Main Test Hall
The FASTBLADE main test hall has been designed to accommodate all required testing equipment including hydraulics, instrumentation, and access equipment. There is adequate space for articulated lorries to enter the facility through the 9m high x 12m wide bay doors for safe off loading of specimens using a pair of overhead travelling cranes which can be synchronised to aid lifting operations. In addition there is setup and specimen storage space available to allow safe installation of instrumentation prior to installation on the reaction frame.
FASTBLADE has been designed to provide a space for both clients and staff to work on site while being safely distanced from the structural testing within the main test hall. There are offices for FASTBLADE staff, a control room, a meeting room, a multi-use teaching / research space with capacity for up to 20 people as well as both mechanical and electrical workshops.
The FASTBLADE mechanical workshop is available for development of specimen connection systems, servicing of hydraulic systems and as a space where mechanical components can be developed for research projects.
The FASTBLADE electrical workshop is available primarily for instrumentation setup and development before deployment on specimens. A suite of electronic systems are available such as signal generators, oscilloscopes, data acquisition and other control systems for testing control algorithms and verification and calibration of instrumentation.
Babcock site is well prepared for the delivery of large items. While access for artic lorries transporting large structures to the Edinburgh City area and Kings Buildings site is possible it is not ideal.