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Shimadzu and The University of Sheffield’s ‘The Diamond’ Join Forces

The Diamond Building University of Sheffield

In their quest to achieve ‘Excellence in Science’, Shimadzu and The University of Sheffield are working closely together, along with Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Lancaster and St. Andrews Universities, to actively promote this core scientific philosophy as part of a high profile Customer Advocates Campaign, supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

This venture has been embraced further this autumn by The University of Sheffield’s new, prestigious Diamond Facility, where they will be hosting two Shimadzu Sharing Best Practice Workshops focussed on developing participant’s know-how and confidence in the Tensile and Compression testing of materials.

The Diamond

Multidisciplinary Engineering Education (MEE) is a new teaching group, centred on the brand new 20,000m2, £87M Diamond building, which will open for teaching in September 2015. The main aim of The Diamond is to deliver top quality practical education to more than 2500 undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering. It will house a team of academic, administrative and technical staff whose job it will be to deliver the teaching in the building. There are 17 laboratory spaces which are shared across the Faculty so teaching will cut across subject boundaries within each laboratory.

Shimadzu Sharing Best Practice Workshops – theory and hands on (free of charge/limited places available)

This workshop focusses on the tensile and compression testing of materials.

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain how and why tensile tests are performed
  • Understand the types of specimens that can be tested – shapes and different types of materials
  • Understand the importance of International Test Standards
  • Be able to set up a tensile and compression method for an International Test Standard
  • Analyse tensile and compression test data to determine elastic modulus, yield strength, tensile strength, and elongation from a stress-strain curve.

The course will be valuable for…

  • Any engineers involved in materials testing - design, manufacturing, quality and test engineers
  • Academic staff, technical staff and research students
  • Sales people and purchasing agents with technical backgrounds involved in the purchase of testing equipment
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the best practices of tensile and compression testing

Dates: 11th or 18th November 2015 / Lunch, refreshments and full workshop notes are provided. For the full agenda, please see the event listing.

This event has been approved for Professional Development by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

To secure a free place(s) on the workshop it is strongly advised to e-mail your preferred date at the earliest opportunity to: Angela Hannah at or call 01908 55 22 03



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