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 2500 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:
lab_entrance lab_offices lab_main
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:
workshop fish_room center
Animal facility
Prototyping/underwater testing
workshop fish_room center
Vibration area
Characterization facility
Fluid mechanics 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. A dedicated area is used for prototyping and testing of miniature underwater robots. A separate room is used for vibration experiments and mechanical testing. Additional space outside the main laboratory area is available for fluid mechanics and material characterization experiments in the Center of Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials.

Key facilities:
LDV water_tunnel_PIV laser
Laser Doppler velocimeter
Canned planar PIV system
High power laser
electrochemical server water_tunnel
Electrochemical workstation
Computer cluster
Water channel
vivarium circuit_plotter stereo_PIV
Circuit printer
Stereoscopic PIV system
printing_station sputter fluorometer
3D printer
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.