The Core includes an anechoic chamber used by faculty and students to create a sound field that is not affected by acoustic reflections and is isolated from external noises.
The high-performance laser vibrometer enables the acoustic characterization of silicon MEMS acoustic sensors being developed by Watson College researchers.
The 100 hertz cutoff anechoic chamber has outside dimensions of 20' (W) x 24' (L) x18' (H) and inside dimensions of 13'8"(W) x 17'8" (L) x 11'4" (H). It includes wedges having anechoic properties from 100 hertz to 30,000 hertz and 4" floor panels that sit on a 4" 3-hertz spring isolation system.
There is a 3/32" diameter stainless steel spring tensioned cable floor and support framework with a raised grating floor and an expanded metal entrance ramp. The chamber has been tested in pure tones from 100 hertz to 16,000 hertz and in 1/3 octaves from 100 hertz to 30,000 hertz.
There is a ceiling-mounted, computer-controlled robotic microphone positioning system with 5-axis motion: X, Y, Z, Phi (vertical-plane rotation) and Theta (horizontal-plane rotation) and a data acquisition system and positional system control with 10 input channels with a 160dB dynamic range and DC - 50kHz frequency range per channel and 2 output (source) channels.
Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
Associate Dean for Research, Watson College of Engineering & Applied Science