We have extensive facilities for characterisation and manufacture of advanced materials and structures, along with non-destructive evaluation.

Materials characterisation and processing

  • optical and electron microscopy
  • Leica M205C
  • Leica DMIL
  • impedance spectroscopy (with temperature)
  • ferroelectric, piezoelectric and pyroelectric characterisation
  • high-temperature furnaces
  • ceramics processing and freeze casting
  • comprehensive range of tube and chamber furnaces, 1100-1700° C
  • shaker systems for energy harvesting characterisation
  • Triton 2000 DMA
  • Solatron S1 1260 impedance analyser
  • Solatron 1296 dielectric interface
  • Netzsch DIL 402C dilatometer
  • non-contact surface profilimeter Proscan 2000

Structures characterisation and manufacture

  • Instron 1195 - 100kN testing machine
  • Instron 5585H - 250kN testing machine
  • Instron 3369 - 50kN testing machine
  • Instron 3111 environmental cabinet
  • digital image correlation/ doppler laser vibrometry
  • Limess VIC3D high-speed digital image correlation system
  • 3 x 1.5m Airbus autoclave for composites (100psi; 250°C)
  • additive manufacture for polymers and metallics
  • structural modelling software: ABAQUS / VICONOPT / ANSYS

Non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring

  • X-ray computed tomography system (CT-Scan)
  • ultrasonic phased array system with National Instrument software/hardware
  • high-performance cooled InSb detector (Flir Systems)
  • uncooled IR detector based on microbolometer technology
  • polytec 2D laser vibrometer
  • non-linear ultrasonics
  • ultrasonic C scanning
  • thermography
  • thermal wave imaging thermoscope
  • ultrasonic sciences C-scan system (2.5 x 1.2m scan area)