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Overview

Image of Boise State’s Micron Engineering Center
The NTM laboratory is located in Boise State’s Micron Engineering Center (MEC 314) and includes a wet lab (800 ft2) and a computing lab (150 ft2).  The MEC is home to several laboratories conducting research in mechanical, biomedical, materials science, and nanotechnology. The NTM lab is equipped for research projects in experimental and computational tissue mechanics, and has been designed to promote an efficient, productive and enjoyable work environment.

Wet Lab

Image of the wet lab in the LTM laboratoryThe wet lab is equipped for mechanical testing, culture, molecular biology and data analysis.  To facilitate mechanical testing, the laboratory houses an Instron E10000 Electropulse biaxial test system.  This mechanical test system uses a linear motor to deliver nearly frictionless axial and torsional loads at high frequencies. Multiple load sensors permit sensitive tests that range from small tissue samples to large musculoskeletal structures.  Biological test equipment includes a laminar flow fume hood, chemical storage cabinets, and deionized water lines.  A workbench is equipped with tools, hardware, materials and electronics to develop and build test fixtures, device prototypes and mechatronic systems.  The lab has desk space for six people and two iMac computers.

Image comprised of four images. From left to right: image of the wet lab, image of woman on computer, image of the lab layout, and image of professor helping student

Computing Lab

Image of woman sitting at a desk using a computerThe computing lab is located a few doors down from the wet lab and houses computational resources to perform numerical modeling, molecular dynamics simulations, and computer-aided design. The computers include a quad-core iMac and a quad-core Asus, with Windows and Linux dual-boot. Large numerical problems are run on a high performance computing cluster housing 16 nodes each with 16 cores. This cluster is capable of GPU parallel computing (BSU is one of twenty CUDA Research Centers in the world). A second high performance computing cluster will be available in Spring, 2013. Finite element software includes LS-DYNA, LS-DYNA PrePost, and FEBio;  fluid dynamics software includes OpenFOAM; Molecular dynamics software includes vmd, Amber-11, Charmm, Gromacs, and Namd; and computer-aided design is done on Solidworks.

Lab Resources

  • Instron E10000 Electropulse Biaxial Test System (limits: 10 KN, 100 Nm, 100 Hz; Resolution: 0.1 um; wavematrix software).
  • Load Sensors
    • 10kN Biaxial (Limits: 10kN, 100 N-m; Resolution: .01 N/m)
    • 1kN Biaxial (Limits:  1 kN, 10 N-m; Resolution: .001 N/m)
    • 10 N Axial (Limits 4.9 N, 9.8 N; Resolution: .001 N)
  • Omega signal conditioner
  • Biology station (deionized water supply, eye wash station, emergency shower, fume hood with gas capability)
  • Supreme Air LV fume hood
  • Digital Caliper (resolution: 0.0005″/0.01mm, accuracy +/-0.001″)
  • Tools (Makita drill set, general tool kit)
  • Hardware supplies
  • Electronic supplies
  • Power supply (voltage 200-250 V)
  • Oscilloscope [1]
  • x-y table [1]
  • Electromagnetic actuator [1]
  • 3D printer
  • 3D scanner
  • High-speed camera
  • Environmental test chamber
  • Soft tissue prep equipment
  • Quantized polarized light imaging (QPLI)

[1] Acquisition planned for Spring 2013

Shared resources

  • Machine shop (mills, drill press, band saw, sander belt, lathe, grinder, mig tig stick welding, shear & brade sheet metal, c&c wood router)
  • Meeting and seminar rooms
  • Atomic Force Microscope (Novascan ESPM 3D, ENGR 224)
  • Micro CT (BRC Skyscan 1172, 8000 x 8000 pixels, Biomolecular Research Center, ENGR 106)
  • RT-PCR (ABI 7300. I-Core Smart Cycler 2, Standard thermocycles, Li-Cor Global IR2, 4200 gel-based automated DNA sequences, Biomolecular Research Center)
  • Microplate reader (Varian Cary 50 MPR, Millipore Cytofluor 2350, Biotek Synergy HT, Biomolecular Research Center)
  • Fluorescence microscope (Olympus BS60, Biomolecular Research Center)
  • Comparative medicine facilities
  • R1 (Software: Amber-11, Charmm c35b1, Gromacs, Namd, OpenFOAM, OpenMM, ParaView, R, Scilab, VisIT, vmd, vorpal, vtk, wrf; Nodes: Head Node, Compute Nodes 1-5, Compute Nodes 6-12, InfiniBand ib.cluster network)
  • Cobra ( Research gate)
  • High Performance Computing (16 core, 16 nodes, GPU parallel computing) 
  • Electromyography system (EMG)/li>
  • 2 AMTI multi-axis in-ground force plates
  • 2 Kistler in-ground force plates
  • 1200 sq. ft. motion capture area housing an 8 camera Vicon motion capture system with accompanying software (Seven MX-20+ cameras and one T40S camera, Center of Biomedical Research)