iMAPS Laboratory is strongly founded on the ground breaking discoveries and its unique expertise in the field of Acoustics and Ultrasonics, while exploiting the physics of smart materials. Despite, conducting the fundamental scientific research, iMAPS is equally devoted to contribute to the real world applications. Its central focus is nondestructive assessment and health monitoring of the aerospace, mechanical and biological materials.
Our Mission Statement: i-MAPS mission is to fundamentally understand the philosophy of nature in order to break new grounds in science and technology in the field of nondestructive health assessment of engineering and biological materials. Being said, while serving the aerospace industries the mission is to utilize, Ultrasonics and Acoustics, via novel, unique and reliable predictive simulation methods, which is to further enable new design of sensors, structures, implement biomimimetics and integrate bio-origami with engineering.
Ultrasonic Nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of materials and understanding the incubation of damage in composites being the primary activity, iMAPS has four diverging research directions:
- Modeling Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and virtual NDE and experiments at multiple length scales using in-house predictive simulation methods, to design and verify the NDE/SHM experiments for aerospace applications
- Understanding the biomechanics of acoustics and implementing the mechanism to the design of novel sensors, smart structures and acoustic energy harvesters for aerospace applications (patent pending),
- Devising new ultrasonic NDE methods namely Quantitative Acoustic Contrast Tomography (Q-ACT, patent pending) and Quantitative Ultrasonic Image Correlation (QUIC), to investigate the mechanical landscape and dynamic architecture of the biological species for example, microbiome, cancer clusters, fungi infected crops, food supply chain etc. such that alternative remedial action could be further investigated.
- Integrating the structural components with the biological species through predictive bio-origami while exploiting the high entropy fractal architecture and their complex dynamics, to exploit the novel mechano-chemical actuation and sensing possibilities.