Material Science Lab

Topics covered include crystal structure modeling, tensile and torsional testing, fatigue analysis, creep of materials, material phase diagrams, heat treatment of steel with subsequent analysis using the Rockwell and Brinell hardness testers, a toughness impact tester and microstructure analysis equipment, composite (concrete) testing, and polymer identification. In 1997 the Instron Tensile Test machines (shown at left), control system was upgraded and new operating software was purchased. All of the testing machines are periodically re-calibrated by an outside laboratory.