Professor Sarah Hainsworth, pictured above, lead academic and director of ASDEC
, said: "Our engineering expertise is key to solving problems and developing new designs for industry across a broad range of sectors and our professional team brings a wealth of industry and academic expertise to provide analysis capability with unprecedented measurement speed, reliability and resolution.
Given its location, it is no surprise that ASDEC is closely involved in the automotive industry, assisting with the full range of noise and vibration issues.
Facility: established engineering designers and businesses in the UK with in-house skills in laser vibrometry can utilise the ASDEC facility.
Data: Experts from ASDEC support businesses to comprehend the information that is required to solve an issue and identify the test program to attain it.
Analysis: to detect the main source of problems and distinguish the possible technical solutions, ASDEC carries out modal analysis on the deflection data obtained during testing, providing recommended actions to improve the product.
An artefact of virtually any shape and size can be tested at ASDEC, says Stubbs, although where certain height and width limitations are involved, this may require ASDEC to take its portable LDV system to the client's site instead.
In fact, these companies are potentially better placed for conducting simple measurements of limited detail, whereas ASDEC is based around providing advanced results through highly detailed measurements, analysis and correlation.
ASDEC supports companies in all these areas by providing highly accurate and detailed results in a significantly reduced timespan.
Our investment in ASDEC will enable companies to realise valuable time and cost savings by providing facilities - and expertise - that will allow them to conduct research and bring products to market much faster than previously possible.
ASDEC is the university's first off-campus industryfacing commercial facility, and will be available for use by mid 2014.