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Mechanical & Materials Engineering


Laboratory Facilities: Polymer Composites Laboratory

R. Vernon McBroom Professor: Dr. Yuris Dzenis

Properties of advanced lightweight fiber reinforced polymer composites are studied in this laboratory. The laboratory includes a hot press for manufacturing thermoplastic composites, closed-loop programmable testing machines for quasistatic and fatigue testing, nondestructive evaluation equipment, and modern data acquisition hardware and software. A specialized press-clave to produce thermoset composites, thermal analysis equipment, and devices for mechanical characterization of interfaces between fibers and matrices are available.