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.
Our digital image correlation system (from LaVision) comprises of a stereo vision camera setup to allow for in-plane and out-of plane measurements. Our system offers a range of digital cameras and lenses to allow a large field of view.
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.
The following furnaces are available:
The Materials engineering group makes regular use of facilities of the Stellenbosch Technology Centre - Laboratory for Advanced Manufacturing (STC-LAM). These serves include, additive- and subtractive manufacturing. The STC importantly owns a laser powder bed fusion machine: Concept Laser M2. This machine is capable of additively fabricating materials from Ti6Al4V, Stainless 316 and Maraging Steel.
Light microscopes are geared for light microscopy with digital cameras attached for the acquisition of high quality images:
Preparation of specimens for microstructural analysis:
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.