The ISD materials science lab is equipped with a multitude of industrial grade tensile and dynamical testing machines. These are used for educational purposes as well as crafting and testing custom components for experiments.
The image below shows a device used for dynamically testing component durability or wear during a simulated typical life cycle.
Additionally, machines for tensile testing are available. One such machine is shown in the picture below. PCs are directly connected, so plots and data can be handled easily.
In addition, a machine is available for measuring surface deformations using digital image correlation technology. Digital image correlation (DIC) is an optical technique that combines image registration and tracking methods for accurate 2D measurements of changes in images.
A project is currently underway on the behaviour of auxetic structures, using the DIC system to record the deformations of various structures subjected to tensile force.