Mechanical analysis suite

Our mechanical analysis facilities allow the determination of a variety of basic material properties. Wherever possible we try to provide at least two alternative ways of analysis, to ensure cross checking capabilities and material compatibility. These systems are cleared for work with radionuclide based materials

Helium Pycnometer

Helium pycnometer

The Micromeritics Accupyc II 1340 Helium Pycnometer is a highly accurate system to determine volume of samples through gas displacement measurements. This allows for the analysis of irregular shaped specimens, determination of material porosity and indirect measurement of sample density. It can be used for monolithic parts, powders as well as liquids.

Resonant Frequency and Dampening Analyser

Resonant frequency and dampening analyser

The RFDA system, manufactured by IMCE, is a highly accurate system for the determination of elastic properties of materials, through the analysis of resonant frequencies after impulse excitation.

The system can be used to determine the Dynamic Young’s Modulus, the Shear Modulus, the Poisson Ratio as well as the Internal Friction/Dampening Coefficient of a specimen.

Instrument contacts: Dr Marc Schmidt.

Surface Area Analyser

Surface area analyser

The TriStar 3020 Surface Area Analyser is used to determine the surface area of sample materials via gas adsorption at different pressures (BET Analysis). This can provide information on chemical or combustion dynamics, leaching processes and micro-pore identification. It is capable of analysing monolithic, powdered or liquid samples.

Instrument contacts: Dr Abbie Jones, Mr Joel Turner.

Ultrasonic Elasticity Measurement System

Ultrasonic elasticity measurement system

This system, is built around a Olympus/Panametrics 9300 Series Pulser/Receiver system and a NI High Speed Data Capture Card and is used to measure Dynamic Young’s Modulus, Shear Modulus and Poisson Ratio via the determination of the speed of ultrasonic pulses in materials. The system is capable of operating at 1 and 5 MHz.

Instrument contacts: Dr Marc Schmidt.

High Accuracy Balances

High accuracy balances

Due to sample sizes employed, a number of highly accurate balances are utilised, allowing weight determination down to 0.0001mg.


Instrument Contacts: Dr Abbie JonesDr Marc Schmidt and Mr Joel Turner.

Laser Marking System

Laser marking system

For a number of reasons it is often required to produce reliable and durable identification markings on samples and materials that are subsequently processed, eroded or otherwise stressed, or it is necessary to provide well identifiable orientation or directional markings for x-ray analysis or similar techniques. The best possible, low impact techniques developed for this purpose is laser marking/engraving. For this purpose we employ a 10W Laservall Violino 1064 nm laser marking system.

Instrument contacts: Dr Marc Schmidt.

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