Validation of finite element analyses and implementation of new materials
CERN features a mechanical measurement laboratory (EN-MME), where among others, ZwickRoell testing machines are used to validate Finite Element Analyses (FEA) through mechanical measurements, and to conduct safety inspections. With the ZwickRoell AllroundLine Z100 TEW universal testing machine, mechanical tests of materials under quasi-static conditions are carried out daily.
In commissioning campaigns for ceramics, composites, and metal alloys, the EN-MME lab per-forms tensile, compression and flexure tests in ambient and high-temperature conditions up to 1,200°C. A laserXtens 2-120 HP/TZ, which is ideal for high temperatures, is used for strain, compression and flexure tests.