MPRL has expertise to conduct various mechanical test experiments on structural materials in different environments and at temperatures from sub-zero to 1650°C. For use of core shared-user equipment, please contact MPRL Research Engineer for advice (if needed) and submit a Test Proposal. For specialized mechanical property testing (e.g., much lower or higher loading capacity, much higher strain rates) and material characterization facilities, please see our Partner Facilities.
Core Shared-User Equipment
- Student-friendly 750 lb (3.3 kN) Tabletop Testers
- configurations for tension, compression, and bending tests
A live video monitor is available for detailed audience observations.
Major Accessories and Expertise
- Gripping / Adapters
- for tension, compression, bending, fracture, etc.
- Displacement Measurement
- axial extensometers (room and high temperature)
- diametral extensometers
- axial-torsion extensometers
- digital image correction (DIC) for full field strain measurement using long-focal length optical microscopes
- Environmental Chamber, Ovens, and Furnaces; Induction Heaters
- temperatures from -129°C to 1650°C depending on unit
- temperature measurement via thermocouples or pyrometer
- In-situ X-ray Monitoring
- Long-focal Length Optical Microscopes for In-situ Observation
- Imaging and Microstructure Characterization
- sample prep facility (sectioning, mounting and polishing)
- fume hood for etching
- optical microscopes with image analysis software
- Riehle Portable Hardness Tester