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The University of Southampton
Monitoring of Engineered and Natural Systems Using Sensors


Members and associates of MENSUS benefit from use of an array of state-of-the-art research facilities, allowing research across traditional disciplinary boundaries, at the cutting edge of the field. 

Clean rooms

The University of Southampton is home to state-of-the-art clean room facilities which form part of the Zepler Institute. Our Cleanroom Complex is home to the best set of nanoelectronics and photonics fabrication capabilities in the UK. We offer a unique mix of expertise in established and cutting-edge technologies, combined with a wide range of equipment for micro and nanofabrication and electronic and optical characterisation across a range of facilities.

High voltage laboratory

The Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory (TDHVL) is an active centre for research into dielectric materials and insulation systems, as well as high voltage and related phenomena.We are also a commercial testing house and consultancy service. We have state-of-the-art facilities, supported by a specialist engineering team who are all actively involved in internationally leading research.

μ-Vis: X-ray computed tomography

The μ-VIS Centre incorporates five advanced X-ray computed tomography (CT) systems, with the flagship scanner based in engineering representing one of the largest and highest energy CT systems in the UK at present. It is used to produce high resolution 3D images of the internal structure of objects. Materials that have been scanned by μ-VIS range from aircraft wings to fossils.

Testing and structures research laboratory (TSRL)

The Testing and Structures Research Laboratory (TSRL) addresses microstructure-property relationships, material-structure synthesis, design production coupling and fluid-structure interactions.

R.J. Mitchell Wind Tunnel

The R.J. Mitchell Wind Tunnel is the largest of the University's three wind tunnels. It is an extensively equipped low-speed wind tunnel with a 3.6m x 2.5m working section, with moving ground and a maximum wind speed of 40m/s. It is ideally suited for vehicle aerodynamic work and performance sport testing. 

Boldrewood Innovation Campus

The Boldrewood Innovation Campus combines the world-class expertise of the University of Southampton and Lloyd’s Register, and at a cost of £140m, represents the UK’s largest University-business partnership. It is home to Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute and Lloyd’s Register’s Global Technology Centre, as well as a variety of research facilities. 

Human factors research unit

The human factors research unit houses a unique range of human-rated test facilities for experimental studies of human responses to whole-body vibration, hand-transmitted vibration, and low frequency oscillation.

Thick film unit

The thick film unit is part of of the Electro-Mechanical Research Group (EMRG), with research interests covering the application of transducers, measurement systems and control systems to a broad range of activities.

Geotechnics laboratory

The geotechnical laboratories are equipped for both standard and advanced soil element testing.

National Centre for Advanced Tribology

The National Centre for Advanced Tribology (nCATS) is a multidisciplinary tribology centre. We aspire to research and solve next-generation tribological design issues and enable surface interactions to occur with minimal energy loss and impact on the environment. We link world-class research groups in key disciplines at the University of Southampton to develop enhanced capabilities in advanced computational and experimental tribology. We have also established strategic research partnerships with top groups worldwide.

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