The research group operates a laboratory with equipment for the manufacturing of composite parts, preparation of test specimens, testing of materials under static and cyclic loads in controlled environments, and assessment of structural and physical properties. Major components are:
Filament Winding Facility:This state-of-the-art facility is computer controlled with 4-axis, 1-spindel operation and defined tow tensioning which expedites the fabrication of high-quality tubular composite structures.
Curing Ovens: A large scale (H1.2 m x W1.2 m x L4.3 m) curing over, and various smaller ovens are available for the processing of samples. Thisequipment is computer controlled and optimized for polymer processing.
Multiaxial Testing Facilities Two unique machines facilitate the monotonic and cyclic testing of composite specimens under combined axial tension/compression, torsion and internal/external pressure. Load capacities reach 10,000 psi internal pressure and 50,000 lbf axial force.
Large-scale/Prototype Testing Apparatus This unique machine accommodates the combined axial tension/compression and internal pressure testing of large-scale structures. This machine has a capacity of 10,000 psi internal pressure and 235,000 lbf axial force.
Uniaxial Testing Equipment Several devices are available within the Department of Mechanical Engineering for the study of basic material properties, fatigue life and endurance and crack behaviour under quasi-static and cyclic loads.
Thermal Conductivity Instrument The laboratory equipment includes a TPS 2500S Thermal Property System Advanced system for testing the thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity and specific heat of solids, liquids, pastes & powders.
Stereo Microscope with Digital Camera An Omax 2X-270X simal-focal zoom stereo microscope with 150W cold light sources and 9.0MP digital camera is available in the laboratory for the imaging and measurement of micrographic and fractographic samples.
(Figure below: Filament winding of a glass fiber/epoxy composite flywheel rotor rim.)