ARMOR Lab | UC San Diego
Active, Responsive, Multifunctional, & Ordered-materials Research
The mission of the ARMOR Lab is to pioneer scientific discoveries and pave way for next-generation technologies in intelligent multifunctional materials, structures, and systems. Multifunctional systems are multi-scale material architectures that are precisely encoded with different engineering functionalities that include sensing, actuation, damping, energy harvesting, healing, and enhanced mechanical properties, among many others. These multifunctional materials and technologies are applicable for structural health monitoring of aerospace, biological, civil, marine, and mechanical systems.
The scope of research of the ARMOR Lab is subdivided into three main categories. First, we are interested in designing new multifunctional materials and deriving techniques for encoding these materials with specific functionalities with the target application in mind. Second, innovations in scalable nano-manufacturing and additive manufacturing techniques are of great interest, particularly for transitioning new material technologies from the laboratory bench-top to applications in the field. Finally, algorithms and tomographic techniques that complement these multifunctional materials and allow for the extraction of useful information are critical for maximizing their usefulness for various engineering applications such as structural health monitoring and human health/performance assessment.
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We invite you explore the ARMOR Laboratory website. Here, you will find a collection of recent publications, summary of active research projects, and laboratory information. The physical location of the ARMOR Lab is in the Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) Building, Room 413.