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.
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:
- 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
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.