CAPE Laboratory

The Composites and Polymer Engineering (CAPE) Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research and education center at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT), specializing in polymers and polymer matrix composites.  The lab is well equipped to conduct research in:

  • Polymer synthesis, processing and characterization
  • Composite material processing, characterization and prototyping

The CAPE Lab provides expertise and equipment dedicated to:

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Research and Development

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Material Characterization

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System Testing

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Educational Activities

Partnership with the CAPE Lab can be on a one-to-one basis or as part of a consortium of organizations. Based on the goals, timeline and other input of sponsors, the CAPE Lab provides a program plan with clearly defined milestones and deliverables. In response to its clients’ evolving needs, the lab is also open to redirecting the research focus of a project in light of new or unforeseen information.  Contact the CAPE Lab for more information.

In the execution of research projects, the CAPE Laboratory is able to draw on the expertise and experience of its own fulltime research scientists and engineers, the specialist knowledge of collaborating faculty members from various departments at the university and input from CAPE’s group of graduate students.

CAPE Director
David Salem
Professor, MET and CBE
Office: (605) 394-5271
CAPE lab: (605) 394-5279
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Highlights and Announcements

New Research Center:  CNAM!

The new Composite and Nanocomposite Advanced Manufacturing Center (CNAM) is launched!
Situated within the CAPE laboratory, and directed by Dr. David Salem, it will focus on meeting the urgent commercial need for strong, lightweight, multi-functional composite and nanocomposite structures at high volume and low cost.
Visit the CNAM webpage  |  Download our flyer 

Radio Interview

SD Public Radio interview tih Dr. Salem "Tiny Particles Inspire Big Ideas at SDSM&T Lab."
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