Research
at the
South Dakota School of
Mines & Technology
Ronald J. White, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Departments at SDSMT
(1913 undergraduates & 264 graduates)
Basic
Sciences
Engineering
Other
Ph.D. Programs
Atmospheric
&
Environmental
Sciences
Physics
(pending)
Geology
&
Geological
Engineering
Materials
Engineeri...
Research Centers
Institute of
Atmospheric
Sciences
Engineering &
Mining
Experiment
Station
Composites &
Polymer
Engineerin...
Research Awards &
Expenditures
$0
$5,000,000
$10,000,000
$15,000,000
$20,000,000
$25,000,000
$30,000,000
$35,000,000
$40,0...
Funding at the School
FY 2010
Grants & Contracts
47%
Tuition, Fees &
Auxiliary Sales
24%
State
Appropriations
19%
Foundati...
Sources of Research Funds
FY 09
NSF
42%
USDOD
37%
USDOE
5%
SD Agency
5%
NASA
4% USDOT
2%
USSBA
1%
Other
1%
Private
1%
USGS...
SD School of Mines Strategic
Foci
• Optimize enrollment
• Grow graduate programs and the
research enterprise
• Secure reso...
Major
Research Foci
at
South Dakota
School of Mines
&
Technology
Science,
Technology,
Engineering
&
Mathematics
(STEM)
Edu...
Deep Underground Science and
Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL)
To develop an
enduring international
underground
laboratory wi...
Research Equipment
EMES
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
Morphology and chemistry at the
millimeter-to-nanometer scale
h...
http://emes.sdsmt.edu
Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
Properties of materials and biological
specimens at sub-nanom...
http://emes.sdsmt.edu
Analytical Chemistry Labs
Determination of metal
content from wt% to ppb
LECO C/S and H/N/O analyzer...
X-Ray Diffraction Lab
Compound identification and
quantification; metals,
ceramics, minerals,
polymers
Rigaku UltimaPlus D...
Other Services Available on Campus (partial list)
 Portable Visible and Near Infrared Spectroradiometer (350-2500 nm)
 P...
Computational Mechanics Lab
Research Equipment
• Computational Mechanics is concerned with the simulation of
advanced engi...
Virtual Prototyping
Computational Mechanics Lab
Virtual Prototyping
Computational Mechanics Lab
Composites and Polymer Engineering Laboratory
(CAPE)
Research Equipment
Materials Research and
Development
• Synthesis of ...
Composites and Polymer Engineering Laboratory
(CAPE)
Research Equipment
Characterization
• Chemical and physical
character...
Gerber Precision Cutting Table
Wardwell
Braider
WAECO Prepregger
Z- Stitcher
CNC Mill
Sandblaster
Table Saw
CNC Lathe
Band
Saw
Drill
Press
Fused Deposition
Compression
Molding Walk- in Oven
4’x8’ Autoclave
RTM/VARTM
Thermal Analysis (TMA, DSC. . )
MTS w/
Environmental
Chamber
Ultrasonic NDT
Advanced Materials Processing Center
Design, Fabricate, and Test Friction Structures
P
P
P
P
Pin Tool Designs
Detail Desig...
Firearm and Ammunition
Industry
What we have to Offer?
• World class research equipment and
facilities
• Technical experti...
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Firearm Forum-White Research

  1. 1. Research at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Ronald J. White, Ph.D. Vice President for Research
  2. 2. Departments at SDSMT (1913 undergraduates & 264 graduates) Basic Sciences Engineering Other
  3. 3. Ph.D. Programs Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences Physics (pending) Geology & Geological Engineering Materials Engineering & Science Mechanical Engineering Chemical & Biological Engineering Nanoscience & Nanoengineering Biomedical Engineering
  4. 4. Research Centers Institute of Atmospheric Sciences Engineering & Mining Experiment Station Composites & Polymer Engineering Laboratory Computational Mechanics Laboratory Additive Manufacturing Laboratory Center for Bioenergy Research & Development NSF I/U CRC Center for Bioprocessing Research & Development Arbegast Materials Processing & Joining Laboratory Center for Friction Stir Processing Repair, Refurbish & Return to Service Applied Research Center Direct Write Laboratory DUSEL Project South Dakota Space Grant Consortium South Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program NSF I/U CRC SD 2010 Center SD 2010 Center
  5. 5. Research Awards & Expenditures $0 $5,000,000 $10,000,000 $15,000,000 $20,000,000 $25,000,000 $30,000,000 $35,000,000 $40,000,000 FY04 FY05 FY06 FY07 FY08 FY09 FY10 Awards Expenditures
  6. 6. Funding at the School FY 2010 Grants & Contracts 47% Tuition, Fees & Auxiliary Sales 24% State Appropriations 19% Foundation & Other 11%
  7. 7. Sources of Research Funds FY 09 NSF 42% USDOD 37% USDOE 5% SD Agency 5% NASA 4% USDOT 2% USSBA 1% Other 1% Private 1% USGS, DOI, DOL, DOS, EPA, USFS 2%
  8. 8. SD School of Mines Strategic Foci • Optimize enrollment • Grow graduate programs and the research enterprise • Secure resources • Continuously improve quality
  9. 9. Major Research Foci at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education Materials & Manufacturing Energy & Environment Underground Science & Engineering 2020 Research Strategy
