Mechanical Engineering Department

Research and Facilities

Facilities include:

The Thermal Systems Lab

Thermal Systems Lab

High-Speed Magnetic Bearing Test Stand

High-Speed Magnetic Bearing Test StandThis test stand was custom designed to perform a wide range of experimental research in rotor-bearing dynamics, control and diagnostics. The configuration of the test rig (Fig. 5) provides ability for development and testing of different strategies for controlling rotor vibration, development of control-oriented modeling and design techniques for rotordynamical systems, and study of the new diagnostic techniques based on magnetic bearing actuation and support. The Magnetic Bearing Test Stand consists of:

  • 2 radial magnetic bearings with sensors (12lbf)
  • 1 thrust magnetic bearing (27lbf)
  • 2 exciter bearings (1/2 of the magnetic bearing capacity)
  • 3 different shaft sizes:
  • 1/2" dia ´ 12"
  • 1/2" dia ´ 25"
  • 3/8" dia´ 25"
  • brush type motor (15,000RPM, 48VDC)
  • 3 movable balance disks: 1" thick and two 1/2" thick
  • 4 touchdown bearings (deep groove ball bearings)
  • 2 fully digital 5-axis controllers (one for motor and bearings, another one for exciters)
Bently Nevada Rotor Test Rig

Bently Nevada Rotor Test RigThe Bently Nevada Rotor Kit is a versatile and compact model of a rotating machine which enable to simulate several categories of lateral shaft vibration by duplicating vibration-producing phenomena found in large rotor-bearing systems, e.g., fluid-film bearing oil whirl/whip, loose rotating parts, mass unbalance, shaft bow, etc. Various vibration characteristics may be observed by changing:

  • rotor speed
  • shaft bow
  • rotor stiffness
  • amount and angle of unbalance
  • rotor-bearing relationships

The test rig can also be used to study experimental identification techniques for rotor-bearing systems, and to verify the theoretical modeling predictions.

Rotordynamic Rub Facility

Rotordynamic Rub FacilityThe unique test rig is used to study the high-speed, multi-plane (annular and/or point) rubbing phenomena in rotating machinery and its effect on the rotor dynamic behavior. The test rig include the following:

  • 30in long 3/4" diameter shaft
  • two high precision roller element bearings
  • 12,000 RPM max speed
  • Motor and speed controller (±2% accuracy on RPM, 110VAC 60Hz)
  • 2 pair x-y probes (4 probes total)
  • 2 annular rub generators (radial) with rub switch mechanisms
  • 2 single point rub generators (radial)
  • 2 automatic balancers
  • 2 rotor mass wheels
  • 2 bearing blocks holding Sorbothane washer
  • perturbator device
  • torque transducer
Stirling Laboratory Research Engine (SLRE)

Stirling Lab Reseach EngineThe SLRE is designed and fabricated as:

  • Horizontally-opposed, two piston, single-acting engine
  • Split crankshaft drive mechanism
  • Photo-electric sensor is used to sense top dead center and a shaft angle encoder is used to trigger data acquisition
  • The engine can be electric motor-driven and, thus, can run as a cooler This facility was completely qualified via a research grant from the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) and utilized by CSU graduate students.
The Anechoic Chamber

Anechoic Chamber

The Instrumentaion and Measurements Lab

Instrumentation and Measurements Lab

The Thermoforming Applications Engineering Laboratory (TAEL)

Thermoforming Applications Engineering LabTAEL is a well-equipped center that is available for commercial testing and experimentation. The equipment available includes both production-style apparatus and high precision laboratory devices. With this, the customer may simulate production situations, then gauge the process with state-of-the-art metrology.

Equipment and Capabilities
  • Single-station production thermoforming machine; MAAC Thermoforming Machine
  • A variety of electric and gas-fired heaters
  • High pressure gas delivery system
  • Exhaust hood that is interlocked with the Combustion system and air makeup unit
  • High quality infrared camera for thermal imaging
  • Real time analysis capability for up to 32 signals (from thermocouples, the infrared camera, etc.) simultaneously
  • Gas flow rate meter
  • Electric voltage meter
  • Electric current meter
  • Gas emission analysis capability
  • Spectral emissivity measurement
  • Radiant heat characterization with a spectral radiometer
  • Design of experiments setup and analysis assistance
CSU Basic Industrial Combustion Workshop

Industrial Combustion WorkshopA One-Day Workshop On Combustion Basics 101
Partnership with: Dominion/EOG/HTN/NASA/ASGE


  • 9:00 Arrive/Welcome
  • 9:15 Class Session I (Introduction/Basics/Flame Shape, color, etc/Good Combustion Practice)
  • 10:00 Break
  • 10:15 Hands-On I
  • 11:30 Lunch (Discussion/Feedback)
  • 12:30 Class Session II (Available Heat/Good Combustion Results/Thermo & Heat Balance)
  • 1:15 Hands-On II
  • 2:15 Class Session III (Exercise/Review Hand-On II/Efficient Heating/Activity Summary)
  • 3:15 Adjourn


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Mailing Address
Mechanical Engineering Department
Washkewicz College of Engineering
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave., SH 232
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214
Campus Location
Stilwell Hall Room 232
1980 East 24th Street
Phone: 216.687.2567
Fax: 216.687.5375

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