Lab Equipment

Shimadzu HPVX-2 ultra-high-speed camera

This camera is able to operate up to 10 million frames per second at 400x250-pixel resolution. We have multiple lens arrangements that allow us to achieve resolutions of 8 microns per pixel for 200 ns exposure times. This equipment is unique in Canada, and was funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Low-speed Promon U750

This camera is able to operate up to 200 frames per second at 1 megapixel resolution, with scaled resolutions up to 1,000 frames per second.

Digital Image Correlation Software from VIC 2D

This software enables us to provide high-resolution strain measurements of material deformation during experiments. This is important because it can provide insights into damage accumulation during loading and failure. We use this software in conjunction with the cameras in the group.

FLIR x8503sc high-definition thermal camera

A high-definition high-speed infrared camera that is used to study the thermo-mechanical responses of materials, heat transfer problems in materials and fluids, and manufacturing processes. Temperature range measurements are between -20 to 350 deg C for 1280x1024 resolutions at 180 frames per second. The resolution scales to 320x256 pixels at 1240 frames per second. We have multiple lens arrangements that allow us to achieve 3 microns per pixel. This equipment is unique in Canada, and was funded by the NSERC Research Tools and Instruments program.

Automated Particle Size Analysis using Malvern Morphologi G3

This equipment enables automated characterization of the size and shapes of particles and fragments. Sizes range from 0.5 microns to 5 mm in a single scan (up to 300,000 particles). We are using this equipment to study fragmentation outcomes during experiments, and wear products and mineral content from industry samples. This equipment is unique in Canada, and was funded by the NSERC Research Tools and Instruments program.

Quasi-Static Testing using an MTS Machine

This machine allows us to study the stress-strain response of materials in compression and tension for strain rates of 10-5 to 10-2 s-1. We have capabilities to test samples at temperatures of -50 to 800 deg C. We can also test granular forms of materials up to hydrostatic pressures of 1.5 GPa.

Dynamic Testing using a Kolsky Bar Apparatus

This equipment allows us to study the stress-strain response of materials in compression and tension for strain rates of 102 to 103 s-1. We have capabilities to test samples at temperatures down to -50 deg C.

Saw and Polisher

We have an Allied High Tech TechCut 4™ Precision Low Speed Saw and MultiPrep™ Precision Polishing System that are used for sample preparation and dissection.

SVS-Vistek hr25000CCX HR CoaXPress

This camera has 25 Megapixel resolution and is able to capture at 80 frames per second. This is suitable for visualizing localized deformation during quasi-static mechanical testing, and is currently being used in digital image correlation measurements.

Automated macro-hardness indenter- Vickers and Knoop

Capable of automated indentation testing for load ranges 10gf to 2000gf and objectives of 5x, 10x and 50x. Ceramics, metals, and polymers may be tested.