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Materials Testing Lab


The Materials Testing Lab is managed by the Design, Fabrication and Testing research area. It was built in 2012 and is housed within the 440,000-square-foot Aldred Centre. The Lab’s equipment can analyze the components of any material, enabling researchers to conduct non-destructive and destructive tests to determine a material’s structural integrity.

Putting Products, Materials and Prototypes to the Test

Testing capabilities include environmental stress testing for variables like temperature and humidity, tensile strength and compression, as well as repeated-motion and other lifecycle testing. Testing methods are often combined for the most comprehensive analysis.

Facility highlights

The Materials Testing Lab is housed in the Aldred Centre along with the majority of Applied Research and Innovation Services' research and technology development facilities.

The lab includes

  • Class I and IV Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) for materials characterization (LIBSCAN50)
  • Dynamic and static axial testing with support for environmental chambers
  • Small-scale injection molding (NISSEI HM7-C, 7-ton capacity)
  • Rockwell hardness tester (Wilson Rockwell 574R)

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