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Rifi An Enterprise Consultancy Unit

Materials and Structures

Mechanical testing
Rifi have access to a wide range of testing facilities

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)


The application of high resolution imaging using both white light and infra-red techniques to assess the performance and characterise the behaviour of materials and structure. A unique capability has been developed in the application of infra-red imaging for stress and damage analysis.

Testing in extreme environments:

digital image correlation of joint
Imaging techniques allow more information to be obtained from a test
Instron drop tower
Our high speed facilities include a drop weight tower

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