Applied and Contract Research
The applied research group specializes in research that supports innovation.
The SAFL applied research group consists of engineers and researchers with diverse scientific and technological backgrounds. They are adept at developing research projects that feed into real-time problem solving for outside clients or sponsors.
Read about some of SAFL's applied research projects below:
The Minnesota Department of Transportation tasked researchers with evaluating the use of permeable pavements, to potentially reduce road salt use.
Could acoustic deterrents be used to prevent eagle and raptor collisions with wind turbines? Researchers from a wide range of backgrounds worked together to research eagle hearing ranges and behavioral responses to sounds.
The purpose of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of different pretreatment devices in Minnesota, using a common method to allow for comparisons across devices.
Researchers evaluated the use of mussel spat rope in culverts, in order to create areas of reduced flow for resting and ultimately to help fish and other organisms pass through safely.