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)
Damped Composites
Experimental investigation of composites damping.
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.
Nanoscale Modeling
Nanomechanics simulation and development of specialty numerical tools.
Design and Manufacturing
The Group is highly trained on the whole manufacturing process; from concept to final product.
Impact Facility
Hi-Speed impact testing facility. Typical velocities are around 300m/s.
Active and Morphing Structures Facility
Experimental investigation of SMA-based active and morphing structures.
Damage Simulation
Development of specialty Finite Elements and numerical tools for the simulation of damage initiation and propagation in composites.
Coupon Fabrication and Instrumentation
Coupon fabrication and instrumentation following international standards (ISO, ASTM, etc.) and successful practices.
Quality Assessment
Investigation of fabricated specimens using C-Scan facility for the identification of damage and impurities.

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 is capabale of launching projectiles at 300m/s. Higher velocities are feasible upon calibration.

Impact Facility