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The Mechanics of Materials and Structures research group has a large number of facilities for research on impact, fatigue, NDT&E,... Again, a full description can be found in the research report. Here only a list of the available facilities is listed, split up in two categories: (i) experimental facilities, and (ii) numerical facilities:

  • Experimental facilities
    • Impact
      • bird strike set-up for real birds and gelatine replicas
      • split Hopkinson tensile bar set-up
      • pneumatic launcher
      • two drop weight towers (3 m and 12 m)
      • pendulum impact test rig for glass windows
      • lab-scale set-up for slamming wave impact
      • digital high speed camera (up to 250,000 fps)
      • three oscilloscopes (up to 100 MHz sampling rate)
    • Fatigue
      • two servohydraulic machines
      • accessoiries for tension-compression and pure shear testing
      • devices for 3- and 4-point bending
      • two extensometers
      • electrical resistance measurement
    • NDT/NDE
      • optical fibre sensors
      • ultrasound phased array (64 probes)
      • shadow and projection moire
      • ultrasound scanning facility for C-scans and polar scans
      • Schlieren set-up for acousto-optics research
    • General mechanics of composite materials
      • electromechanical testing machine
      • hand lay-up and vacuum assisted resin transfer moulding
      • infrared welding set-up
      • autoclave
      • filament winding machine
      • artificial turf testing set-up
      • fibre volume content of carbon and glass fibre composites

  • Numerical facilities
    • implicit and explicit finite element suite ABAQUS v6.10
    • explicit finite element code LS-Dyna
    • HyperMesh high-performance finite-element pre-processor
    • five workstations for intensive calculations
    • Parallel computing infrastructure for finite element calculations (2000+ cores, 3.2 Terabyte RAM)
    • numerical software (Mathcad, Matlab, Maple)
    • CAE software (SolidWorks)
    • data acquisition software (LabVIEW)