Dr. Hobeck traveled to Iowa State University to meet with Dr. Alipour and her team. The meeting marked the official kickoff for a 3-year National Science Foundation funded project that will be a collaborative effort between KSU and ISU. The project focuses on developing a smart morphing façade (smorphaçade) system that will adapt with changing wind conditions in order to mitigate wind-induced vibrations in tall buildings. Photo: (left-to-right) Behrouz Shafei, Jared Hobeck, Partha Sarkar, Alice Alipour. Photo credit: Christopher Gannon, ISU photographer.
The MSL has undergone major changes in recent weeks. The materials testing hardware donations described in an earlier post was installed and is now operational. Moving the 1 ton load frame to the 2nd floor lab was no easy task. However, our group put our minds and muscles to the test and made the move seamless! The top left image shows the load frame in the Rathbone Hall elevator. The top right image shows the group handling the freight containing the MTS hydraulic pump used to power the load frame. The bottom images show the load frame in its fully upright position in the MSL. The lab setup was significantly modified to accommodate this huge frame! Peek in the MSL window at 2087 Rathbone Hall to see our new hardware!
We would like to sincerely thank Phillips-Medisize for their generous donation of an MTS 810 load frame system to MSL in the Mechanical and Nuclear engineering department at Kansas State University. The donated equipment serves as an essential upgrade to our material testing capabilities and will meet urgent needs spanning multiple aspects of our mission both in research and education.