Impact Facility
Hi-Speed impact testing facility. Typical velocities are around 300m/s.
Impact Experiments and Numerical Models
Evaluation of Ballistic Limit and Damage
Material Characterization
Specialty material testing and characterization, using international standards (ISO, ASTM, etc.)
Material Characterization
Prediction and Validation of Effective Composite Properties at Laminate Level
Piezoelectric Applications
Structural Health Monitoring Techniques
Active and Morphing Structures Facility
Experimental investigation of SMA-based active and morphing structures.
Shape Memory Alloy Applications
Morphing Structures
Coupon Fabrication and Instrumentation
Coupon fabrication and instrumentation following international standards (ISO, ASTM, etc.) and successful practices.
Nanoscale Modeling
Nanomechanics simulation and development of specialty numerical tools.
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)

The impact testing facility composed of:hailstone A

  • 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 capable of:

  • Ultra High Frequency signal generation and acquisition systems (1-10MHz).
  • High Frequency (1-1MHz) amplifier for active piezoceramic sensor pairs.
  • High-speed 3D digital image correlations (DIC) providing data for full-field deformation and strain distributions
  • Laser Doppler Vibrometer (Polytek) non-conduct sensor with high velocity and displacement resolution, and high sampling-frequency (300ksamples/sec).

The Group is experienced in:

  • Coupon Fabrication with the Resin Transfer Mold method (RTM)
  • Material Characterization considering established standards (ASTM, etc.)


The Shape Memory Alloys & Morphing Structures Lab is employed for:

  • Thermomechanical testing and stabilization of SMA actuators
  • Active Shape and Vibration Control
  • High-speed, high-precision dynamic data acquisition systems

  • 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