The Biomechanics Laboratory, housed in Armstrong Hall, features state-of-the-art material testing systems (MTS 858, MTS 810) for biomechanical testing of tissues, implants, prosthetics, and biologically inspired materials.
The MTS 810, designed for static and dynamic tension-compression testing, is available for traditional wear testing, material classification, and bone fracture characterization, including crack propagation. The MTS 858 Mini Bionix II test system, having the additional torsional capability, is ideal for characterization of multi-axial material properties, fatigue testing, and replication of biological forces and displacements.
In addition, multiple extensometers are available for precise measurements of material deformation directly from the specimen, and multiple range load cells are on hand for optimal system configuration to meet desired testing/measurement needs. An available environmental chamber provides the capability to bathe or spray test specimens, in a variety of solutions, and heat to body temperature to simulate the material service environment.