Research

DyMaLab is the UGent laboratory for dynamic materials research.

The research activities at DyMaLab focus on the impact-dynamic properties of materials and structures. A key expertise of the research group is the development of new test setups and dedicated experimental methodologies to quantify the the effect of strain rate on the mechanical behaviour of materials. This experimental research expertise is complemented by targeted research efforts on constitutive material modelling to simulate the dynamic response of materials and structures. DyMaLab is member of the Materials Science and Technology Group at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.

Fields of expertise

DyMaLab disposes of a variety of impact test facilities, equipped with state-of-the-art measurement devices. These setups enable  extensive characterisation of the strain rate behaviour of a broad range of materials, and a wide window of loading or deformation rates, temperatures and energy levels.

DyMaLab offers unique capabilities to obtain both static and dynamic properties from (very) small material samples using specialized equipment and Digital Image Correlation. The ability to characterize miniaturized samples allows deriving mechanical properties even when only limited volumes of material are available.

The quality of material characterization hinges on the applied measurement techniques.  DyMaLab has a proven track record in the field of optical, full-field deformation measurements. Both static and dynamic techniques are available to obtain high accuracy material data under different loading conditions.

DyMaLab is actively involved in constitutive material modelling to simulate the dynamic response of materials and structures. Based on experimental observations, material models are developed to describe the influence of strain rate and temperature on the elastoplastic response of engineering materials.