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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Equipment and Capabilities

Load frames

55 kip system: Instron 8502 frame with MTS 55 kip fatigue rated grips.

11 kip system: MTS 810 system with fatigue rated grips.

Controller: MTS FlexTest 40 (controls both load frames simultaneously)

Software: MTS Multipurpose Elite TestSuite

Capabilities:

  • Assortment of fixtures and extensometers
  • Assortment of load cells from 55 kip to 2 lbf
  • Uniaxial tension and compression (quasistatic and fatigue)
  • Bending: 3 and 4-point bending fixtures
  • Load frame furnace: MTS Model 652.01 (rated@ 1800 oF)
  • High temperature load frame grips: MTS Model 680 (rated@ 1800 oF)
  • High temperature extensometer: MTS Model 632.53F-14 (rated@ 2200 oF)
  • 55 kip capacity “picture frame” shear fixture

Hardness tester

Tester: Tinius Olsen FH-1 universal hardness tester

Software/controller: Built-in touchscreen interface

Capabilities:

  • Contains an assortment of calibrated ranges (many others possible)
  • Rockwell, Superficial, Brinell, HVT, HBT
  • Force range 1-250kg
  • Video measurement system
  • Carbide ball and diamond indenters
  • Anvils for flat or round specimens

Digital image correlation (DIC)

Primary cameras: PixeLink 20MP, C-Mount

Pre-process software: ImageJ (open-source)

DIC Software: DICe (open-source)

Capabilities:

  • 2D and 3D DIC measurements
  • Assortment of lenses and other camera options
  • Remote triggering
  • Calibration targets

Optical microscope

Microscope: AmScope Brite-/Darkfield polarizing 50x-2500x metallurgical

Camera 1: 18MP Color

Camera 2: 13MP Color w/ autofocus

Software: AmScope and ImageJ

Capabilities

  • Various x,y,z stages
  • Oil immersion
  • Optical calibration and measurement
  • Grain size/boundary analysis

Laser vibrometer

Controller: Polytec OFV-5000

Sensor head: Polytec OFV-534

Capabilities:

  • Detachable lens for MEMS-scale measurements
  • In-line camera and light source
  • Can output velocity or displacement
 

Electrodynamic shaker

Shaker: Labworks ET-127

Slip table: Labworks DB-127

Amplifier: Labworks PA-123

Controller: Labworks VL-144x VibeLab Pro

Capabilities:

  • Sine force (peak): 500 lbf
  • Random force (rms): 350 lbf
  • Shock force (peak): 1,000 lbf
  • Frequency: 0-4.5kHz (0-3kHz w/ slip table)
  • Dual-channel closed-loop control
  • Modes: sine, random, shock, search & dwell
  • Accelerometer calibration

Vibration test equipment

ICP Signal conditioners

  • (2) 4-channel units
  • (1) 1-channel unit

PCB Impulse hammers

  • (1) @ 100 lbf
  • (1) @ 5000 lbf

PCB Accelerometers

  • Assortment @ 10 mV/g
  • Assortment @ 100 mV/g

Data acquisition systems

  • National Instruments hardware
  • LabVIEW software
  • Strain bridges
  • Multifunction I/O (digital and analog)
  • Up to 2 million samples/sec.

Computers

  • Assortment of laptops and dedicated-use desktops
  • Primary OS: Windows 10
Test

Furnaces

  • (2) Cole-Parmer StableTemp furnaces
  • Programmable
  • Volume: 9in x 9in x 14in
  • Max temperature: 2012 oF
  • Primarily used for heat treatment

Oven

  • Custom Quincy Lab industrial oven
  • Programmable
  • Volume: 10.6 cu. ft.
  • Max temperature: 500 oF
  • Primarily used for curing composites and drying specimens