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Research Facilities for Materials Scientists

From an Optical Deformation and Strain Measurement System (ARAMIS) to a Universal Testing System (Zwick 1445). This is a survey of equipment and experiments available for materials scientists in the laboratories of the 4TU's.

4TU.HTM equipment infrastructure - under construction (January 2024)

On the equipment infrastructure website of 4TU.HTM you can find information about equipment related to materials science that is available at Delft University of Technology, University of Twente, Eindhoven University of Technology and Wageningen University & Research. (Right now, only the TU Delft infrastructure and part of the UTwente infrastructure is available.)

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We invite all interested parties to take a look at the available instrumentation and corresponding expertise. For the use of or further details about the facilities, please contact the responsible person.

The information below refers to information already available on the individual websites of the 4TU's. For questions and requests concerning specific laboratories, equipment or experiments, please address the contact information mentioned on the websites.

Materials for Additive Manufacturing (MAM) Lab - TU Delft

Advances in aerospace and energy transition require materials that meet ever-increasing demands. Such as extreme environments, high pressures or temperatures. In TU Delft's Materials for Additive Manufacturing lab, researchers can now explore new materials and process them into products and components for extreme conditions. This unique lab was opened on 30 November 2024 at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

The MAM lab enables the design and production of materials with higher strength and greater energy efficiency, as well as creating complex shapes, reducing the amount of material where needed or even using natural or more sustainable resources. It is a collaboration between the faculties of Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Aerospace Engineering (AE).

Reactor Institute - TU Delft

The Reactor Institute Delft (RID) together with the department Radiation, Science & Technology (RST) has been the Dutch knowledge center for radiation-related research and education for over 50 years. With our knowledge and expertise we play an important role in fundamental and applied scientific research.

The research is in various fields, such as sustainable energy, materials and health, both nationally and internationally. You can for instance think of research in the field of solar cells and batteries and medical isotopes for diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

A short overview of the possibilities of research with use of the reactor or other related instruments: Research Instruments RID.

The Mechanical Testing Laboratory - University of Twente

The Mechanical Testing Laboratory focuses on the mechanical behavior of constructions and the associated material behavior. Also involved is research on material structure, the basis of mechanical behavior, looking from nanometers up to meters. The participating research groups are working with divers materials, like rubber, plastics, metal, composite and biological materials. The experiments and equipment used for measurements for this research are joined in the Mechanical Testing Laboratory and are listed on this site.

The experiments are listed both from A-Z and by research group (Biomechanical Engineering, Elastomer Technology and Engineering, Nonlinear Solid Mechanics, Production Technology, Structural Dynamics and Acoustics, Tribology). Ton van den Boogaard coordinates the Mechanical Testing Laboratory.

MESA+ Nanolab - University of Twente

MESA+ has a 1250 m2 state-of-the-art NanoLab which consists of three closely intertwined units: the cleanroom, analysis facilities and the BioNanoLab. Research on the nanometre scale needs a laboratory with extreme specifications, whereas the NanoLab is constructed to meet such high standards.  Any influencing effects from the environment, such as vibration and electromagnetic disturbances, are virtually non-existent. The environmental conditions inside the building, such as temperature, humidity and the influence of light are extremely stable.

MESA+ is part of NanoLabNL, a Dutch national facility for nanotechnology research.

Information on the availability of these research facilities can be obtained from the NanoLab website.


TU Delft Infrastructure Database

On the old infrastructure website of TU Delft, initiated by Delft Centre for Materials, you can find information about all research instruments that were available at TU Delft in 2007.

The instruments can be browsed from A-Z, by application, and by location (e.g. Applied Physics, Faculty 3mE, Aerospace Engineering (Aerospace Stuctures and Materials Laboratory), Chemical Engineering, Faculty of EWI, etc.).

This is an obsolete website; an up-to-date overview can be found on the new website:

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