Maurizio Porfiri

The Dynamical Systems Laboratory (DSL) conducts fundamental research in the broad field of modeling and control of complex dynamical systems with specialized expertise in underwater applications. Activities span applied mathematics, design and fabrication of novel hardware, and advanced computations (Brochure). The Lab is a 1500 square foot facility equipped for research and development in the areas of mechatronics, robotics, and vibration testing. The Lab houses a standard suite of electrical/mechanical fabrication and testing equipment, networked computers, and standard software tools, including Ansys, AutoCAD, Mathematica, MATLAB, PSpice, and Solid Works.

General laboratory area:
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The general entrance leads to the main laboratory area. On the left, there are two offices housing 2 and 3 graduate student workstations. Straight ahead in the central photo, there are two additional rooms used for workshop and fish experiments. .

Workshop, live fish, and fluid mechanics/vibrations areas:
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Animal facility
Fluid mechanics/vibration area
The workshop area holds various tools for mechanical and electrical fabrication. The animal facility houses several holding tanks for freshwater fish along with instrumented tanks for behavioral testing. Additional space outside the main laboratory area is available for fluid mechanics and vibration experiments in the Center of Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials.

Key facilities:
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IPMC thrust measurement system
PIV system
Custom-made PIV system
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3D printer
Computer cluster
Water channel
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CNC machine
Circuit printer
Stereoscopic PIV system
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Electrochemical workstation
Sputter facilities
The main laboratory area holds the majority of the experimental setups, including optical tables, particle image velocimetry systems, and various setups for mechanical and electrical testing of smart materials and composites - some of these facilities are shared with the Center of Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials.