Facilities


 

Jacquard Controlled Weaving Loom
Manufacturer : Bonas
Controller :Series 250
No. of hooks : 1152
No. of Bobbins : 600
Weave width : 500mm max

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The loom is used to weave designs in both 2-D and 3-D.It uses single rapier weft insertion and has a variable speed take up motion. The controller accepts design data from a 3.5” floppy disc.

Comments: This versatile set-up allows the machine to weave many complex designs in carbon fibre. The work completed so far has included the manufacture of net shaped performs such as T pieces and I sections for structural applications. The 3-D designs are first completed on XS cross-sectional design software and then formatted for use with the Bonas 250 loom controller.

 
   
Resin Transfer Moulding System
Manufacturer : Gewlab/ Widnes England 
Model Number : A41HS 
Serial Number : 96L009 
Electrical Heating : 3 Phase, 415 V, 9kW,3kW/Phase 
Max Temperature : 300o
Heat up time for Max Temp : <100 Mins>
Internal Oven Dims : 720mm x 1500mm x 1180mm Temperature Controller : Eurotherm 902 
Rotary Vacuum Pump : Edwards model speedivac Vacuum Controller : Edwards 553 Vacuum Controller Code No. : D395-53-000
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Comments:
The resin transfer moulding system located in the Engineering Composites Research Centre has been used to manufacture a range of composite components. These components include 3-D and 2-D reinforced composites

 

SMARTweave® Flow monitoring System
Manufacturer: Micromet Instruments, Inc. USA. 
Model Number : 
Serial No. : 
Year Of Manufacture : 2001

SMARTweave® is a resin flow analysis system developed by the US Army Research Laboratory. The SMARTweave® system consists of a sensor grid, an electronics package to rapidly interrogate the grid, and a software programme to control, record, and display the sensor data.The sensor grid is laid up in the RTM mould and used to map the flow of resin during mould filling by measurements of the electrical properties at each junction of the grid. Control screen on Monitor SMARTweave® Detection grid in RTM Mould 

 

Polymer and Composite testing equipment
Thermal Analysis

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

Manufacturer : TA Instruments

Model Number : DSC Q100

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The DSC is used to measure temperature and heat flow associated with material transitions providing quantitative and qualitative data on endothermic and exothermic processes.

Glass transitions, Melting points, Crystallisation, Rate of cure, Degree of cure, Purity, Thermal stability

Comments:
DSC provides important information that can be used to characterise materials, selection of best materials for specific applications, provides ability to predict product performance, optimisation of processing conditions and to improve quality. 

Simultaneous Thermogravimetric Analysis and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (TGA/DSC)

Manufacturer TA Instruments

Model Number : Q600

 
TGA used to characterise thermal decomposition behaviour.

Provides information on 

  • fibre volume fraction of composites
  • thermal stability
  • temperature of on-set of degradation
  • oxidative degradation
  • composition of polymer blends

Comments:
Instrument operates on null-balance principle. TGA can be interfaced with other analytical instruments (gas chromatography or mass spectrometer) for multiple measurements

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
Manufacturer : TA Instruments 

Model Number : Q800
 
DMA measures changes in the viscoelastic properties of materials resulting from changes in temperature, frequency, and time.

Predict end use product performance

  • Measuring glass transition and secondary transition temperatures
  • Understanding and optimising curing phenomena in thermosets
  •  Predicting physical ageing of amorphous materials
  • Correlating impact stability and damping

And much more

Comments
DMA one of the most sensitive single techniques available for characterising and interpreting the mechanical behaviour of materials. The concept of DMA is based on observing the viscoelastic response of materials subjected to a small oscillatory strain.
The DMA operates under four modes: resonant frequency, fixed frequency, stress relaxation, and creep. Each of these modes measures different aspects of the viscoelastic properties.

Dielectric Analysis (DEA)
Manufacturer: TA Instruments 

Model Number : DEA 2970 Dielectric Analyser
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Uses of DEA

Process optimisation

  • End-use performance prediction
  • Identification of key cure parameters
  • Glass transitions
  • Polymer morphology

Comments
Provides valuable information about molecular and rheological behaviour of materials. DEA can characterise molecular relaxations, monitor the flow and cure of resins, and calculate activation energies for molecular relaxations. It is an ultrasensitive technique making it possible to detect transitions which are not seen by other techniques.

Four sensor types available which are interchangeable and disposable. The systems exceptional versatility permits analysis of bulk or surface properties.

Material Testing Equipment
Impact Testing Equipment
Manufacturer: Instron 

Model Number : Dynatup® 9200 Series
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Comments
The Instron Dynatup impact testing machine is designed to measure energy absorption and related impact properties of polymers, metals, composites and resulting final components. It is ideally suited for use in aerospace, automotive, biomedical and specializing in finished product applications.
Zwick Materials Testing Machine

State of the art materials testing instrument with computer aided data acquisition and analysis.

Type : Z100/TL3A with 3D ESPI Strain Measuring System 

Load range : 0 to 100KN.
     
Instron 1000 Materials Testing Machine 

Traditional materials testing instrument currently used for testing of textile yarns, sewing threads and fabrics.

Load range : 0 to 5 KN.    
   

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