView 7300

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.

Rates: 
CMU & Federal Customers: $50.00/hour
Other External Customers: $100.00/hour

Contact: Burak Ozdoganlar, Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Shimp Collaborative Computer Center

Thanks to the generousity of Harry Shimp, Jr. (ME ’79), students use the computer cluster on the C level (C101) in Hamerschlag Hall. 45 Windows workstations are equipped with a package of engineering software. These facilities are for use only by mechanical engineering students and faculty.

For service requests or problems with your lab or office, please contact Melissa (x82502) or Ed (x82516).