CRG conducts research and development in a wide variety of laboratory spaces that include several composites labs, chemistry labs, a syntactic processing lab, several characterization areas, an electronics and systems engineering lab, and a manufacturing technology lab. In addition, a 168-sq. ft., Class 10,000 clean room provides a dust-free environment for processing and assembling optical and other sensitive components as well as conducting nanotechnology research.
The large chemical processing areas consist of lab benches equipped with vacuum stations, isotherm ovens, UV curing systems, and chemistry supplies supporting research and development of advanced materials and processes and polymer synthesis. The labs also features an extensive suite of characterization equipment.
Electronics & Systems Engineering Lab
The systems engineering lab supports systems development and prototype design. An integrated electronics work area has the basic tools necessary for the design and development of custom electronics for devices, processing systems, and special characterization needs.
Manufacturing Technology Lab
Designed for developing production techniques that exploit CRG's new advanced materials and processes, the manufacturing technology area provides custom and industrial fabrication equipment, including an automated filament winder, a large autoclave, a low-shear mixer, welding equipment, a rotomolding machine, a fiber braider, and a composite lay-up area.
The composite development areas provide equipment and supplies for fabricating composite components using a broad array of standard and specialty reinforcements, resins, and processes. CRG also creates specialized molds for both hand layup and vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding. The labs include a wide range of ovens and other curing areas.
In support of advanced systems and technology areas, including liquid crystal research, the optics lab provides state-of-the-art equipment such as a white-light surface mapping microscope, an interferometer, a fiberoptic VIS/NIR spectrometer, an ultraviolet/visible spectrometer, and a dilatometer.
Syntactic Processing Lab
Designed for optimum control and processing of material components and mixing and processing syntactic to exacting standards, the syntactic lab is equipped to handle small to large runs of syntactic products. The lab is used to refine mixing and processing methods to produce low voids and homogenous output, regardless of target density.