Lab Facilities

High Strain-Rate Mechanics of Materials Laboratory

The High Strain-Rate Mechanics of Materials Laboratory is a roughly 900 sq. ft facility located in Building 60 on the University of Utah campus.

The laboratory houses world class experimental apparatuses dedicated to understanding the mechanical behavior of materials across multiple length and time scales. Major pieces of equipment include Aluminum 7075 and 350C Maraging steel one-half inch and 3/4 inch diameter split-Hopkinson pressure bars, a Shimadzu HPVX2 high speed camera for capturing dynamic events at rates of up to 10Mfps, Instron loadframe for testing traditional size specimens, Psylotech micro-TS loadframe for small scale specimen testing and SEM in-situ experimental studies, JOEL 5910LV SEM, mechanical and vibratory polishing equipment, and digital image correlation (DIC).
Department of Mechanical Engineering - Solid Mechanics Testing Suite

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has a wide range of mechanical testing and imaging equipment, available to support research projects. The testing suite is supported full-time by a technical staff member dedicated to aiding undergraduate and graduate students as needed. The following resources are available to the PI's and supported students free of charge.

Uniaxial servo-hydraulic load frames with 15 to 736 kN capacity.
Biaxial tension-torsion servo-hydraulic load frame with 100 kN and 1230 Nm capacity.
Uniaxial electromechanical load frames with 5 to 250 kN capacity.
Uniaxial electrodynamic load frame with 1kN capacity.
Instron Dynatup 8250 HV drop tower with 0.7 to 816 J capacity.
Varian and GE X-ray computed tomography.
Digital Image Correlation (DIC) Correlated Solutions system with 10 megapixel stereo imaging
College of Engineering - Nanofabrication Surface Analysis and Nano-scale Imaging Lab

Advanced material surface characterization is available through the University of Utah Surface Analysis and Nano-scale Imaging Laboratory located in the Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building (SMBB). The Surface Analysis Lab is a 5,300 sq. ft. facility housing a portfolio of tools including an analytical S/TEM with ultrafast EDS (2D and 3D elemental mapping) and both wet and dry cell in-situ imaging, an imaging XPS/Auger/ISS, XHR dual-beam FIB with Pt, Au deposition, I2, XeF2 and H2O enhanced etch injectors and omniprobe, UHR imaging SEM (cold FEG), analytical hi-res ESEM (FEG) with EBSD and EDX, with AFM, stylus profilometer, ellipsometer, Hysitron nanoindenter, optical interferometer, digital metallurgical microscope, microspot XRF, and a suite of specimen preparation tools to support SEM and TEM imaging.

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University of Utah Machine Shop Facilities

Within the Department of Mechanical Engineering there are two machine shops which support the research and teaching missions of the department. The student machine shop provides access to standard milling, lathe, metal brakes and hand tools for undergraduate and graduate student use. A three-axis CNC mill supported by a full-time staff member is also available. The Pro shop supplements the student machine shop with high precision HAAS CNC mills, lathes, and tooling.

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The School of Medicine Machine Shop Core is the premiere milling and machining facility at the University of Utah, providing unparalleled service to the School of Medicine and the broader University community. The Machine Shop Core is equipped with a full complement of lathes, drills, vertical mills, knee mills, welders, grinders, and C-N-C machinery capable of repairing existing devices and of making new products from scratch. The experienced machinists will consult to assist with the design process for products ranging from precise surgical instruments to large-scale biomechanical testing equipment. The Machine Shop is capable of fabricating and repairing devices and parts out of carbon-steel, stainless steel, brass, copper, and plastics as well as other materials depending on the requirements of design specifications.

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