Active and Morphing Structures Facility
Experimental investigation of SMA-based active and morphing structures.
Impact Facility
Hi-Speed impact testing facility. Typical velocities are around 300m/s.
Design and Manufacturing
The Group is highly trained on the whole manufacturing process; from concept to final product.
Composite Bridge
Design, manufacturing and testing of a bridge fully made of advanced composites.
Modeling of Morphing Structures
Numerical modeling and simulations of morphing structures and components.
Damped Composites
Experimental investigation of composites damping.
Material Characterization
Specialty material testing and characterization, using international standards (ISO, ASTM, etc.)
Hi-Speed Imaging and DIC
HiSpeed imaging can achive framerates up to 500k fps. Acquired images can be post-processed by specialty Digital Image Correlation software (GOM Aramis)
Damage Simulation
Development of specialty Finite Elements and numerical tools for the simulation of damage initiation and propagation in composites.
Nanoscale Modeling
Nanomechanics simulation and development of specialty numerical tools.
Quality Assessment
Investigation of fabricated specimens using C-Scan facility for the identification of damage and impurities.
Coupon Fabrication and Instrumentation
Coupon fabrication and instrumentation following international standards (ISO, ASTM, etc.) and successful practices.

The impact testing facility composed of:hailstone impact

  • a gas cannon that operates with pressurized nitrogen.
  • a protective polycarbonate chamber, practically bulletproof.
  • high-speed imaging apparatus, up to 500k fps.

The facility if capable of

  • Ultra High Frequency signal generation and acquisition systems (1-10MHz).
  • High Frequency (1-1MHz) amplifier for active piezoceramic sensor pairs.
  • Laser Doppler Vibrometer (Polytek) non-conduct sensor with high velocity and displacement resolution, and high sampling-frequency (300ksamples/sec).


  • Acceleration (1D and 3D), force, strain and temperature measurement
  • Impact force excitation through a range of impact hammers (miniature to heavy)
  • Continuous force excitation (6lb and 50lb electromagnetic shakers)
  • 8- and 4-channel high-speed dynamic data acquisition & spectral analyzer systems
  • Modal frequency, damping and mode shapes measurement
  • Composite Damping Characterization

The Smart Material Testing Lab is employed for:

  • Testing of piezoelectric actuators & sensorsAdaptiveStructuresFacility
  • Thermomechanical testing and stabilization of SMA actuators
  • High-voltage, high-frequency amplifiers for the excitation of piezo-actuators (±700Volts, 0-100kHz)
  • Active Shape and Vibration Control
  • High-speed, high-precision dynamic data acquisition systems