Concrete Mixing Laboratory

Brief Description and Mission

The Integrated Mechanical Testing Laboratory is a facility for:

Mechanical properties of materials.

  • Undergraduate mechanical testing lab
  • Tension, compression, bending, shear, Impact, fatigue, residual stresses, high temperature testing
  • Variety of materials such as metals, ceramics, plastics, composites
  • Stress analysis
  • Vibration testing
  • Failure analysis
  • Crack growth characterization. Fracture tests for toughness determination
  • Full scale structural testing
  • Materials testing per ASTM specifications
  • Computational mechanics and finite element modeling and verification.
  • Durability studies
  • LabView Programming and Instrumentation Interfaces

Several state of the art closed loop uniaxial test systems for testing of materials and structures are available for general testing purposes. These test machines are rated from 450 N to 500 kN (100 lbs – 110 kips) in axial force capacity and are computer controlled. Recently, a 12,000 in-lb torsion machine has been added to the IMTL and upgraded with closed loop control, computer automation, and digital data acquisition. Facilities include hardware and software systems in digital controller technology, instrumentation for displacement and strain measurement, multi-channel data acquisition, digital data processing software, and a strong floor for full-scale structural testing and earthquake simulation. Environmental chambers exist for testing specimens from -100ºF to 3,000ºF. Experiments such as fracture, creep, fatigue, and cyclic loading can be conducted on various materials and structures.

Characterization techniques using light microscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis are also available through the Center for Solid State Science.

Aditional Information

Additional information can be obtained from the web page of Center for Solid State Science

IMTL Coordinator Contact Information

Dallas Kingsbury

  • (602) 965-4361
  • Postal address: IMTL, CEE, PO Box 875306, Tempe, AZ 85287-5306
  • Fax: (602) 965-0557