Composite Materials: Research & Development Capabilities

Shock Tube
The University’s shock tube provides researchers a way to measure the strength of materials.

Composite materials are wide spread in today’s structural applications because they offer high strength to weight ratios, improved corrosion resistance and reduced maintenance costs. Due to the breadth of uses, these materials are often subjected to extreme conditions. At the University of Rhode Island College of Engineering, we excel at studying how composite materials behave in these extreme environments.

Our Capabilities

  • Analysis of Fiber-Reinforced Composites
  • Blast Mitigation
  • Bridge Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Conversion Coating Setup
  • Corrosion Measurement Systems
  • Damage Evolution Following High Velocity Impact
  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy
  • Environmental Effects
  • Fatigue and Failure Analysis
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Hydrogen Embrittlement Testing
  • Impact Mechanics and Elasticity
  • Nano Materials
  • Optical Methods
  • Quantify Uncertainties of Composites
  • Seismic and Structural Reliability
  • Stress Corrosion Testing
  • Thermal Analysis

Our Research

  • Adhesive Bonding
  • Chromate Replacement Technology
  • Corrosion Mechanisms and Resistant Coatings
  • Degradation of Materials
  • Development and Characterization of Composite Max Phase Materials
  • Failure Analysis
  • Forensic Engineering
  • High Temperature Dynamic Response of Layered Aerospace Structures
  • Implosion of Composite Vessels
  • Response of Composite Structures to Blast and Ballistic Loadings
  • Surface Chemistry and Microstructural Analysis
  • Seismic Vibration Analysis Implosion
  • Surface Treatment for Paint Adhesion
  • Thin Film Sensors
  • Wave Propagation Analysis
Pressure Tank
Our high-pressure tank accommodates underwater explosions research.

Specialized Equipment

  • Asphalt Testing Equipment
  • Ballistics Chamber
  • Crafford Laser Star Laser Welding System
  • Defractometer
  • Digital Image Correlation Equipment
  • High Pressure Underwater Experiment Environment
  • High temperature Strain Testing Fixtures to 1300C
  • Imacon high speed digital cameras making 200 million frames per second at 1280×1024 resolution
  • Imacon 468 MkII High Speed Camera
  • Instron Drop Weight Machine
  • MTS and Instron Materials Testing Systems
  • Perkin Elmer Multitechnique Analyzer with ESCA, SMS and Auger Spectroscopy
  • Photo Lithography Capability to 1um
  • Photron SA1.1 High Speed Cameras
  • Scanning Electronic Microscope
  • Shock Tube for Blast Loading
  • Software (Abaqus, Matlab, iSIGHT, SigmaScan, SigmaPlot, SolidWorks)
  • Split Hopkinson Bars
  • Sputter Machine
  • Thin Film Glancing Angle X-ray Diffractometer
  • Transmission Electron Microscope
  • UMIS III Nanoindentation System

Specialized Laboratories

  • Additive Manufacturing Laboratory
  • Corrosion and Surfaces Laboratory
  • Creep Testing Laboratory
  • Dynamic Photomechanics Laboratory (DPML)
  • High Strain Rate Testing Laboratory
  • Mechanics of Materials Laboratory (MMRL)
  • Sensors and Surface Technology Laboratory
  • Thin Film Surface Analysis Laboratory
  • Ultrafine Grain Manufacturing Facilities Laboratory
  • Waterjet Research Laboratory
  • Wave Tank

Our Partners

  • Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • Army Research Office
  • Center of Excellence in Undersea Technology
  • Chemical Grouting Company
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Mesoscribe Technologies
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • Navy Undersea Warfare Center
  • Navy Materials Science Corporation
  • Office of Naval Research
  • Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • RI Department of Transportation
  • Rolls Royce Aerospace
  • Synergy Corporation
  • TPI Composites
  • United States Air Force
  • United Technologies
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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