UK structural dynamics centre to open

Paul Boughton

On Tuesday 8 July the UK’s first commercial robotised 3D scanning laser vibration measurement and modal analysis centre will open. The launch will be held at the new Advanced Structural Dynamics Evaluation Centre (ASDEC) facility located at Mira Technology Park near Hinckley.

The centre has been developed by the University of Leicester and funded by grants from the government’s Regional Growth Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

Offering a full structural dynamics service covering vibration testing, modal analysis processing and CAE correlation, ASDEC is ideally placed to support the advanced testing and analysis requirements of customers across all industries. 

The project has been led by Professor Sarah Hainsworth from the University’s Department of Engineering and Anjuu Trevedi of the Enterprise and Business Development office. 

Professor Hainsworth said: “The project delivers a key research capability to industry to allow customers to use state-of-the-art technology to deliver innovative engineering solutions to problems of vibration and noise.” 

Anjuu Trevedi added: “ASDEC will enable UK companies, especially small and medium enterprises, to gain commercial advantage by reducing product design costs and thus time to market by accessing the latest testing facilities and our dedicated specialist team of engineers.”

The fully robotised 3D Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer allows for high-speed and high-density vibration measurements without any loss of accuracy or precision. The non-contact measurement technique removes all observer effects, increasing the accuracy of the measurement. The precise robot control and laser triangulation gives highly repeatable measurements ensuring the greatest precision. 

This increased accuracy and greater precision mean that ASDEC’s customers have higher confidence in delivered results compared to traditional measurement techniques.

Using industry-leading technologies from companies such as Polytec and LMS, plus staff with more than 40 combined years of direct structural dynamics testing and development experience, and all backed up by the academic experts at the University of Leicester, ASDEC has the capability to deliver the next level of structural dynamics expertise to its customers.

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