ACRU Facilities

Composites Laboratory

Composite parts and specimens are manufactured in the ACRU Composites Laboratory for undergraduate final year and postgraduate research and design projects in the fields of composite materials and structures, using the hot press (thermoplastic matrix composites), vacuum bagging (hot and cold curing), and autoclave (thermoset matrix composites).

 

Hot Press

hot press

 

American Autoclave

American Autoclave

 

Vacuum Bagging

Vacuum bagging

 

CFRP rib stiffened panel co-cured in the autoclave

testing facilities

Testing Facilities

Mechanical testing of composite structural components and material specimens is performed using universal (Instron, Shimadzu, JJ Lloyd), fatigue, and impact testing machines.

 

Shimadzu testing machine

Shimadzu testing machine

Bending test

Bending Test

Failed Composite Specimen

Failed Composite Specimen

CFRP sandwich panel – progressive failure

CFRP sandwich panel – progressive failure

Composite panel bending test

Composite panel bending test

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