PEC Labs & Equipment
At the heart of the Precision Engineering Consortium’s facility are four temperature-controlled, vibration-isolated laboratories in which faculty, students, and staff develop new ideas for metrology, precision fabrication, and control. The laboratories (temperature controlled at 20 degree C to ±0.03 degree C) are equipped with the most advanced measurement, computational, and fabrication resources worth over $2 million.
The Precision Engineering Consortium’s computer scientists, physicists, and engineers form a unique multidisciplinary team. These researchers have an impressive array of resources at their disposal in our facility as well as access to the resources of the entire university via collaboration with other laboratories and other faculty. The PEC research team can provide engineering consultation, prototype fabrication and state-of-the-art metrology services to industrial and research communities. This includes services to other on-campus research groups. For more information, please contact Jacob Marx (email@example.com) at (919) 515-3977.
The PEC is well equipped for various types of measurement.
Surface Finish and Form Measurement
The PEC has purchased or built laboratory-scale and production-scale diamond turning machines (Pneumo ASG2500 and Nano Form 600), precision grinders, and a computer-controlled focused ion beam machining system. Custom controllers have been developed and integrated in these machines tools to improve and expand their performance.
- ADE 3401 Microsense 2-Channel Capacitance
- Rank Pneumo Electronic Indicator Gages
- ADE 3910 2-Channel Capacitance Gage
- Federal Products Electronic Indicators
- LLNL Differential Mode Capacitance Gage
- Lion Precision Targa Capacitance Gage
- Hewlett-Packard Laser Interferometers
LVDT’s and Eddy Current Probes Vibration & Force Measurement
- B&K Accelerometers and Instrumented Hammer
- Kistler 3-Axis Load Cells
- PCB Accelerometers and Instrumented Hammer
- Kistler Accelerometers
The PEC’s computing facilities include DSP systems for data acquisition and control and workstation PCs connected to the high-speed campus network. Engineering software site licenses for applications such as ANSYS, AvantEdge, Maple, Matlab, Mathematica, and SolidWorks/Simulation provide access to the latest computing tools for precision engineering.
Other NCSU Facilities
PEC students also have access to other university facilities, such as the Analytical Instrumentation Facility that includes high-resolution scanning electron microscopes.