At the end of December 2009 The Ministry of Science and Higher Education decided to grant the realization of developmental project by scientific-industrial consortium, represented by Materials and Structures Research Center. The project “Research methods and system for impact testing of aircraft and land vehicles subcomponents for passengers safety evaluation“ was submitted for 9th competition of developmental projects in the range of defense and safety.
Materials and Structures Research Center has broaden the range of its services including structural research of materials. Newly opened department has become part of Nondestructive Laboratory.
– microstructure analysis,
– surface analysis,
– chemical composition analysis,
– hardness tests,
– roughness tests.
Laboratory has the newest equipment intended for above – mentioned tests
Fractography as well as surface analysis are conducted with the use of Scanning Electron Microscopy EVO 25 MA made by Zeiss with the biggest chamber available on market, allowing to investigate samples up to 25 cm height. The EDX detector allows to chemical composition analysis of investigated material.
Microsection is prepared on high class Pressi equipment (cutting machine, automatic mounting machine, grinding- polishing machine), microstructure analysis is performed on Zeiss Optical Microscopy Neophot 2. For smaller magnification Nikon stereoscopic microscopy is used.
Laboratory has also equipment for mechanical properties tests such as hardness and roughness. Surftest SJ-301 is portable roughness tester which fulfill DIN, ISO, ANSI and JIS standards. Hardmatic is portable hardness tester, dedicated to metallic materials, using rebound method (according to ASTM A956 standard). Hardness results are in L scale (Leeb value) which can be converted into Vickers, Brinell, Rockwell B, Rockwell C, and Shore HS scale. Device is adjusted to carry tests on materials with Ra less than 10 µm and thickness not smaller than 5 mm.
Scope of new department complement and broaden MSRC testing capabilities in the range of complex testing of materials and structure, both in the aspect of cooperation with clients and current research projects.
Nondestructive Testing Laboratory acquired new laboratory equipment for materials and objects testing by eddy current and ultrasonic method.
This apparatus enables localization and description of materials defects such as flaw detection (fractures, insertions, corrosions, stratifications, weld fractures and defining of properties and physical parameters of materials, such as conductivity, waves’ propagation velocity, geometrical measurements, corrosion degree definition.
Flaw detector Phasec 3d is, so yet, the newest model designed for nondestructive testing by eddy current method, produced by GE Inspection Technologies. Except typical fracture and discontinuity inspection application, it enables weld, corrosion degree and rivet joint inspections as far as conductivity measurements. Phasec 3d is very small (117,2×88,4mm) and light (1,1 kg) flaw detector which enable mobility and work in difficult conditions. Inside memory with USB connection enable easy and quick measurements records.
Ultrasonc flaw detector Phasor XS is one of the most developed and high tech model for ultrasonic testing. It’s also produced by GE Inspection Technologies which is a guarantee of high quality, precision and reliability of measurements. Big merit is it’s small size (282x171x159mm), low weight (3,6 kg) and big memory space which enables mobility and work In difficult conditions. Phasor XS is a flaw detector with function of precise gauge’s measurements. Novelty is a multiconvert