The following mechanical testing facilities are available:
Die compaction of powders is available using the 250 kN Amsler hydraulic press and a 12 ton (100 kN) Carver manual press. Tooling for 10 mm and 25 mm diameter slugs, as well as rectangular transverse rupture bars for three-point bend testing is available.
The following furnaces are available:
Light microscopes are geared for light microscopy with digital cameras attached for the acquisition of high quality images:
Scanning electron microscopy with electron dispersive spectroscopy is available through collaboration with the Central Analytical Facility (www.sun.ac.za/caf )
Preparation of specimens for microstructural analysis:
Digital Volume correlations can be performed with the use of volume data using industrial X-ray micro computed tomography facility though the Central Analytical Facilities (www.sun.ac.za/caf).
Powder particle size analysis is carried out by sieving analysis (Endecott calibrated sieve in a shaker) or by laser diffraction (Micromeritics Saturn DigiSizer, in collaboration with Process Engineering).
Apparent density and flow rate are measured using a Hall flow meter.