Research in acoustics and vibration is one of Penn State's enduring strengths. The steady growth of research in acoustics and vibration in recent years establishes the Penn State program as the largest and most respected of its kind at a major research university. The Center for Acoustics and Vibration (CAV), housed in the Penn State College of Engineering, ensures the continued excellence of acoustics and vibration research in the new millennium.
The CAV has three missions:
- to strengthen basic and applied research in related engineering areas;
- to foster graduate education in acoustics and vibration engineering; and
- to provide a base for technology transfer to industry.
The center consists of faculty, graduate students, and staff in nine laboratories throughout the College of Engineering. These laboratories perform both disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research in areas related to acoustics and vibration. Areas of research activity include: active control, adaptive structures, flow-induced noise, structural health monitoring, propagation and radiation, rotorcraft acoustics and dynamics, structural vibration and acoustics, and underwater acoustics.
News and Upcoming Events
Please welcome these new CAV sponsors and liaisons:
- Corporate sponsor: Pratt and Whitney: Rick LaBelle and Lon Preston
- Government liaison: NASA Glenn Research Center: Bill Hughes, Anne McNelis, Mark McNelis
- Government liaison: Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River: Barry Walden
- International liaison: Katholieke University,Leuven Noise and Vibration Research Group: Professor Wim Desmet
- International liaison: Hong Kong Polytechnic University Consortium for Sound and Vibration Research: Professor Li Cheng
- Vendor liaison: PCB Electronics
- Vendor liaison: Wilcoxon/Meggitt
This year’s CAV Spring workshop, was held 29-30 April 2013 at the Nittany Lion Inn, featuring:
- Talks from our 8 CAV technical groups, 7 international liaisons, and some of our new and old sponsors. Visit our workshops page to view/download the presentations.
- Panel discussions on Vibroacoustic Instrumentation , and Energy Harvesting/Structural Health Monitoring.
- Our second student poster competition, held during our Monday evening social. Congrats to this year's winners - Jason Bostron and Russell Powers (tied for 1st place) and Michael Wozniak (3rd place).
- A one day short course on flow noise, given by Drs. Philip Morris and Timothy Brungart.
Mark your calendars for next year's workshop, to be held 29-30 April 2014, once again at the Nittany Lion Inn.
George Lesieutre, head of the Penn State Department of Aerospace Engineering, directs the CAV.
Steve Hambric, a Senior Scientist at the Applied Research Lab at Penn State, is the associate director of the CAV. Steve is also a Professor in the Penn State Graduate Program in Acoustics.