The research missions of the Structural Dynamics and Controls Lab (SDCL) at the University of Michigan (U-M) are to create novel analysis, design, and control methodologies for the discovery, understanding and realization of emerging systems with advanced functionalities and performances, such as high adaptivity, high precision, high mobility, low vibration, etc. The lab is directed by Dr. K. W. Wang, Stephen P. Timoshenko Collegiate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. For detailed information about our lab, please proceed to the following links to review our recent research activities, publications, and lab members and alumni.
The SDCL research projects are funded by various industrial and government sponsors. Past and present sponsors include Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army Research Office, DARPA, Eastman Kodak Company, Electrical Power Research Institute, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Jet Propulsion Lab, Lord Corporation, NASA, National Rotorcraft Technology Center, National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, and Teledyne.
The Lab has a variety of experimental and computational facilities. Experimental equipment include DSPACE and other high-speed DSP board based digital controllers, laser vibrometers, spectrum analyzers, data acquisition and signal processing units, modal analysis equipment, and wide range of instrumentation such as shakers, fiber optics displacement probes, and specialized high voltage power supplies. Various specialized testbeds have been developed in the lab for experimental investigations, such as system damping and energy harvesting bi-stable sub-assembly testbed, periodic structure control testbed, reflector surface control testbed, and automotive powertrain piezo-hydraulic actuator dynamic test stand.
Throughout the years, the SDCL has created new paradigms, pioneered innovative and bold directions, and made significant contributions and impacts to the research field as well as to industry.