Materials

Welcome to Materials Engineering. Material testing and inspection. DUME provides access to user friendly testing, characterisation and inspection for any solid material. Tensile testing, hardness testing, surface profilometry and SEM is available for students, industry and the wider Deakin University community.

Whether you want to learn the technology and methods yourself, or need some additional expertise on your next project, we are here to help.

Spaces and open times

The Lab is only accessible with swipe card access on weekdays from 8am – 6pm. Approval of swipe card access applications requires completion of level 2 local area induction.

Consultations: Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 11am during trimester.

The Lab consists of six laboratory spaces:

  • Materials Test Lab – KE2.101
  • Heat Treatment Lab – KE2.101.01
  • Metallography Lab – KE2.101.02
  • Engineering Science Lab – KE2.103
  • Microscopy Lab – KE2.103.02
  • Corrosion Lab – KE2.104

These laboratory spaces contain a number of different pieces of equipment as outlined below. Usage of some equipment must be booked in the outlook calendar using the provided email addresses.

Other general laboratory equipment available;

  • Analytical balances
  • Water quality meters such as pH, conductivity, ion selective electrodes
  • Ultrasonicator
  • Dessicators
  • Magnetic stirrers

Materials technical team

Materials Team

Rachel Rossau
Technical Officer
KE2.103.03
03 5227 3345
rachel.rossau@deakin.edu.au

Access the lab

To obtain access to the lab and its equipment – please refer to Commencing a Project

You must have completed the following prior to using the laboratories.

Equipment Information and Resources

Hardness testing

Equipment Struers DuraJet Struers DuraScan
Description Measures the permanent depth of indentation produced by a force/load on an indenter to calculate resistance to indentation (hardness).  Uses optics to measure the size of indentation produced by a force/load on an indenter to calculate resistance to indentation (hardness). 
Application(s)
  • Rockwell hardness
  • Brinell depth hardness
  • Plastic hardness
  • Carbon hardness
  • Vickers hardness
  • Knoop hardness
Booking address *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101 Rockwell Hardness Tester  *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101 Vickers Hardness tester
Location KE2.101

KE2.101

Resources and information

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Load Frames testing

Equipment Instron Load Frame
Description Applies load to the sample to calculate various mechanical properties.
Application(s)
  • Tension testing
  • Compression testing
  • Flexural (3 point and 4 point bend) testing
Booking address 10kN Load Capacity *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101 Instron 10kN
50kN Load Capacity *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101 Instron 50kN
Location KE2.101
Resources and information

See Load Frames Testing

Impact testing

Equipment Charpy Impact Tester
Description Determines the amount of energy absorbed by a material during fracture.
Application(s)
  • Toughness
  • Ductility
Booking address *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101
Location KE2.101
Resources and informationFor assistance, contact the Materials team.

Materialographic preparation

EquipmentFurnaces Struers Accutom
Description Applies extreme heat to alter physical or chemical properties. Allows cutting and thin sectioning of specimens whilst minimising surface deformation.
Application(s)
  • Heat treatment
  • Precision Cutting
  • Thin Sectioning
Booking address *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101.01 Small Furnace
 
*G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101.01 Medium Furnace 1
 
*G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101.01 Medium Furnace 2
*G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101 Precision cut-off machine
Location KE2.101.01

KE2.101

Equipment Struers CitoPress Struers LaboPol Struers Tegramin
Description Applies temperature and force to rapidly embed specimens and create a mount.

Grinding removes damaged or deformed surface material, while limiting the amount of additional surface deformation.

Polishing removes damage remaining on the surface from previous steps.

