The group manages three separate laboratories: the Materials Damping Laboratory, the Materials Characterisation Laboratory and the JONAS Laboratory. These are fully equipped with state-of-the-art dynamic and material testing, acoustic emission and ultrasonic wave equipment for conducting research and providing consultancy services to industrial customers
Structural Dynamics Laboratory for Verification and Validation (LVV)
The Structural Dynamics Laboratory for Verification and Validation (LVV) is a major new acoustics and vibration testing facility funded by the EPSRC and the University of Sheffield. The facility is due to open in 2017 and will provide a unique research offering to academia and industry. In addition to allowing dynamic testing of full-scale structures in ambient laboratory conditions, the LVV offers the opportunity to test substantial structures, sub-structures and components in realistic environments. The LVV will feature an environmental chamber with a total 90m2 footprint across three interconnected chambers, with the ability to control temperature, humidity and wind and to simulate rainfall. The chamber will incorporate a 3-axis integrated shake table in addition to single axis shakers to enable excitation of structures across a broad frequency range, with up to 128 channels of acceleration data acquisition. The environmental chamber will be housed within a substantial new laboratory space allowing ambient state testing of full-scale systems and structures. The primary aim of the facility is to give the UK a world-lead in verification and validation (V&V) research. It is intended that the research conducted within the facility will play an important role in allowing increased trust in validity of computational models, such that much of the design through to prototyping cycle for development of new structures may ultimately be transferred into a virtual, computational environment.
Our industrial partners include, or have included: BAE Systems, EDF, FIAT, HBM-nCode, Johnson Controls, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Rolls-Royce, and Volkswagen. Recently a number of collaborations have developed with the University's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).