  10. 10. Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) To develop an enduring international underground laboratory with a best- in-world class scientific program of research, education and outreach and do it as quickly and cost efficiently as possible
  11. 11. Research Equipment EMES Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) Morphology and chemistry at the millimeter-to-nanometer scale http://emes.sdsmt.edu JEOL 840A SEMZeiss Supra 40 VP FE-SEM
  12. 12. http://emes.sdsmt.edu Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) Properties of materials and biological specimens at sub-nanometer scale Hitachi H-7000 TEM Research Equipment EMES
  13. 13. http://emes.sdsmt.edu Analytical Chemistry Labs Determination of metal content from wt% to ppb LECO C/S and H/N/O analyzers Perkin-Elmer AAS Agilent (HP) ICP-MS Research Equipment EMES
  14. 14. X-Ray Diffraction Lab Compound identification and quantification; metals, ceramics, minerals, polymers Rigaku UltimaPlus Diffractometer Research Equipment http://emes.sdsmt.edu EMES
  15. 15. Other Services Available on Campus (partial list)  Portable Visible and Near Infrared Spectroradiometer (350-2500 nm)  Petrographic Services  Concrete Petrography  Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy  Micro-Raman Spectroscopy  UV-Visible Spectroscopy  Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (solid and liquid state)  Gas Chromatography  High Pressure Liquid Chromatography  Fiber and Polymer Analysis  Metallographic Analysis  Mechanical Testing Instrument  Particle Size Analysis  Hardness Testing  Concrete Testing  Remote Sensing and Image Processing Services  Geographic Information Systems Laboratory Research Equipment http://emes.sdsmt.edu EMES
  16. 16. Computational Mechanics Lab Research Equipment • Computational Mechanics is concerned with the simulation of advanced engineering problems. • It brings together highly sophisticated methods of Structural and Applied Mechanics, Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, and encompasses numerical methods for application to various Mechanical Engineering problems. • Computational Mechanics is now a well established and growing discipline which is increasingly exploited by engineers and scientists to optimize existing products and manufacturing processes and to promote the development of new technologies.
  17. 17. Virtual Prototyping Computational Mechanics Lab
  18. 18. Virtual Prototyping Computational Mechanics Lab
  19. 19. Composites and Polymer Engineering Laboratory (CAPE) Research Equipment Materials Research and Development • Synthesis of unique resin systems for enhanced composite processing and performance • Surface modification and functionalization of reinforcement materials: fibers, carbon nanotubes, ceramic nanoparticles…. • Interfacial and inter- phase phenomena • Tailored hybrid/graded structures to provide novel, multi-functional properties Process Innovation and Composite Fabrication Technologies • Precision, low-cost molds via 3D computerized scanning, rapid proto- typing, and laser additive technologies • Advancement of pre- form, RIM, VARTM and compression molding technologies for enhanced composite performance, process efficiency and sustain- ability Modeling and Simulation • Application of state-of the art modeling tools (e.g., ABACUS, ALGOR, FLUENT) for the analysis and design of structures and processes, and for the prediction of mechanical properties • Efficient translation of component design to prototype • System design, simulation and management
  20. 20. Composites and Polymer Engineering Laboratory (CAPE) Research Equipment Characterization • Chemical and physical characterization at the atomic and molecular level using advanced instruments • Optical and electron microscopy • State-of-the art instruments for rheological measurements • Advanced thermal analysis • Defect and failure analysis by non-destructive methods Mechanical Testing • Tensile, flexural, and fatigue testing, with environmental chamber • Impact testing • Projectile velocity measurements via laser doppler velocimetry • Microhardness, nano-indention, and interfacial force microscopy
  21. 21. Gerber Precision Cutting Table Wardwell Braider WAECO Prepregger Z- Stitcher
  22. 22. CNC Mill Sandblaster Table Saw CNC Lathe Band Saw Drill Press Fused Deposition
  23. 23. Compression Molding Walk- in Oven 4’x8’ Autoclave RTM/VARTM
  24. 24. Thermal Analysis (TMA, DSC. . ) MTS w/ Environmental Chamber Ultrasonic NDT
  25. 25. Advanced Materials Processing Center Design, Fabricate, and Test Friction Structures P P P P Pin Tool Designs Detail Designs and Manufacturing Approach Joint Designs Structural Models Efficient Low Cost Fixturing and Tooling Static and Fatigue Testing Metallurgy and Strength Optimization Ti-6-4 Web and Flange Ti-15-333 Stiffeners
  26. 26. Firearm and Ammunition Industry What we have to Offer? • World class research equipment and facilities • Technical expertise and interest • SDSM&T Professors and Staff • Regional manufacturers • Firearm friendly environment

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