|The extensive range of contract research and consulting services include vibration and structural dynamics testing and analysis, electromagnetism research, as well as chemical, civil and metallurgical engineering services and many other competencies. The service offering provided by specialists in the various fields include the following: Vibration and structural dynamics testing and analysis, where experts use optical techniques to conduct vibration tests. These techniques offer significant advantages compared to traditional vibration measurement techniques in specialised applications. These measurements are non-contact and do not influence the dynamics of the structure under consideration. Electromagnetism research, which is performed in the compact antenna testing range. This facility provides radio-frequency and microwave free-field traceability to industry. It produces far-field conditions in a limited indoor space and enables users to characterise antennae that would normally need hundreds of metres in an equivalent outdoor range for proper measurements to be made. Consultation in the field of chemical engineering, which is provided in polymer product design, water utilisation and environmental engineering, process modelling and control, biotechnology and tribology.
The demand for these services is increasing given the growing awareness of the need to protect the environment against pollution and the development of biotechnology on an industrial scale. Building and concrete testing services, which are provided by specialists in the field of civil engineering. The testing laboratory conducts the full-scale testing of structural elements and systems. These tests can also be conducted in-situ on existing structures. The concrete materials research laboratory also assists industry with the development of novel applications for cement and concrete. Failure analyses of a metallurgical nature, which are provided by specialists in the field of metallurgical engineering. The service offers a comprehensive documented analysis with proof of the most likely root cause of an incident. Recommendations are made for corrective or further action. With such a diverse range of expertise at its disposal, BE at UP is able to assist clients in various fields to improve their products and services.
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