In order to deliver the innovation necessary to stay ahead of the challenges, Phoenix dedicates significant time and resources to Research and Development.
The culture at Phoenix is driven by knowledge transfer between different industrial and academic sectors, this ensures that we can support and deliver the best Materials Testing Technology in the world.
We work collaboratively with key partners through KTP programmes (Wolverhampton University, Sheffield University) and Innovate UK projects (Impression Technologies, Imperial College London, Innoval) to develop and share the very best and latest expertise and knowledge, as well as ongoing projects with our key customers.
The focus on High Temperature Testing was highlighted in November 2016 when we hosted a joint conference at the AMRC in Rotherham with the High Temperature Mechanical Testing Committee.
This event focussed on the challenges around the control and measurement of temperature and strain in these conditions.
Phoenix specialises in instrumentation and control. Working with suppliers of the latest accessories for temperature and strain measurement, we develop systems to take input from these external accessories and software to analyse the data and output back into the Alpha digital control system for true and reliable closed loop control of temperature and strain.
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Phoenix worked with Impression Technologies through an Innovate UK grant to design and implement a custom testing facility, used to study the high temperature response of aluminium when subjected to complex temperature strain histories.
The Phoenix test lab was used to generate some baseline data, enabling the development and prove-out of the testing equipment and methods.
Phoenix then supplied the test frame, equipped with a bespoke heating/cooling and measuring system, which allowed Impression Technologies to progress with their development work with ongoing support from Phoenix.
The work has contributed to the development of aluminium panel pressing technology for the automotive industry based on ITL’s patented HFQ® process.
Whilst it is possible to achieve temperatures above 1150°C using induction heating, ensuring that the temperature measurement and gradient are correct (either uniform or a specified gradient) and using instrumentation for strain and fracture mechanics measurements are challenging and not well established.
Phoenix is undertaking a 36 month KTP project with Sheffield University to investigate and develop test techniques to control and measure at up to 1600°C, including multi zone heating, control and measurement.
Testing has been carried out on samples supplied by Birmingham University.
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