Case Studies

Forge Simulator - Strathclyde University

In 2012 Phoenix successfully bid to design and build the prestigious Forge Simulator for the AFRC Catapult centre linked to Strathclyde University.

The specification for performance was challenging in terms of both the mechanical build and electronic and software controls. The requirements included a frame with 500kN load capacity, displacement speeds of up to 5ms-1, ability to stop the test within 0.5mm of target height on samples 18mm tall, testing up to 1150°C.

Phoenix designed and built The Phoenix Forge Simulator, incorporating a unique mechanical design to give the desired force and speed performance without sacrificing control, purpose written control software to allow the system to follow the command profile at varying temperatures and material compliances, and a purpose built  environmental chamber and test fixtures.

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"Phoenix successfully fulfilled the demanding tender criteria to deliver a unique high performance forge simulator”

Dr. Paul L. Blackwell, C.Eng., C.Sci,
MIMMM,Director of Engineering,
Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC)
University of Strathclyde

High Temperature Corrosion Fatigue - Cranfield University

The technical requirements included a 100kN load capacity machine, fitted with an environmental chamber to allow the testing in a corrosive gas environment at up to 1000°C, strain measurement using an extensometer and access to video the fatigue sample during the test. This all had to fit in a concrete bunker with limited head room.

The end caps for this chamber were designed to allow the main gas atmosphere in the centre of the chamber, a secondary shield gas annulus, access for extensometry and sample mounting but be able to be sealed, and all to operate at high temperatures. Seals for the chamber were selected to be hard enough to withstand the temperatures, but soft enough to form a gas tight seal.

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"Phoenix worked with us to design and build a system, including a high temperature environmental chamber that meets all of our challenging and specific testing needs”

Dr Simon Gray
Research Fellow in Coating Technology
Cranfield University

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