In the lab

Our Capabilities

We bring together the strengths and assets of labs and equipment through out campus.

Civil Engineering Test Laboratory

Elias Toubia, School of Engineering

Static Test Machines
  • MTS Torsion tester – up to 10,000 lbf-in (1130 N-m)
  • MTS Load frame – up to 67,000 lbf (298 kN) in compression/tension
  • Forney Servo-hydraulic compression station – 5,000 lbf (22.2 kN) to 500,000 lbf (2224 kN) capacity
Instrumentation and Support Equipment
  • CRP Panel Heater by Omega -4.5Kw, 0.3 x 0.3 m (12 x 12") Modular Panels
  • Qualitest environmental chamber – -22° to 104°F (-30 to 40°C), interior space of 20”x26”x57” (51cm x 65cm x 146cm)
  • High Accuracy Data Logger Dual Input, Handheld Thermometer with RS232C Interface and Software ( Part # HH506RA)
  • Forney Cur-O-Matic Curing Box - holds 23 6"x12" (15cm x 30cm) concrete cylinders
  • Adam Scale – up to 300 lbf (1.3 kN) in increments of 0.005 lbf (0.02N)
  • Vishay MicroMeasurements strain gauge recorder – up to four input channels
  • Vishay MicroMeasurements strain gauge scanner – up to 1200 inputs for strain gauges or strain gauge-based transducers, thermocouples, and sensors
  • Shuttle Xpc 2D digital image correlation system
  • DolphiCam Expert – non-destructive acoustic camera for damage assessment
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Department of Chemistry

Vladimir Benin, College of Arts and Sciences

Lab

Synthesis lab (SC 418) furnished with standard equipment for the preparation and purification of small molecules and polymers

Instrumentation

Full access to all major instrumentation within and beyond the Department of Chemistry (Multinuclear NMR, GC-MS, several IR, UV-VIS and fluorescence instruments, single-crystal X-ray instrument, Linux-operated QuantumCube QS16-2500C-X64Q Parallel Cluster) 

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Energy and Environmental Sciences, Power & Energy Division

Alexander B. Morgan, University of Dayton Research Institute

With over 22 years of experience in flame retardant research and polymeric material fire safety, we can deliver practical solutions to industrial, government, and academic customers. We specialize in flame retardant solutions that meet regulatory tests for both thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers. Research also covers combustion and emissions research of burning plastics for energy recovery and development of more sustainable fire safety solutions.

Research projects with UDRI in this area can simply involve fire testing, or can include product development and design. We also offer literature searches and analysis for patent and proposal writing that take advantage of an extensive intelligent database of fire safety and flame retardancy papers. We can also provide consulting services for meeting regulatory tests and product development. With all projects, the customer owns all of the data and intellectual property unless UDRI is bringing existing technology to the project that requires licensing.

Test Equipment

FTT Cone Calorimeter Heat release rate of common thermoplastics measured by a cone calorimeter

Cone Calorimeter (FTT)

  • Standard test for fundamental understanding of materials fire behavior (ASTM E-1354, E-1474, E-1740, D6113, ISO 5660, MIL-STD 2031)
  • Measures heat release rate by oxygen consumption calorimetry
  • Can also measure mass loss rate, smoke production rates, and CO/CO2 production rates
  • Has special low-oxygen calorimetry attachment for burning samples in sub-ambient (lower than 20.95% oxygen) conditions Can perform modified cone calorimeter experiments for specialized fire test needs.

Govmark MCC-1 Micro Combustion Calorimeter

  • Heat release capacity result for high-impact polystyrene sample

Micro Combustion Calorimeter (D7309)

  • Also known as a pyrolysis combustion flow calorimeter
  • Small-scale quantitative flammability testing apparatus (5-50 mg sample) enabling rapid screening for flammability performance
  • Materials can be pyrolyzed under air or nitrogen at rates of 1°C/sec from 50°C to 900°C
  • Heat of combustion measurements can be collected with as little as 5mg of material.

UL-94 Test Station 

Standard test for polymers in electronics and electronic enclosures. Covers the following UL/ASTM methods:

  • ASTM D635 (UL-94 HB)
  • ASTM D3801 (UL-94 V) 
  • ASTM D4804 (UL-94 VTM)
  • ASTM D5048 (UL-94 5V)
  • ASTM D4986 (UL-94 HBF)

Horizontal Flammability Tester

Standard test for aerospace and automotive parts. Covers the following fire test standards:

  • FMVSS 302
  • FAR Part 25.853 Horizontal Test
  • ISO 3795

Vertical Flammability Tester

Standard test for many aerospace, automotive, building, and textile products. Covers the following fire test standards:

  • FAR Part 25.853 Vertical Test
  • NFPA 1971
  • ASTM D6413
  • California Technical Bulletin TB-117
  • Federal and CPSC fabric flame spread tests

Oxygen Bomb Calorimeter

Standard test for measuring heat release and total heat of combustion for solids and liquids.

  • Sample size (0.5g to 1g)
  • Solids can be homogeneous or heterogeneous
  • Instrument can conduct the following ASTM and ISO methods:
    - ASTM: D240, D3176, D3180, D4809, D5468, D5865, E711
    - ISO: ISO1928, ISO 9831
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