Testing facilities and equipment
SIMLab's extensive experimental facilities are used in the testing of materials, components, and structural subsystems. A number of the special-purpose testing facilities are employed in the material characterization at elevated rates of strain and at different stress states. Other test rigs are used for impact testing of components and structures for validation of numerical models.
- Biaxial testing machine
- Gas Gun
- Hydro-pneumatic machine (HPM)
- Pendulum impactor (Kicking Machine)
- Pneumatic accelerator
- Self-piercing riveting machine
- Sheet metal forming machine (BUP)
- Split-Hopkinson tension bar (SHTB)
- Stretch bending rig
- Droptower impact system
- Split-Hopkinson pressure bar
- Shock Tube Facility
Crashing into the research front
At SIMLab, the saying "it is an ill wind that blows nobody any good" could serve as a motto. Shooting, squeezing, crashing and destruction have produced one of the most innovative research environments in Norway.
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Automotive application of a riveting system
2010 — New reaction wall for the SIMLab pendulum accelerator: A reaction wall has been designed and will be installed autumn 2010. The new reaction wall will have a total weight of 130 000 kg and will be floating on the floor by using special-purpose designed shock absorbers. This will limit the transfer of dynamic forces to the laboratory floor and thus the rest of the building
High resolution cameras: We have acquired two new high resolution cameras to carry out field measurements when using the Digital Image Correlation System.