Lehigh University Composites Lab has an excellent suit of equipment for design, analysis, optimization, manufacturing and testing of composite structures. There are a large number of workstations with computer aided design (CAD), finite element (FE), and structural optimization software. However, the heart of the lab is the manufacturing and experimentation equipment:

Composite Manufacturing

  • Very large 5-axis CNC router (located on Mountaintop Campus)
  • CNC abrasive waterjet cutter
  • Large precision leveled vacuum infusion table
  • Three smaller infusion tables
  • 12 vacuum pumps
  • Prepreg curing oven,
  • Hand lamination tables

As well as all necessary tools. There is also a complete "boat lab" for manufacturing of manned experimental boats.

Experimental Testing

  • Instron test frame
  • Large drop weight impactor for impacting ship hull bottom panels
  • Vibration identification system for measuring composite stiffnesses
  • Environmental chamber
  • Ultrasonic NDT equipment
  • Signal conditioners for strain gages etc
  • Large number of specialty fixtures for various structural tests

The lab is also equipped with most of the standard ASTM test fixtures for composites testing.

Larger Testing

  • Manned fully aerobatic single seat aircraft for flight research
  • Offshore two-seat catamaran raceboat for naval research
  • Large number of remote control boats

Larger tests, such as the static sagging and hogging tests of a 6 meter steel/composite hybrid ship hull (designed and built inhouse), or the fatigue test of a 16 ton hybrid beam, are often coordinated with Lehigh's ATLSS center. 

At present, a two-seat 9 meter high speed steel/composite hybrid boat is being built for slamming research

Composite Lab Slide

Rooms: Packard 165, 167 & 169

Faculty Contact: Joachim Grenestedt (jog5@lehigh.edu)

Staff Contact: Bill Maroun (wjm2@lehigh.edu)

Composites Laboratory