LABS & FACILITIES
Marine hydrodynamics Laboratory
The Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory (MHL) is used in several group courses and for individual directed studies is located on the first floor of West Hall on main campus. Its facilities include:
- Main model basin
- Low turbulence free surface water channel
- Gravity-capillary water wave tank
- Propeller tunnel
Marine Renewable Energy laboratory
The Marine Renewable Energy Laboratory (MRELab) is dedicated to developing technology to harness the abundant, clean, and renewable marine energy in an environmentally sustainable way and at a competitive cost. The current focus of the MRELab is to study the underlying science of the VIVACE Converter, which was invented in the MRELab (three patents pending) to harness the hydrokinetic energy of ocean/river currents/tides.
Perceptual Robotics laboratory
The Perceptual Robotics Laboratory (PeRL) at the University of Michigan studies problems related to autonomous navigation and mapping for mobile robots with a focus on computer vision techniques for perceptual sensing.
marine structures design laboratory
The Marine Structures Design Laboratory (MSDL) is focused on developing the next generation of structural design and analysis tools for the marine industry including; creating rapid and accurate strength methods for lightweight aluminum marine structures, building unique evolutionary optimization approaches for rapid trade-space exploration of structural designs, developing novel tools to allow in-service re-assessment of structures and updatable forecasting of lifecycle cost, reliability, and capability.
Deep robot optical perception laboratory
The DROP (Deep Robot Optical Perception) Lab’s goal is to develop robotic systems capable of operating in complex dynamic environments. We seek to expand and improve the perceptual capabilities of autonomous systems, to push the bounds of scale and resolution in 3D reconstruction, segmentation, data mining, and visualization for massive datasets gathered with robotic systems. We expect to continue to advance research in robotic perception, which we believe has the potential to develop new robotic task domains.
real-time adaptive control engineering laboratory
Real-time Adaptive Control Engineering Lab (RACELab) was established by Professor Jing Sun to support advanced research and graduate education for marine system control and optimization. The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art real-time simulation and control rapid prototyping technologies. An 8-node Opal-RT simulator and several programmable power supplies and loads form a reconfigurable platform for real-time simulation, control rapid prototyping and optimization algorithm validation.
Computational ship hydrodynamics laboratory
The Computational Ship Hydrodynamics Laboratory (CSHL), lead by Associate Professor Kevin Maki, pioneers the development of advanced methods and numerical algorithms for a wide range of ship flow problems including velocity decomposition, hydroelesticity and slamming, design for arctic operations, and design events in extreme seas.
Advanced naval concepts research laboratory (ANCR)
The Advanced Naval Concepts Research Laboratory (ANCR) at the University of Michigan furthers the capabilities of naval vessel designers through educations, research, and support of existing Navy programs.