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METaL Project Teams Up with SMaRT

Philip Barnes
29 January 2021

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The METaL team are in the process of developing a brand new course entitled Mechanical Testing. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to deliver our courses face to face at the moment, so the newest member of the project Dr Ben Cockings has been busy filming a number of testing techniques and processes with the team at SMaRT.

Swansea Materials Research and Testing Ltd (SMaRT) is a fantastic facility based at the Institute of Structural Materials within Swansea University.  It is an ISO17025 accredited mechanical testing laboratory (accredited by UKAS) which boasts a state of the art testing suite of mechanical test machines capable of a large range of test types including: tensile, compression, load and strain controlled fatigue, thermo-mechanical fatigue, corrosion fatigue, small punch and conventional creep.

SMaRT is a wholly owned commercial subsidiary of the University which provides support for many forms of standard mechanical property assessments, whilst at the same time addressing bespoke forms of specimen or sub-element material testing where novel test development is required. A high quality machining service is available for the manufacture of specimens and associated fixtures.

In addition to generating mechanical test data, SMaRT can perform post-test failure analysis utilising optical and scanning electron microscopy, topographic measurement, electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD) and metallographic sectioning.

You can rely on the quality of the data generated, as SMaRT holds ISO17025 accreditation for specific mechanical test standards.

SMaRT has the capacity to conduct short-term consultancies, provide regular quality control for batch release testing or collaborate under large scale research programmes, all professionally managed by their skilled team of academic, research and technical staff.

Ben said, “The facilities offered at SMaRT are absolutely amazing and cutting edge. It’s been great to work with the SMaRT team and to be able to showcase some of the processes and capabilities they have, whilst at the same time allowing the METaL Project to bring some of the testing techniques to life via video recordings. It’s important to bring variety to our online teaching methods and the practical application we will be able to highlight of some of the testing processes which we will be using when our course goes live early next year will be invaluable”.

Colin Small, Chief Operating Officer, for SMaRT said, “We are always looking for exciting and innovative ways to support the commercial and research sectors whilst further promoting the services provided by SMaRT. By teaming up with the METaL Project we can not only showcase our high-class facility and capabilities but also contribute to the excellent learning opportunities that our colleagues in METaL provide for industry.”

Why not check out one of Ben’s videos in relation to fatigue testing on the Metal YouTube channel.

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