Materials Testing and Modeling Lab - This is a fatigue testing facility that was established in 2001, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as a result of a DOE ERLE (Energy Related Lab Equipment) grant. The lab was established to serve educational and academic research needs as well as collaborative research and service in the area of materials testing, characterization and development of materials constitutive models.
The lab currently contains several fatigue test cells of different capacities. The following are tests that can be run in the lab:
1. Low Cycle Fatigue (LCF) with either Load or Strain control. Uniaxial or Biaxial (axial plus torsion loading)
2. High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) with either Load or Strain control. Uniaxial or Biaxial (axial plus torsion loading)
3. Thermo-Mechanical Fatigue (TMF) at temperatures up to 1100 deg-C.
4. Crankshaft Testing
For more details on existing capabilities, please contact the Lab Director, Dr. Abou-Hanna (X2725)
Class Use – Lab Activities:
Class lab activities need to be scheduled at least 8 weeks in advance in order to ensure proper preparation of equipment for the specific lab exercises. It is assumed that for such lab activities the faculty member and/or the teaching assistants will be the users of the equipment. Consequently, they need to go through training. If you have such needs, the first step would be to complete the User Application form, and follow the General Procedure outlined below.
Operating Guidelines for Users
For Safety guidelines, refer to Safety Rules for MTAM Lab.
Report any maintenance issues such as malfunctioning
equipment and hydraulic fluid or water leaks to Dr. Abou-Hanna at
677-2725. In case of an emergency, or if
you cannot reach Dr. Abou-Hanna, contact Mr.
Alterations and Upgrades:
Alterations and modifications to equipment require prior approval from the Lab Director.
Lab Charges and Rates:
Lab use for projects that involve external agencies will require a financial arrangement. The rates depend on many factors, mainly test period & test type. The Lab Director will provide the user an estimate of cost based on University sanctioned rates.
Academic use for projects that are not funded and are not for external clients carries no charge.
Use of the facilities needs to be arranged by completing a User Application form. The user is expected to use only the equipment agreed upon in the User Application form. If additional equipment is required, then the user needs to contact the Lab Director and request an amendment to the initial agreement.
Hours of Use: The work in the lab must be during normal hours 8:-5: to ensure the personnel are available in case of an emergency or equipment malfunction. Special arrangements can be made if working after-hours is required, and the project faculty advisor will need to assume responsibility and be familiar with the test and the equipment and supervise the work. Fatigue tests may go on for days at a time, and they may require frequent monitoring by users. In such case, users should be able to enter the lab after hours ONLY to monitor and record data.
Report problems to the Lab Director. In case of emergency, contact Mr.
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