Welcome to the Mechanical Properties Research Laboratory (MPRL)

The MPRL is an interdisciplinary College of Engineering laboratory which supports education and research programs related to process-structure-property relations in structural materials. Its principal activities are directed towards the measurement and modeling of the mechanical properties of engineering materials, primarily related to deformation, fatigue and fracture.

The MPRL impacts directly on educational and research programs within the academic units of the Georgia Tech College of Engineering. In its role as an interdisciplinary umbrella organization for experimental research in mechanical properties of materials, the MPRL provides a degree of coordination of equipment usage, training and maintenance that would be much more costly to the sum of academic units in the conventional university setting of single investigator equipment.

The MPRL is administered by the Director with input from the Associate Director. The MPRL participating faculty have a supporting and advisory role to highlight successes of MPRL research, to make recommendations on current operations, and to suggest future facility improvements and new acquisitions. The External Advisory Panel of the Institute for Materials also serves as the External Advisory Panel of the MPRL.

Please note that the MPRL is a facility where experiments are primarily conducted by undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral researchers as a part of faculty-supervised research programs that usually last longer than 18 months. If you have an interest in (standard) contract testing, there are a variety of commercial testing laboratories that are well suited to provide timely, cost effective services. If you have need of a new (non-standard) testing strategy or are interested in developing a research relationship with Georgia Tech, please be sure to contact us to discuss your project.