Application(s)
  • Hot Mounting
  • Manual Grinding
  • Manual Polishing
  • Semi-automatic fine grinding
  • Semi-automatic polishing
Booking address *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101.02 Hot-mounting press *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101.02 Grinding machine *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101 Precision cut-off machine
Location KE2.101.02 KE2.101.02 KE2.101.02
Resources and information

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Microscopy

Equipment Olympus Macroscope Olympus Optical Microscope
Description Uses visible light and a system of lenses to magnify images of small samples up to 4.5X Uses visible light and a system of lenses to magnify images of small samples from 5X to 100X
Application(s)
  • Visualisation
  • Measurement of features
Booking address *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101 Macro-scope *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101 Optical Microscope
Location

KE2.101

KE2.101

Equipment Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX)
Description Produces micron scale images of sample surface by scanning with a focused electron beam. Signals produced contain information about topography and composition.

Analyses elemental composition and concentration by scanning a focused X-ray beam that emits characteristic X-rays on interaction with the specimen.

Application(s)
  • Micrometer or nanometer scale topography
  • Compositional analysis
  • Qualitative elemental analysis
  • Quantitative elemental analysis
Booking address *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.103.02 SEM
LocationKE2.103.02
Resources and information

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Optical Profilometry

EquipmentAlicona
Description Combines the small depth of focus of an optical system with vertical scanning to provide topographical and color information from the variation of focus.
Application(s)
  • 3D Surface measurement and form
  • 2D image measurement
  • Profile roughness measurement
  • Profile form measurement
  • Surface texture measurement
  • Surface area measurement
  • Contour measurement
  • Volume measurement
  • Difference measurement
Booking address *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.101 Alicona
Location KE2.101
Information and resources

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Thermal Properties testing

Equipment Perkin Elmer Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
Description Measures the difference in the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of a sample and reference as a function of temperature.
Application(s)
  • Heat capacity
  • Heat history
  • Glass transition
  • Melting temperature
  • Crystallisation temperature
  • Oxidative Induction time
Specifications

Single furnace

Heat flux DSC

Minimum sample analysis temperature -65°C

Maximum sample analysis temperature 400°C

Heating rates of 0.1 to 100 °C/min in steps of 0.1 °C/min.

Booking address *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.103 DSC
Location KE2.103
Resources and information

Melt Flow Indexer

EquipmentMelt Flow Indexer (MFI)
DescriptionMeasure the resistance to flow (viscosity) of the polymer melt at a given temperature under a given force for a predetermined period of time. This is based on GB3682-2000 test method. It is not only suitable for high melting temperature engineering plastics such as polycarbonate, polyarylsulfone, fluorine plastic and nylon, but also suitable for some other low temperature plastic products which are made up of polyethylene(PE), polystyrene(PS), polypropylene(PP), ABS resin, and polyoxymethylene.
Application(s)
  • Flow-ability/ viscosity
  • Indirect molecular weight
Specifications

Extruding and discharging part:

  • Outlet diameter:Φ2.095±0.005mm
  • Outlet length:8.000±0.025mm
  • Charging cylinder diameter:Φ9.550±0.025mm
  • Charging cylinder length:152±0.1mm
  • Piston rod diameter:9.475±0.015mm
  • Piston rod length:6.350±0.100mm

Counterbalance mass relative error ≤0.5%
Temperature range 50-400°C
Temperature precision ±0.5°C

Standard test load (eight classes):

  1. 0.325 kg = (rod + weight tray + lagging + 1st body weight) = 3.187N
  2. 1.200 kg = (0.325 + 0.875kg weight) = 11.77 N
  3. 2.160 kg = (0.325 + 1.835kg weight) = 21.18 N
  4. 3.800 kg = (0.325 + 3.475kg weight) = 37.26 N
  5. 5.000 kg = (0.325 +  4.675kg weight) = 49.03 N
  6. 10.000 kg = (0.325 + 4.675 + 5.000kg weight) = 98.07 N
  7. 12.000 kg = (0.325 + 4.675 + 5.000 + 2.500kg weight) = 122.58 N
  8. 21.600 kg = (0.325 + 0.875 + 1.835 + 3.475 + 4.675 + 5.000 + 2.500 +  2.915kg weight) = 211.82 N
Booking address *G SEBE ENG Lab Eqpmt KE2.103 MFI
Location KE2.103
Resources and information

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