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Advanced mechanical testing

This aspect of the project has two key stages. The first is to assess the mechanical performance characteristics of current midsole materials. Craig has developed a novel, bio-fidelic test method which replicates the loading conditions experienced during foot-strike. Shown below, midsole specimens are subjected to rapid-rate cyclic loading according to the 'heel-strike' component of a typical ground reaction force (GRF) profile.

Craig has tested a range of midsole materials (provided by New Balance), some undergoing in excess of 150,000 cycles which represents over 500 km of running. The results from this work have been used to provide benchmark mechanical performance figures for our Laser Sintered and High Speed Sintered designs.

Craig is currently testing and optimising these designs which forms the second stage of this research. An example of this testing is shown below where a Laser Sintered lattice structure is subject to a maximal force quasi-static compression.

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E2HS researchers win 'outstanding paper' award
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