Challenger-Columbia Structures And Materials Research Facility

This 5,500 ft2 facility houses state of the art materials synthesis, processing, and testing equipment for developing advanced materials research for next generation energy and aerospace systems. Among others the facility houses pulsed laser and electron beam deposition systems and nanoindentation and fatigue and impact testing systems. A more detailed list of equipment can be found on through CSETR.

Major Equipment

Instron 8801 Servohydraulic Fatigue Testing System

The 8801 provides complete testing solutions to satisfy the needs of advanced materials and component testing, and is ideally suited for high- and low-cycle fatigue testing, thermo-mechanical fatigue testing, and fracture mechanics. The higher capacity of up to 100 kN, a larger working space, a high stiffness, and the precision of alignment all make the 8801 an exceptionally versatile and reliable testing system. Product Page

  • ±100kN Load Cell
  • 100 kN Hydraulic Wedge Grips
  • Assorted Flexure Fixtures
  • Assorted Extensometers
  • Instron 5969 Tabletop Universal Testing Systems

    5969 Dual Column Tabletop Testing Systems are universal, static testing systems that perform tensile and compression testing; and also perform shear, flexure, peel, tear, creep, cyclic, and bend tests. Engineered for precision, built for durability, and offer the flexibility for changing requirements. Dual column systems are multi-purpose instruments that are commonly used for plastics, metals, rubber materials, automotive components, composites, and non-ambient temperature applications. Product Page

    • ±50kN (5000 kg, 11250 lb) Static Load Cell
    • Testing Speed Range: 0.001 to 600 mm/min
    • Crosshead Return Speed: 600 mm/min
    • ATS Series 3210 Split Tube Furnace, Ambient up to 1200°C with 3 Zone Watlow PM digital controller
    • Instron 3119-600 Environmental Chamber with LN2 Cooling -150°C up to 600°C
    • Synchronized with Vic-3D Digital Image Correlation System
    • Epsilon 7650A High Temperature, Low Strain, Extended Performance Extensometer (1-inch Gauge Length, +0.100/-0.020 inches Measuring Range) Ambient to 1200°C Temperature Range
    • 2050 Water Bath (Used for Low Strain Extensometer)
    • Epsilon 3549 High Temperature, Water Cooled Furnace Extensometer (1-inch Gauge Length with +100%/-5% Measuring Range), Ambient to 1200°C Temperature Range
    • Epsilon 3448 High Temperature Extensometer (1-inch Gauge Length with +20%/-10% Measuring Range), Ambient to 1200°C Temperature Range
    • Instron 2630-108 Extensometer (1-inch Gauge Length +10/-10% Measuring Range)
    • 1/2"-20 Threaded Self-Aligning Tension Grips
    • Compression Platen, 150 mm (6 in.) Diameter. Capacity 100kN and Temperatures of -150°C to 300°C
    • 50 kN Wedge Grips for Tensile Testing Flat Specimens, Temperatures from -70°C to 250°C, Flat Specimen Thickness Range: 0 to 6.4 mm, 16 Teeth Per Inch
    • 1/2"-20 Threaded Self-Aligning Tension Grips Temperatures from -70°C to 350°C
    • Four Point Bend Adapters, Span: 10-97 mm with Conversion Kit, 3 Point to 4 Point, Upper Spam: 25 to 90 mm

    ADMET eXpert 5600 Series UTM

    Highly configurable 5603 Universal Test System with MTESTQuattro Controller. A dual column frame for extended horizontal test space capable of performing tension, compression, and bending tests. While the 5000 series testers are highly configurable, they maintain their rigidity and precision needed for precise control. Product Page

  • ±4.5kN Load Cell
  • 5kN 10mm Wedge Grips
  • 5kN 56mm Compression Platens
  • Detachable Actuator
  • Synchronized with Vic-3D DIC System
  • Bose Electroforce 5160 Biodynamics Universal Testing System

    UTM for characterization of biomaterials, biological specimen, and thin-films. Operated via the WinTest Digital Control System. Equipt with a Bioreactor for testing in physiologically-revelant environments. Product Page

  • 200N Load Cell
  • 12 mm cross-head displacment
  • Bioreactor with flow rate up to 150 ml/min
  • Frequencies up to 15 Hz
  • Can be configured for Temperature Control
  • Can be configured for Water Chemistry Control
  • RDO HFI-3kW-135/400 High Frequency Induction Heater

    The RDO high frequency induction heater provides a flame free non-contact method of heating. Induction heating allows quicker heating, increased safety, repeatability, higher ramp rates, precision, and automation with external devices. Will operate with any load that falls within the output frequency and voltage specifications.

  • Power rating: 3kW
  • Frequency range: 135-400 kHz
  • Main Power: 3.6 kVA
  • Input Voltage (50-60Hz): 220v, 1-Ph
  • 0.1 s3 maximum response time
  • 100% Duty Cycles
  • Digital Temperature Controller Fuji PXF4 micro controller
  • RDO Infrared Temperature Control System for non-contact temperature measurement
  • Correlated Solutions Vic-3D Digital Image Correlation System

    Vic-3D provides full-field, 3-Dimensional measurements of shape, displacement and strain, based on the principle of Digital Image Correlation. Using this method, actual object movement is measured and the Lagrangian strain tensor is available at every point on the specimen’s surface. Vic-3D can measure arbitrary displacements and strains from 50 microstrain to 2000% strain and above, for specimen sizes ranging from <1mm to >10m. Product Page

  • Synchronized with Instron 5969 UTM
  • Two 2.0 Megapixel Digital Cameras (1624 x 1224 @ 30 fps)
  • Fulcrum Software for vibration or fatigue synchronization
  • Computational Mechanics Laboratory

    The Computational Mechanics Laboratory hosts 12 workstations equipment with a full engineering software suite that includes software for engineering mathematics, computer aided drafting, programming, and finite element analysis. Some of the finite element codes available including ANSYS, FLUENT, ABAQUS, NASTRAN, and several internally-developed codes. Small jobs can be completed directly on the workstations. Small to Medium computing problems can be completed using the HPC and VLC capabilities of the Research Cloud @ UTEP. Large computing efforts can be conducted through the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).