Materials Characterisation Laboratory (uOttawa MCL)

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Provides an extensive characterization service for microstructure and composition analysis as well as mechanical property characterization

Area(s) of Expertise

The uOttawa MCL provides an extensive characterization service for analyzing the composition, structure and performance of advanced materials and multi-materials systems, covering the complete scale range from nanometre up to component size. While our clients are welcome to attend at all times, our multidisciplinary team, from the mechanical engineering and chemical and biological engineering departments, performs all aspects of the characterization work, from sample selection and preparation, observation and analysis and results presentation. This efficient approach frees our clients from undertaking any training and enables them to dedicate their time where it matters — integrating the results into the development of new materials and products. Our flexible, itemized hodefaulty-based service allows our clients to proceed with characterization and analysis as required, at competitive and predictable costs.

Research Services

Digital tomography scanner, dynamic fatigue testing, energy-dispersive spectrometry and electron backscatter diffraction, hardness test (micro and macro), variable-pressure scanning electron microscope, optical microscope, digital microscope, corrosion chamber

Sectors of Application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Clean technology
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Transportation

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

uOttawa MCL

SkyScan micro-CT

 

Instron ElectroPuls™ E3000 electrodynamics instrument

 

Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS)

 

Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD)

 

Oxford Instruments INCA Synergy

 

Louis Small macrohardness tester

 

Struers Duramin-1 microhardness tester

 

Metallographic optical microscopy

 

Stereo microscope

 

Digital imaging

 

Corrosion chamber