To work with the Materials and Structures and the Composites Research Labs contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1707 284288.
The Materials and Structures lab facilities offers the capability to perform tensile/compression testing including a chamber for tests up to 250°C, hardness, Charpy impact, drop-weight impact, fatigue, salt-spray corrosion, cavitation erosion, etc.
The Composites Lab has facilities for preparing composite panels using prepregs and wet-lay up as well as vacuum bagging and cutting facilities. An autoclave is situated in the High-temperature furnaces lab along with a selection of tube and muffle furnaces with capability up to 1850°C. In addition, a metallographic preparation lab boasts new equipment for preparation of samples for microscopy.
The awarded grant total, combined in Materials and Structures and Composites laboratories is £2.083M. The main areas of income have been on anti-microbial nanoparticles (EPSRC), metal-ceramic and metal-plastics joining (IUK and industry) and natural fibre composites (industry).
Materials and Structures workshops
They cover an area of about 300m2 and boast of a new water-jet cutting machine, CNC machining, new joining equipment including self-piercing riveting and welding, laser cutting and 3D printing machines.
In MAST there is also available a facility on virtual manufacturing.