Fire and Impact Laboratory for Resilient Infrastructure Materials

Fire and Impact Laboratory for Resilient Infrastructure Materials

Located at the University of Manchester, the Fire and Impact Laboratory for Resilient Infrastructure Materials consists of two facilities to enable investigations of the mechanical properties of materials exposed to extreme loading conditions caused by fire, impact and blast.

The high temperature multi-axial loading facility (HTMDF) is unique in the UK, able to apply multi-axial forces and operate at temperatures up to 1000°C, whilst the high temperature, high strain-rate and high pressure testing facility (H3TF) can investigate material performance under combined fire, impact and explosion loads for realistic infrastructure materials. These materials include concrete, steel and composites.  

Researchers using this facility will develop their understanding of the safety and resilience of structural materials, particularly in extreme situations, contributing to new and improved methods of assessment, design and construction, including modelling and numerical predictions on how materials can perform over their lifetime. 

The buildings that will house the two facilities are currently undergoing refurbishment and the estimated completion date is Spring 2020. 


Who can use the facility Functions/facilities available

Industry (Infrastructure owners, product manufacturers, testing and proof of concept)

All equipment

Other universities and researchers (including fellowships and secondments) All equipment, study space
PhD studentships All equipment, study space

Facility Highlights

  • £3 million investment
  • Mechanical properties (stress-strain relationships, failure surfaces) of full-scale materials under multi-axial loading at high temperatures
  • Mechanical properties of full-scale materials under combined high strain-rate and high temperature, and a wide range of stress states (e.g. uniaxial tension, uniaxial compression, plane stress, confined pressure)


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