Physical simulation of manufacturing processes

20 Apr 2012 - 10:00

GleebleThobile Khawula, a master's student and Dr Sarah George, senior researcher with the Gleeble 3800

A state-of-the art Gleeble 3800 has been installed in the Centre for Materials Engineering thanks to a NRF special equipment award. The Gleeble 3800, worth R10 million is a fully integrated digital closed-loop control thermal and mechanical testing system which is able to very closely simulate actual industrial metal processes including hot rolling, forging and extrusion.

The equipment will place the Centre at the forefront of research into the behaviour of materials during manufacture, allowing researchers to investigate novel materials processing and the processing of novel materials. The direct resistance heating system of the Gleeble 3800 can heat specimens at rates up to 10 000