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Rifi An Enterprise Consultancy Unit



Our technical expertise is focussed on materials and structures, specifically:

- Cryogenics (low temperature engineering)

- Experimental mechanics (materials and structural testing)

- Structural analysis using finite element analysis (FEA)

Our expertise is utlised to solve complex problems for the aerospace industry, for example, we perform experimental testing in a variety of environmental conditions and temperatures.  This includes, static and fatigue loading and impact and dynamic conditions.  State-of-the-art imaging techniques can be utilised to produce full-field data for stress / strain and damage assessment.

Experimental data can be used to support and validate FEA and FEA in turn can used to optimise test campaigns through parametric studies to provide cost efficient solutions.

RIfI are engaging with teams from the European Space Agency (ESA) to investigate material selection for liquid natural gas (LNG) as an aerospace fuel, provide fatigue characteristics of aerospace fuel, provide fatigue characteristics of aerospace components at -250 °C, and prove compatibility of insulation materials and composite structures in hydrogen environments. 

RIfI supports R&D and deploys expertise in thermodynamics, superconductivity and low temperature instrumentation to design cryogen and cryogen free cooling solutions for complex heat transfer and power management problems on-board satellites, rockets and light aircraft.

Experimental mechanics
Structural analysis

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