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Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


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Mechanical testing facilities

Mechanical testing facility is used by the group for hot extrusion of Magnesium and Aluminium alloys. Our group has also designed rigs and fixtures for compression test, tensile test etc at elevated temperatures.

Instron 100kN

  • Instron Servo-hydraulic fatigue testing system has an actuator with force capacity up to 100 kN, video extensometer, and an environmental chamber.
  • Environmental chamber provides the capability to study mechanical properties of materials at high temperatures (up to 600°C).
  • Machine's static and dynamic testing capability is used by the group to study crack propagation, estimate critical stress required for twin growth in Mg alloy, and compression and tensile testing at elevated temperatures.
  • Load cell capacity option of 10 kN is available with this equipment, which is suitable for specimen with small gauge section (10 mm2)
  • Bluehill software, provides advanced programming interface and is used to create test profiles, run tests, and analyse results.

Instron 30kN

An image of tensile grip
  • Tensile, compression, shear, and bend tests.
  • Load cell options: 1, 2, 5, and 30 kN.
  • Suitable for low yield strength-magnesium alloys.
  • Video extensometers for precise axial and transverse strain measurements.
  • Bluehill materials testing software, used to create test methods, run tests, and analyse results.

Thermo-mechanical treatment simulator

The High Strain-rate Compression Machine manufactured by Servotest and is used to simulate and analyse the high strain rate compression conditions found in metal working operations.

It consists of the following sections/abilities:

An image of compression
  • Induction furnace.
  • Fully programmable, eg. ramp up/hold/ramp down
  • Compression frame/servo-hydraulic actuator/loadcell
  • Fully programmable, eg. true stress and strain
  • Fast Thermal Transfer Unit
  • Fully programmable rates for air/water/mist cooling or quench
  • Robotic Transfer Device. For transfer between above sections
  • High speed data acquisition and analysis package


  • Max. force 500kN (compression only)
  • Max. Velocities 3.0m/s@ 0kN; 1.6m/s@400kN
  • Max Temperature 1200°C
  • Min. Delay Time (between deformation and quench) 1.0 s
  • Uniaxial Specimen Typical Dimensions length 15-24mm x diameter 10-16mm
  • Plane Strain Specimen Typical Dimensions length 70mm x width 30-50mm x thickness 10mm

MTS fatigue tester

  • 25kN Servo Hydraulic
  • Hydraulic wedge grips
  • Work opening 466 x 789 mm
  • Stroke ±50mm
  • Frequency 30 Hz


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27th February 2015