The Materials Laboratory contains a range of specialist equipment for examining and understanding the properties of engineering materials, from simple beam structures to advanced coated turbine blades. Two adjacent laboratories provide advanced microscopy equipment for examining materials at an extremely fine scale, and other characterisation and mechanical testing equipment to determine the properties of advanced materials used in a variety of sectors including the aerospace, automotive and power generation industries.
The Materials laboratory contains several benchtop experiments and equipment for the teaching and learning of the principles underlying the behaviour of all types of materials including ceramics, metals, polymers and composites. Equipment will include mechanical property testing for properties such as impact resistance, creep and fatigue behaviour and hardness. There are also various instruments for determination of other aspects of materials performance, including optical, electrical and thermal properties.
The Materials Laboratory is set within a 156/m2 space, with a max capacity of 50 people.