X-STRM FACILITIES

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The X-STRM lab is located in W305 Brown Hall at the Colorado School of Mines and encompasses 1800 sq ft.

 

The laboratory space is NEW as of fall 2019 and state-of-the-art.  It is presently being updated with our unique experimental apparatus designed in-house, and used to investigate material and/or structural behavior across 10 orders of magnitude in strain rate, with temperature and electrical coupling capabilities, a wide range of full-field optical diagnostics, 2W Coherent laser and white light illumination, and ultra high-speed imaging (5 Mfps),

 

Some of the major equipment includes: a two-stage light gas accelerator, a single-stage gas gun for inertial impact testing and plate impact, a unique impact fatigue device, compression Kolsky (split-Hopkinson) bar systems for both soft and hard material investigations, a miniature tension/torsion Kolsky (in progress),  a 50 foot shock tube (in progress), a standard material load frame, optical microscopes and a wide range of optomechanics and lens systems. X-STRM also has a complete material preparation setup including a diamond saw, an Allied High Tech Multiprep material polisihing system, a precision micro-balance, charge amplifiers, oscilloscopes, hot plates, and high performance computer workstations with Abaqus, MatchID DIC software,  AutoCAD/Creo, and MATLAB.

 

Hypervelocity Accelerator
Hypervelocity Accelerator
Impact Fatigue Device
Impact Fatigue Device
Kolsky Compression Bars
Kolsky Compression Bars
Load Frame
Load Frame
FE Modeling
FE Modeling
Photoelasticity
Photoelasticity
DIC
DIC
High-Speed Imaging
High-Speed Imaging
caustics/schileren
caustics/schileren