Henry Scarton

Associate Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering

Henry Scarton is a Mechanical Engineer with a B.S. (1965) from Bucknell University and M.S. (1966) and a Ph.D. (1970) from Carnegie-Mellon University. After one and one-half years as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow jointly at the Departments of Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics and the Engineering Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, England, he joined the faculty at Rensselaer in 1971; is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics, co-founder of the ASME Noise Control & Acoustics Division and is past Secretary of the National Nominating Committee. Dr. Scarton is an inventor with more than twelve patents mostly in the areas of noise control and vibration. He has recently received a patent for synthetic ivory for piano keycovers (called RPIvory TM)and a dynamic hardness tester. He has developed a new hardness scale called the Scarton Dynamic Hardness (SDH). His development of analysis methods for acoustic fluid-structural interaction has resulted in new discoveries of modal coincidence in viscous wave propagation within fluid-filled lines. Current interests include a six-degree-of-freedom sensor (patent pending) and sensors used in torsional vibration and acoustic emission, experimental verification of modal coincidence in fluid lines, development of sensors for determining the integrety of dental implants, piano hammer tonal regulation, an ultrasonic inspection system for large cylindrical aluminum ingot, determination of the dynamic hardness of sports equipment, and dynamic simulation of a base ball on a wooden bat and a soft ball on an aluminum bat. He has more than seventy papers.


Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University

Research Focus
  • Fluid and Solid Mechanics
  • Acoustics and Vibration
  • Ultrasonic Communication