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
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
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 SystemThermotron Environmental Chamber SM-8-8200
Sine Force: 3,330 lbf
Random Force: 6,600 lbf at 6 ms, ½ Sine
Max Acceleration: 100g
Milestone Pyro XL Furnace Microwave Ashing System
TA Instruments Q5000 TGA
Pheiffer Thermostar QMG220 Mass Spectrometer
TA Instruments Q5000 Thermal Gravimetric Analyzer (TGA)
Thermo Electron North America iS10... Read more
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
The lab has been very busy with research and testing over the last several months. I will highlight two of the projects that we have been working on.
Carbon Fiber Project:
We have made significant progress in our development of Carbon Fiber manufactured via Ionic Liquid. The researchers have been able to produce tow which has advanced our Technical Readiness Level (TRL) to a TRL-4. The process is still being refined to increase the quality of the... Read more