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Materials Digital Library Pathway

MatDL is part of the National Science Digital Library project. A college level collaborative for Materials Science. Tools, like the Repository and Soft Matter Wiki, to describe, manage, exchange, archive, and disseminate data among national and international government-funded materials teams and centers. Copyrighted material is free to the users. Read More

Research Activities - 113 RW

Education is a central function in the CMTC. There are presently about 30 graduate students and another 10 undergraduate students working on composites-related theses leading to the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in several departments. A list of affiliated faculty and their interests in the area of composite materials and structures is given in the CMTC Faculty Page. Special educational programs are offered in the summer for high school students as well as educators with an interest in composite materials. Read More

Composite Flywheel Energy Storage

Current research in flywheel energy storage in the Composites Manufacturing Technology Center at Penn State University is aimed at developing a cost effective manufacturing and fabrication process for advanced composite rotors. Composites are desirable materials for flywheels due to their light weight and high strength. Lightness in high speed rotors is good from two standpoints: the ultra-low friction bearing assemblies are less costly and the inertial loading which causes stress in the material at high rotational speeds is minimized. High strength is needed to achieve maximum rotational speed. Therefore, advanced composite rotors enable the storage of greater amounts of energy on a per unit weight or volume basis, in comparison with other materials. Furthermore, fiber reinforced composite rotors have been shown to fail in a less destructive manner than metallic rotors — an important factor for safety reasons. Flywheels offer the potential of higher energy and power density in comparison with conventional energy storage devices such as chemical batteries. There is much interest in flywheels for energy storage in applications as diverse as satellites, stationary diurnal storage, uninterruptable power supplies, and hybrid electric vehicles. Read More

Unbounding the Future: the Nanotechnology Revolution

The science is good, the engineering is feasible, the paths of approach are many, the consequences are revolutionary-times-revolutionary, and the schedule is: in our lifetimes. Read More


Manufactured products are made from atoms. The properties of those products depend on how those atoms are arranged. If we rearrange the atoms in coal we can make diamond. If we rearrange the atoms in sand (and add a few other trace elements) we can make computer chips. If we rearrange the atoms in dirt, water and air we can make potatoes. Todays manufacturing methods are very crude at the molecular level. Casting, grinding, milling and even lithography move atoms in great thundering statistical herds. It’s like trying to make things out of LEGO blocks with boxing gloves on your hands. Yes, you can push the LEGO blocks into great heaps and pile them up, but you can’t really snap them together the way you’d like. Read More

Nanowerk Spotlight

Behind the buzz and beyond the hype: Our daily Nanowerk-exclusive nanotechnology feature article. Some stories are more like an introduction to nanotechnology, some are about understanding current developments, and some are advanced reviews of leading edge research. Read More

What is Nanotechnology?

A KQED Multimedia Series Exploring Northern California Science, Environment and Nature. Read More

Circuit Design and Electronics

With National Instruments graphical system design tools, such as NI Multisim and LabVIEW, and prototyping environments, such as the NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS), you can design, prototype, and compare the characteristics of simulated circuits with real-world measurements in a single electronics education platform. Read More

Video Demonstrations of Mechatronic Devices and Principles

Long list of links to video demonstrations. Read More

Design News Mechatronics Zone

Library Holdings. Magazine for design professionals. Read More


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