“Welcome to the COSMOS Lab. The Complex Structure and Mechanics of Solids Laboratory (COSMOS Lab) is a research lab under supervision of Dr. Ranajay Ghosh in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Central Florida.”
The primary focus of our lab is to understand the challenges that arise at the intersection of structures, materials and computing. This encompasses and often links both synthetic and living structures and length scales ranging from micro to large scale space and civilian structures. The specific tools of interest include both observations and specifically designed materials testing. These are complimented by computing methods such as finite element (FE) techniques. The main topics of our research cover aerospace and power generation systems such as thermal barrier coatings (TBC) and composite materials, soft matter based systems such as biologically inspired materials such as fish scale like coatings and topologically complex solids such as cellular structures. We also develop computational models for non destructive evaluation. Our research is currently externally funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the United States Department of Energy (DoE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Siemens Energy.