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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department Faculty

MAESolid Mechanics Laboratory

Directed by: Dr. Ramamurthy Prabhakaran

The Solid Mechanics Laboratory houses several machines for measuring the mechanical properties of a variety of materials. It is equipped with a computerized data acquisition system for recording and data analysis. Recent additions are experiments in non-destructive material and composite evaluation.


Safety Rules and Guidelines

  1. Food and drinks are strictly prohibited.
  2. Safety glasses/goggles must be worn when instructed.
  3. No open toed shoes, jewelry, or loose clothing may be worn inside the lab. Long hair must be tied into a bun and covered with a hair net if any machinery is operated.
  4. Please maintain a tidy workspace and clean the machines after use.
  5. Report any damaged equipment, leaks, or malfunctions to the lab coordinator.
  6. Each student should conduct himself or herself in a manner that ensures the safety of the all group members at all times.
  7. Do not operate any machine without permission from the instructor.
  8. Handle broken specimens carefully; they may have sharp edges.
  9. ODU Lab Safety Rules, MSDS forms, and Accident Report forms can be found in the laboratory documents binder or online.
  10. A First Aid Kit is located inside the lab. When needed, please utilize the kit and immediately contact lab coordinator Amit Kulkarni 757-362-4807 or email at akulk004@odu.edu.
  11. For serious injuries and emergencies, please call 911 or ODU Campus Police 757-683-4000.
  12. To contact the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept. call 757-683-6363.
  13. For questions on safety and training certifictions, please contact Kelvin Colvin at 757-683-4592 or email at kcolvin@odu.edu

Lab Capabilities:

  • Tensile Tests

  • Compression Tests

  • Torsion Tests

  • Bending Tests

  • Measurement of Material Properties


Lab Facilities:

  • Universal Testing Machine (MTS)

  • Torsion Twisting Machine

  • Benestop Testing Machines

  • Strain Indicators

  • Other Instruments

MTS Alliance RF/300 Electromechanical Load Frame MTS Alliance RF/300 Electromechanical Load Frame
MTS Alliance RF/300 Electromechanical Load FrameMTS Alliance RF/300 Electromechanical Load Frame with Computers Analyzing Data
Tensile Testing Apparatus with P3 Strain Indicator and Recorder (close up)Tensile Testing Apparatus with P3 Strain Indicator and Recorder (close up)
Tensile Testing ApparatusTensile Testing Apparatus with P3 Strain Indicator and Recorder (complete setup)

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