MERL is changing to Element Hitchin
Following the acquisition of Materials Engineering Research Laboratory Limited (MERL)
by Element Materials Technology in August 2012, we are pleased to announce that with effect from April 1, 2013 the
MERL business will transfer to a new entity, Element Materials Technology Hitchin Limited (“Element Hitchin”).
As part of Element, all the resources and knowledge of MERL, the test facilities and staff
will continue to provide the same services as before. However, in addition to the support of Element Hitchin, the
full scope of Element's network of testing laboratories and experts are also available to our clients.
Element is a global network of
laboratories with experts specialising in materials testing,
product qualification testing and failure analysis for the Aerospace & Defence,
Oil & Gas, Power Generation, and Transportation sectors. The
team of 1100 scientists, engineers and technicians work in laboratories
located throughout the U.S. and Europe. For complete Accreditations & Approvals
and more information please visit www.Element.com.
(MERL) have, over 25 years of trading, developed world-class
expertise in elastomers, thermoplastics, composites and structural
adhesives in diverse applications and industries (oil and gas,
chemical processing, automotive, rail, renewable energy, marine,
aerospace, medical, and more). Projects range from the reliability
of materials in offshore oil and gas exploration, to the performance
of a new polymer material for heart valves and the use of composite
materials in military aircraft structures. The growth in the
expertise of the people has been supported by the continued growth
and expansion of testing and analytical capability in the various
is based in Hitchin (north of London, UK) and has an international
client base with typically 70% of business coming from outside of
UK from regions including North and South America, Europe, India,
Middle East, Australia and China. A major part of the business is
in managing single client projects on behalf of a loyal and expanding
client base. Numerous consortium projects have also been performed
that have generated invaluable data, methodologies, facilities and
knowledge enabling us to develop world-class facilities and expertise
that is available to clients across the world.
all aspects of polymer engineering including product development
and testing, independent consultancy, mechanical testing, chemical
and environmental exposure testing, advanced finite element analysis,
inspections and audits, test equipment and instrumentation design.
served by Element Hitchin/MERL include oil & gas, medical, aerospace, automotive,
marine, rail, renewable energy, and civil engineering.
covers elastomers (general engineering grades and specialised
formulation), composites (carbon, glass and natural fibre reinforced),
adhesives and thermoplastics.
Element Hitchin/MERL are involved in a range of current UK Government
and EC funded projects - click below for some of the latest.
Quality Control for Composites for the Next Generation
ICT Approach to Automate Non-destructive Testing and Inspections
with Evaluation of Damage Tolerance in Composite Structures
Ceramics Composites – An Initial Training Network
of Excellence for the Design of Efficient and Safe Aircraft
Fuselage Section Wafer Design Approach for Safety Increasing
in Worst Case Situations and Joints Minimizing
Systems and Propulsion for Small Aircraft
WOCS: Laser Transmission Welding
of Thermoplastic Composite Structures
news & events
Confidence in Composites, Materials World magazine,
Dr Rod Martin and Dr Morris Roseman from Element Hitchin/MERL outline
the essential functions being performed by composites in the oil and gas industry. Click
here to see the full article
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of Negative Pressure
Wound Therapy (NPWT)
Within the wound care
arena the understanding of the effects of Negative Pressure
Wound Therapy (NPWT) upon tissue and the processes of
healing are still being developed. Optimization of the
level of strain applied to the tissue to affect the healing
process, without causing undue stress on the tissue and
pain to the patient, remains a key clinical objective.
Element Hitchin/MERL have been working with ConvaTec (www.convatec.com) to
provide additional understanding of the tissue strain forces
applied by different NPWT tissue interface materials using 3-dimensional
finite element analysis (FEA) models. The FEA models were used
to assess the predicted levels of 3-dimensional strain applied
to tissue by the dressing materials under different levels of
applied negative pressure.
here to see the poster presented at
the 2011 Symposium on Advanced Wound Care and Wound Healing
Society meeting, April 14-17th 2011, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Challenge” celebrates technical success and an inspirational
A consortium of 22 companies from across British industry
and led by GKN Aerospace, i-Composites, has concluded a unique
one year challenge set by the Technology Strategy Board on behalf
of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Called ‘The
Composites Grand Challenge’, the programme required the companies
to collaborate to progress innovations in vital composite manufacturing
here for the full project press release.
Within the consortium Element Hitchin/MERL
led a project that aimed to develop and validate a methodology
predicting the effect of delamination type manufacturing defects
on the performance of composite material structures. Click
here for further details.
The Ageing of Composites
Dr. Rod Martin from Element Hitchin/MERL has edited a book entitled "The
of Composites" which
was published by Woodhead Publishing Ltd in 2008. The book is a compilation of
chapters from an international team of distinguished authors and is in three
sections. The first section covers the fundamental aspects of characterising
and modelling the physical and chemical ageing of composite materials. The second
section addresses the ageing of composites in transport applications including
rail, aerospace and marine. The third section addresses the ageing of composites
in non-aerospace applications including the petrochemical industry and underwater
applications. The book is available for purchase at www.woodheadpublishing.com.