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).
CFRP rib stiffened panel co-cured in the autoclave
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
Failed Composite Specimen
CFRP sandwich panel – progressive failure
Composite panel bending test