University of Wisconsin-Madison Physical Sciences Lab

Mechanical Engineering Group

The mechanical engineering and drafting group at PSL is experienced in design and construction of equipment for a wide variety of projects, ranging from simple to complex and multifunctional scientific instruments with precise mechanisms and demanding design requirements. Areas of expertise include:

  • high speed
  • high strength
  • extreme dimensional stability
  • non-lubricated moving parts
  • ultra-high vacuum
  • cryogenics
  • high and low temperature operation
  • high or low magnetic properties
  • precise magnetic fields
  • high radiation environments
  • radiation shielding or transparency
  • and similarly demanding features

PSL’s mechanical engineers are experienced in design and analysis using finite element analysis (FEA) techniques and adaptive design.

The drafting group at PSL has extensive experience in design and integration of complex systems. The drafting group uses the latest computer aided design (CAD) technology including solid modeling. PSL has both Autodesk Mechanical Desktop ® and Solidworks ® modelers. PSL takes particular care in documenting and archiving all project design details.

Lead Engineer
Bob Paulos — (608)877-2250

Example Projects:

Shot Hole Drill Shot Hole Drill

As part of the International Polar Year, researchers are studying the vulnerability of the Thwaites Glacier region of the West Antarctic ice sheet to sea level rise and a warming climate.

Soil Column Soil Columns

Microbial Source Tracking(MST) research uses several host-specific organisms to identify the source of contamination of drinking and recreational water. When studying groundwater it is important to keep in mind the soil around it.