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Biofluidic Mechanics Laboratory (BFML)

Kathleen Lamkin-Kennard
Associate Professor

This is part of a shared facility (Drs. Day & Lamkin-Kennard) that includes a total of 1500 square feet subdivided into 4 laboratories, one student office space, one faculty office space, a shower, and two corridors.  The general theme of the laboratory is the experimental measurement of fluid flows related to health or natural biology.  This includes Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), high speed microscopy, and visualization of two-phase flows. One of the rooms is biosafety approved for handling bovine blood. The laboratory includes a permanent optical table, as well as power, cooling, and approved safety measures for use of several lasers. The rooms are equipped with storage areas, benchtops, electricity, and multiple network ports.

Major Equipment: The lab has a 200mJ/pulse laser and a 40 mJ/pulse dual cavity Nd:Yag laser made by NewWave, Inc. A heat exchanger dedicated to cooling the lasers is also operating in the lab and electrical power and water cooling requirements required by the laser and chiller have been installed. An assortment of lenses, mirrors, and optical mounts are mounted on two breadboards 4’x6’ that allows virtually any orientation and size (up to 15cm and as small as a 2mm) of laser sheet to be created and accurately located within the model. An IDT MotionPro X3 high-speed digital video system is in the lab. This camera records at up to 2,000 images/s with a maximum variable digital shutter speed and image resolution of 1,280 x 1,012 pixels. The camera is communicated directly with TSI software via high speed USB. National Instruments analog to digital hardware and computers with LabVIEW software are available and used for simultaneous recordings of pressure, flow or other signals that can be synchronized with the PIV system. The BFML laboratory houses two computers for image processing with 3.4 GHz Pentium 4 processors. These computers are suitable for running both the PIV software and the working with the CFD program. Image analysis is done with TSI Insight 3G or WIDIM software. Other available software includes Microsoft Office; Canvas; Corel Draw; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat; and MiniTab.

Recognitions: Henry Jackson Foundation

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