Mechanical Test Laboratory
This laboratory is designed to handle up to 24 students. There are a number of bench-top furnaces for heating material for grain growth, heat-treating and phase transformation studies. To characterize the properties of the materials used in these studies there are two mechanical mid-size mechanical testers, Instron Model 3369 Table-Mounted Materials Testing Systems, one with a wet chamber and one with a temperature chamber. The instruments are used to perform stress, strain and creep experiments. In addition, these machines have the capabilities to perform 3- and 4-point bend studies. The different load cells allow us to measure everything from steel beams down to spider silks.