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Energy and Motion Laboratory


Mario Gomes
Senior Lecturer

The Energy and Motion Lab uses the tools of rigid-body and non-linear dynamics to design novel systems related to the production or conservation of energy, including tethered airfoil systems, translating hydrofoil systems, and a prototype semi-walking robot. There is a mix of undergraduate students and graduate students working in the lab on these research projects. The work varies from Multidisciplinary Senior Design projects to graduate thesis work, to freshman students who want to get exposed to research at an early stage in their education. The lab also contains a CNC foam cutter and water tow tank, which are frequently used by other research and design groups in their own work, and in several mechanical engineering courses for project work. Some students work on writing and analyzing computer simulations, in Matlab and other languages, to help design and control our systems. Students also design, build, and test new components. Other students devise and conduct experimental tests, run data acquisition hardware, collect data, and analyze that data.

Major equipment: 16’ custom tow tank (designed and fabricated at RIT), computer workstations for simulations, CNC foam cutter, vinyl cutter.

Recognitions: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA P3.

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