Engineering Materials Laboratory

A team of qualified test engineers and material testers perform wide-range of mechanical tests. We can offer mechanical testing, X-ray diffraction, heat treatment, materials characterisation and phase diagram simulation.

Researcher Ru Peng examines a sample 

Mechanical testing Laboratory

Mechanical testing: 5 servohydraulic and 5 electromechanical test rigs. Most of them with furnaces for testing up to 1000°C. Examples of common test methods in our lab:
  • Tensile testing
  • Slow strain rate testing
  • Low-cycle fatigue testing (LCF)
  • High-cycle fatigue testing (HCF)
  • Crack propagation testing
  • Variable amplitude testing
  • Thermo-mechanical fatigue testing (TMF)
  • Creep testing
  • Dwell-fatigue testing
  • Creep crack growth testing
  • LCF  & TMF tests with superimposed HCF 

Materials Characterization

The main function of this laboratory is to perform research and provide expertise, advice and training on microstructural analysis.
  • High resolution scanning electron microscope (HITACHI SU-70 FEGSEM) equipped with:
  • EBSD, EDS, WDS
  • Back scatter detector for ECCI imaging
  • In-situ tensile test stage
  • Transmission electron detector for STEM operation
  • Optical microscopes
  • Hardness testing
  • Digital image correlation (DIC)

Heat treatment laboratory

The main objective of the heat treatment facility is to investigate the effect of heat treatment on the mechanical properties of metals.
  • More than 10 furnaces for heat treatment and thermal exposure up to 1000-1300°C.
  • Two thermal cycling rigs. One for thermal cycling of e.g. TBC samples up to 1300°C the other one for thermal cycling up to 900°C in corrosive environments. 
 

Phase diagram simulations

Software for modelling multicomponent alloys:
  • ThermoCalc - The software is used to perform thermodynamic and phase diagram calculations for multi-component systems.
  • Dictra - Software for detailed simulations of diffusion controlled phase-transformations for multi-component alloys.