Charpy Impact Tester, a large pendulum with a weight which fractures a specimen and measures the amount of energy absorbed by fracturing the specimen. This instrument is used to determine crash- and impact-resistance by characterizing the fracture toughness of material.
Split Hopkinson Bar Testing Facility, which measures the high-strain rate behaviour of materials by firing a projectile against an incident bar, and triggering a stress wave that propagates through a specimen. Used to characterize the behaviour of materials for input into crash simulations and high strain rate sheet metal forming simulations.
High-energy drop tower (approximately 80 kJ capacity) able to drop a 900-kilogram mass from a height of approximately nine metres, used to measure the impact resistance of a structure.
Low-energy drop tower (approximately 8 kJ capacity).
Optical strain measurement systems, which use high-resolution cameras and digital image correlation to measure how much a specimen has been deformed. This measurement system can be used to assess how much a material can be safely deformed without tearing, wrinkling or breaking. Both high-speed and low-speed optical strain measurement systems are available.
Dual Photron SA4 high-speed cameras.
Tension/compression universal testing machines with a load capacity from 50kN-600kN.
Long-stroke (1.2 meters) tension/compression testing machine with a load capacity of 300kN.
Pneumatic accelerator capable of firing projectiles with velocities up to 50 meters/second