RFAL Manager's Update


    As the Lab Manager of the Reliability and Failure Analysis Lab (RFAL), I would like to highlight some of the things happening in our lab. We welcome you to visit our lab and see our capabilities in person.

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Mark Gauldin
Mark Gauldin

Lab Update - January 2014

Lab Update - January 2014

Lab Notes:    I trust everyone had a Safe and Happy Holiday Period. Since I last communicated with you we have completed another semester here at the University. Our students are progressing towards graduation and the next step of their lives. At the lab we have been awarded more equipment to continue our growth. We have been awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) through their Educational Development Donation program 3 complete video systems for a total... Read more

Lab Update - November 2013

Lab Update - November 2013

Lab Notes:    Well it has been several months since my last update because we have been very busy here at RFAL. To start off I need to talk about our students who participated in RAM VI Workshop on October 15-16, 2013. Greg Doud presented on the subject, “Baseline Vibration Testing for a Test Fixture”. Greg for his presentation won the Most Outstanding Graduate Presentation. Our other Graduate Student won scholarships for their presentations. Here is the... Read more

Equipment Update - May 2013

Equipment Update:     As we continue our growth in Reliability Research, we have the need for additional equipment. Over the next few months, we will add the following equipment and capabilities: ETS Vibration System Sine Vibration Sine Force: 3,330 lbf Random Vibration Random Force: 6,600 lbf at 6 ms, ½ Sine Mechanical Shock Max Acceleration: 100g Thermotron Environmental Chamber SM-8-8200 Milestone Pyro XL Furnace Microwave Ashing System   TA Instruments Q5000 TGA IR Furnace Pheiffer Thermostar QMG220 Mass Spectrometer   TA Instruments Q5000 Thermal Gravimetric Analyzer  (TGA) Thermo Electron North America iS10... Read more

Lab Update - May 2013

Lab Update - May 2013

Research and Reliability Testing Update:     This month we have performed some materials testing using our Instron Axial, Tension, and Compression Fatigue Test System and our Satec Axial, Tension, Torsion, and Compression Fatigue Test System. The test subjects were a series of different size padlocks constructed from different material compounds; all were heat hardened boron alloys. The project goal was to determine the amount of force required to cut the shackles on these padlocks. The ASTM... Read more

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