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Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Composite Materials Labs


At the heart of the Composites Program in the Mechanical Engineering Department is the Composite Materials Research Group (CMRG). The CMRG facilities are state-of-the-art with facilities for the preparation, processing, and testing of a wide range of composite material compositions and configurations. The facilities include a resin spray and lay up area, a Neat Resin Curing Laboratory, a Non-destructive Inspection Laboratory, a Specimen Machining Laboratory, a Composites Fabrication Laboratory, a Mechanical Testing Laboratory and a Specialized Testing Laboratory. The Composites Fabrication Laboratory machinery includes a filament-winding machine, hand and automatic injection-molding machines, a pultrusion machine, several sizes of heated presses, an autoclave and various sizes of curing ovens. The Mechanical Testing Laboratory has a full complement of computer controlled MTS and Instron Universal Testing Machines. Laboratory classes are frequently held in the research area allowing students the opportunity to experience first hand composite material technology through the entire cycle of design, fabrication and testing.

Testing Capabilities

Universal Test Frames

MTS 810 0-5000 pounds
Instron 1321 0-20,000 pounds axial 0-10,000 inch-pounds torsional
Instron 1334 0-100,000 pounds
Tinius-Olsen 0-400,000 pounds
Tensile Creep Frames Dead weight up to 5000 lb.
Flexural Creep Frames Low loads, specimens are 0.5 inch X 6 inch

Environmental Conditioning

Environmental Chambers -300ºF to 600ºF
UV Chamber UV and condensation exposure
Furnace RT to 1700ºC
Thermal Cycling Chamber -40ºC to 300ºC

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