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The University of Manchester at Harwell

Equipment

We operate and maintain several pieces of equipment that are used for in situ experiments on beamlines or that can be used for off-line measurements complementing X-ray or neutron experiments.

Equipment currently available:

Deben CT500 micro-tensile test machine for tomography

  • Applied force: Up to 100 N, 1% accuracy
  • Movement: up to 10 mm stroke, 300 nm accuracy
  • Sample size: up to 25 mm long, 6 mm diameter

Deben CT5000 micro-tensile test machine for tomography

  • Applied force: Up to 5 kN, 1% accuracy, 500 N load cell also available
  • Movement: up to 10 mm stroke, 300 nm accuracy
  • Sample size: up to 35 mm long, 20 mm diameter
  • Temperature control: -20 – 160 °C, monitoring to 0.1 °C
  • Coming upgrade: confinement for toxic materials

Electro-thermo-mechanical tester (ETMT)

  • 3 kN universal test machine
  • Fast heating of samples through direct electrical resistance heating
  • Heating rate up to 200 °C/s.
  • Cooling rate up to 100 °C/s.
  • Optional inert gas environment

Energetic materials confinement and interlock system

  • For fast (10 kHz) radiography of energetic materials undergoing deflagration to detonation transition (DDT)
  • Maximum 350 mg of material

Impactor and interlock system

  • For fast imaging and radiography of materials under 30-80 m/s impact
  • Range of impactors available on request

Radiochemistry containment cell

  • Transuranic Sample Holder for XAS (TSH-XAS)
  • Uses standard Nalgene cryovial for sample
  • Triple-walled containment cell
  • Design and testing documents available (please email for information)
  • Made by Fairbrother and Grimshaw Engineering Ltd
  • Contact Sam Shaw for advice, systems of work and loan of cells