Research

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Student and Chair Receive Funding for Hybrid Rocket Project

Since spaceflight began, two types of rocket technologies have been used almost exclusively:  the liquid and solid rocket engine. Both rocket technologies are still used today – often in the same applications – however, there are fundamental trade-offs...

The Future on Mars: Generating Local Magnetic Shields to Protect Astronauts from Radiation in Mars

Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, has been the subject of fiction, scientific research and engineering since the 1800s. It is the most accessible place for life other than on Earth, making it one of the most scientifically interesting locations in...

Sustainable Coastal Protection: The Balance Between Protecting Coastline Structures and Conserving the Environment

In the United States, more than half of the population lives within 50 miles of the coastline. As average annual temperatures and sea level continue to rise, the coastline will likely experience stronger hurricanes and winds leading to higher storm surge...

Concrete vs. Salt: Mitigating the Chemical Deterioration of Roadways from Deicers

In areas prone to winter precipitation, the removal of snow and ice from roadways is crucial to maintaining the safety and efficiency of highway facilities and motorized vehicles. Highway maintenance organizations use large quantities of ice melting materials...
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