Torsten Schenkel and David Asquith from the Department of Engineering and Mathematics have been awarded HEFCE HEIF funding for the development of a new facility that will consolidate considerable investment in research and measurement equipment over the last 4 years.
They are currently finalising the infrastructure for the new Experimental and Computational Continuum Mechanics Facility to be operational late summer 2018, ready for the new academic year.
This facility will provide cutting edge experimental capability for research, teaching and consultancy by combining optical measurement methods like 3D Digital Image Correlation (DIC) for strain measurement and stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) for flow field measurement with numerical simulation capability for multi-scale and multi-disciplinary research.
The optical measurement expertise in the lab will also be used to develop interferometry and photoelasticity systems and provides a home for researchers and students to work with advanced laser measurement systems.
In addition to the experimental facilities the ECM hosts a small linux cluster that can be used for the development of prototype numerical simulation software and models.
The lab will be open to prospective and funded research from August 2018.
You can find further information and regular updates on the progress on the ECM website: http://blogs.shu.ac.uk/ecm
Please contact Torsten and David if you have project ideas that may benefit from the new capability.