Pelegri, Assimina A.
Associate Professor; Laboratory Director
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1997
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, Smart Structures, Experimental Mechanics, Structural Analysis and Mechanics of Advanced Composite and Metallic Materials, Failure Characterization and Damage Tolerance.
Memberships and Professional Service
Materials Division, Composite Materials Committee, ASME, 1997-present; Member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Helicopter Society, American Society of Testing Materials.
Academic Interests and Plans
I have been working on establishing and operating the Advanced Materials and Smart Structures Laboratories (AMSL) in MAE. Up to now two labs have been established, namely the AMSL:Fabrication and AMSL:Diagnostics. Research interests involve experimental mechanics and non-destructive diagnostics with applications on micro-elecro-mechanical systems (MEMS), advanced composite materials and "smart" structures, visual diagnostics in fringe based materials' testing, and failure characterization/damage tolerance. The equipment residing in the two laboratories includes a Quesant Atomic Force Microscope, a Hysitron tribometer with scratch and nanoindentation features, an Instron 8800 servohydraulic material testing system with 100K psi and 5K psi capabilities, a SATEK temperature chamber for use with the INSTRON, a ESPEC Platinum temperature/humidity chamber (both chambers residing in the labs have cryogenic capabilities), an Isomet precision saw, an Autoclave for curing of composite materials, and a Modualated Differential Scanning Calorimeter (MDSC) -expected to arrive in AMSL in October 2002-, eight Dell PCs (pentium IV) with an assortment of custom and commercial software. All equipment (~$750k) has been purchased from grants (90%) and startup funds of Prof. Pelegri.