The Structures Laboratory is equipped with:

  • Facilities for full-scale tests to evaluate the static and dynamic performance of structural systems.
  • Testing spaces that allow for a large number of configurations for testing small to large structural and mechanical elements and materials.
  • 10m x 6m strong floor with anchor points at 500mm to 1000mm centres each having a capacity of 500kN.
  • Large reaction wall.
  • Servo-hydraulic testing machines with capacities ranging from 10 kN to 500 kN.
  • Servo-hydraulic testing machine with environmental control chamber.
  • 3.5m-high instrumented drop-weight impact tower.
  • Static and fatigue testing of composite and metal specimens, including uniaxial and biaxial machines.
  • Conditioning tanks with water temperatures up to 65° C and an environmental chamber for use during tensile testing.
  • Data acquisition systems and sensors for measurement of load, deformation, strain, acceleration, moisture content, temperature and relative humidity.
  • Mechanical timber grading machine.
  • Portable vibration system up to 2000Hz
  • 50mK sensitivity Infrared Camera
  • A stereo camera Digital Image Correlation device to monitor surface strain and displacement field (up to 1m2)
  • A 3D laser scanner to obtain accurate surface profiles and build 3D models.
  • Large Structures Test Cell
  • Physical testing of composite blade for 10m diameter tidal turbine
  • Zwick/Roell 500 kN Servo Hydraulic testing machine
  • DMG Denison Mayer group 500 kN Hydraulic testing machine
  • Zwick/Roell 250 kN Servo Hydraulic testing machine
  • Fatigue Test Rig for Domestic Size Wind Turbine Blades
  • Cook Bolinders timber grader
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