Welcome to the Rotorcraft, Adaptive and Morphing Structures Lab website! This is a research lab run by Dr. Farhan Gandhi, the Rosalind and John J. Redfern Jr. ’33 Professor of Engineering, in the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
We specialize in creating innovative structures for aerospace applications that are able to adapt to changing conditions in order to help make aircraft and other structures more efficient, quieter, and safer. Recent research has focused rotorcraft blade morphing strategies – chord extension, span extension, variable chamber and twist, MiTE deployment, and airfoil shape reversal – as well as work on bi-stable structures for energy dissipation and impact mitigation, shape memory alloy-actuated systems, and performance analysis of compound and co-axial helicopters.
Our lab features comprehensive rotorcraft analysis capabilities, solid modeling, finite element and design software, and access to rapid prototyping and machining facilities. In addition, we have a fully-instrumented rotor test stand for miniature-scale rotors and most importantly, we have a diverse group of passionate, world-class aerospace engineers.
Please explore the website and contact us if you would like any more information!