Mechanical Testing Facilities

The mechanical testing facilities in the School of Materials Engineering are highlighted by a computer-controlled MTS Sintech 30/D servohydraulic system for mechanical testing and evaluation of metals, ceramics and polymers in laboratories and research projects. Available accessories include hydraulic collet grips and a wide range of load cells and extensometers.

Also available are hardness testers, microhardness testers, impact toughness testers for both metals and polymers.



MTS Sintech 30/D
  • Screw Driven 20,000 lb load frame
  • Load Cells: 10,000 lbs and ...
  • Grips: 0.25'' to 0.50'' and ....
  • Capable of compression or tension
Dyniaxo Polymwe Test (API)
  • Impact tester designed for use with polymers
  • General Features: Siemens SIMATICOP7, PC based Pentium processor (PCI bus), Windows based ASPENsoft software, High speed A/D converter with a 12-bit resolution, Sampling rate: 500,000 samples/second, Band Width: 1 MHz, Automatic shut-off of sampling
  • Impact Values Displayed: Peak Time • Peak Force • Maximum Deflection • Energy at Peak • Total Energy • Impact Strength
  • Impact Data Displays:  Energy vs. Time • Velocity vs. Time • Deflection vs. Time • Force vs. Time • Energy vs. Deflection • Force vs. Deflection
  • Qualitest
Impact Tester
  • Charpy testing procedure and specimen specifications are defined in the ASTM standard E23 entitled Standard Test Methods for Notched Bar Impact Testing of Metallic Materials.
  • Standard Charpy sample: 2.16 x 0.38 x 0.39 in (55 x 10 x 10 mm) bar that has been notched 0.079” (2 mm) into the material. The notch should have an angle of is 45° relative to the sample surface. 
Leco RT-370 Hardness Tester
  • Rockwell B, C, S scales
  • 15-150 kgm
  • Other instruments shown: Clark and Wilson manual hardness testers
FTS Mulit-Cool
  • Cooling bath