Observation and alteration of material performance, including the fabrication of novel materials and measurement of their properties, occurs in the Materials Testing Laboratory.
The concepts and theory given in engineering classes supporting undergraduate and graduate engineering programs are demonstrated and put into practice for reinforcement in this space, which is also the home of the laboratory class in aerospace structures and instrumentation.
Some of the tests routinely performed in the lab include tensile, compression, hardness, heat treatment, microstructure evaluation, torsion, impact, strain, and NDE. Additionally, the space is used for fabricating and testing of cellular solids and composites by students, faculty, and partners.
The lab is equipped for its role as both a reinforcement tool for hands-on education and as a resource for cutting-edge research in the area of material science, in addition to housing the standard university laboratory fittings of a chemical utility cabinet, miscellaneous small scientific equipment and supplies, computer workstations, work benches, chairs, and desks.
Tools available in the laboratory include: