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The Mechanical Properties Characterization Lab at the University of Central Florida is a facility geared towards the development and implementation of cutting edge life prediction methodologies for materials and components subjected to extreme mechanical, thermal, environmental conditions and combinations thereof. To support this endeavor, researchers use a balance of mechanical experimentation, numerical simulation, and constitutive theory to project the performance of structures subjected to non-idealized service conditions. Aside from its researchers, the cornerstone of this facility is its mechanical testing equipment. By means of servo-hydraulic and electromotive test frames, specimen-sized samples are subjected to fatigue, creep-fatigue, and thermomechanical fatigue conditions representative of high temperature components. The researchers in the facility commonly design fixtures, grips, and other devices to subject specimens to aggressive reactants during mechanical loading. Whenever possible mechanical characterization activities follow recommendations set forth by either ASTM or ISO standards. Devices are calibrated annually.

  1. Finite Element Analysis (FEA): ANSYS Academic Research [LS-DYNA, HPC, CFM, EM, Polyflow, HF (with tech support access)]
  2. Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD): AutoDesk
  3. Engineering Calculations: MathCAD Version Prime 2.0
  4. Engineering Simulation: MATLAB
  5. Graphing and Statistical Analysis: Sigmaplot Version 12.0
  6. Mathematical Modeling: TableCurve 2D and 3D
  7. Statistical Analysis: SYSTAT
  8. Optimization: Formulize (Eureqa 0.98.1 Beta)
  9. Data Digitization: DataThief
  10. General-Purpose 3D Structural Analysis: SolidWorks
  11. Various MOMRG-developed codes for material modeling and data processing
  12. Office Suites: MS Office and Libre Office
  13. Image Analysis: Image-Pro Plus
  14. Equation Editor: MathType (Version 6.8)