Determination of material properties and experimental stress analysis

WE OFFER:

  • Coupon, panel and structural part static and fatigue testing
  • Crack growth monitoring and analysis
  • Fracture toughness tests (K-factor, J-integral, plastic zone, ...)
  • Contact corrosion tests
  • Hot-Wet testing
  • Testing process controlled by strain, force or hysteresis loop magnitude
  • Impact damage simulation
  • Metallographic and failure surface analysis

 

EQUIPMENT:

  • One-axis loading machines for quasi-static and fatigue loading up to 2,000 kN
  • Test climate chambers for mechanical testing -65 ° C to 250 ° C
  • Climatic chambers for long-term conditioning at 70 ° C / 85% r.h.
  • High temperature furnaces up to 1,100 ° C, impedance heating up to 1,200 ° C
  • Digital Image Correlation (DIC) – Optical non-contact area measurement of deformation and motion tracking on a structure
  • Different types of extensometers, including dual and laser extensometer
  • FRACTOMAT crack length measurement system
  • Strain gauging (continuous multichannel measurement using resistance or fiber optic sensors)
  • Microscopes – scanning electron, metallographic, 3D

 

Research projects:

  • THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITES - “Verification methods for design and production technology for parts of advanced structures made of reinforced thermoplastic”, (2009-2012. MIT – TIP1, project No. FR-TI1/463)
  • CERFAC – “Cost Effective Reinforcement of Fastener Areas in Composites“, (2010-2014, FP7 EU, project No. 266026)
  • STRAINMON – “Strain Monitoring in Composite Stiffened Panels Using Sensors“, (2011-2012, JU – Clean Sky, Project No: 296514)
  • SONACA - “Fixed leading edge of composite wing of CS100 airplane“, (2009-2013, MIT – TIP1, project No. FR-TI1/291)
  • INMA – “Innovative manufacturing of Ti sheet parts for cost-efficiency and flexibility“, (2010-2014, FP7 EU, project No. 266208)
  • IASS – „Improving the aircraft safety by self-healing structure and protecting nanofillers”, (2012-2015, FP7 EU, project No.. 313978)
  • ESPOSA - „Efficient Systems and Propulsion for Small Aircraft“, WP6.5 New design and manufacturing approaches for “hot“ composite nacelles (2011-2015, EC – 7FP EU, project No. 284859)
  • SARISTU – „Smart Intelligent Aircraft Structures“, (2011-2015, FP7 EU, project No. 284562)
  • INKOM – “Integration of composite materials into airframe of small transport aircraft”, (2012-2015, MIT-TIP, project No. FR-TI4/543)
  • BOPACS - “Boltless assembling Of Primary Aerospace Composite Structures”, (2012-2016, EK-FP7, project No. 314180)
  • THERMOPLASTS – “Research and development of modern production technologies for parts and applications made of high performance composites with thermoplastic matrix”, (2013-2016, TAČR – ALFA3, project No. TA03010209)
  • CANAL – “Creating Nonconventional Laminates”, (2013-2017, EC - FP7, project No. 605583)
  • FSS – FUTURE SKY SAFETY, ”WP7.2 - Material solutions to mitigate fire, smoke and fumes in cabin“,  (2015-2018, EC - H2020, project No. 640597)
  • CKLT – „Research centre for advanced aircraft structures”, (2012-2019, TAČR – Centre of Competence, project No. TA02000032)
  • ACASIAS -“Advanced Concepts for Aero-Structures with Integrated Antennas and Sensors“,  (2017-2020, EC – H2020, project No. 723167)
  • OASIS – “Optimisation of Friction Stir Welding (FSW) and Laser Beam Welding (LBW) for assembly of structural aircraft parts“, (2018-2020, JTI Clean Sky 2, project No. 785557)
  • THERMOPLAST – “Research and development of modern production technologies for parts and applications made of high performance composites with thermoplastic matrix”, (2013-2016, TAČR – ALFA3, project No. TA03010209)
  • DREAM  - “Design and Realization of equipped engine compartments including cowling for a fast compound rotorcraft”, (2017-2021, JU – Clean Sky 2, project No. 737955 – CS2)
  • LATTE – “Full Fairing for Main Rotor Head of the LifeRCraft demonstrator ”, (2017-2021, JU – Clean Sky 2, project No. 755483 – CS2
  •  “Smart and reliable aircraft structures“, partial objective 3 (2018-2022, institutional funding MIT via “DKRVO”)

 

Contact person:

Dr. Ing. Roman Růžek, Head of Materials, technologies and NDT, VZLU
tel: +420 225 115 153, e-mail: ruzek@vzlu.cz