Materials Engineering Laboratory
Facilities and equipment
The Materials Engineering Laboratory is located in the new Engineering Complex Building. This building was inaugurated during the 2012-2013 academic year.
The Materials Engineering Laboratory contains the following equipment:
This glass reactor has a chiller for the condenser and a vacuum pump with control .It is used to synthesize polyesters. The reactor has a heating mantle with capability to 300 °C. The vacuum pump is useful for the efficient removal of water produced during the synthesis. The reactor was purchased from Columbia.
Contact Angle Instrument
This instrument was procured from the Department of Energy through its laboratory equipment donation program. The VCA Optima instrument from AST products is capable of measuring the surface tension and the contact angle of liquids and solid surfaces.
Torsion Testing Instrument
This instrument was purchased from Tecquipment. It is used to peform torsion test in different materials.
Creep Testing Instrument
This instrument was purchased from Tecquipment. It is used to perform creep tests on polymeric and lead materials.
Fatigue Testing Instrument
This instrument is used to perform fatigue testing in metallic samples. Acquired from Tecquipment.
Impact Testing Instrument
The impact testing equipment from Qualitest is used to test plastic specimens in Charpy or Izod configuration. It can be configured for 3, 6 or 9 J of impact energy.
Model QV-700 Universal Hardness Tester from Qualitest is used to perform hardness measurements using Rockwell, Brinell, or Vickers indenters.
Universal Testing Machine
Universal Testing Machine from Instron. It can perform tensile, compression, and three point bending testing. The cell capacity is rated at 50 KN.
Polarized Light Microscope
This polarized microscope is used to visually identify the microscopic structures in metallurgical samples.
The laboratory also has a chemical fume hood, vacuum oven, and a furnace.