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Helmerich Research Center

The 123,000-square-foot building can house up to 20 faculty and researchers and 100 graduate students. The research center contains specialized laboratories, a clean room, an imaging suite, advanced information technology equipment and faculty offices. In addition, two high-tech seminar rooms, one seating 125 people and another seating 40, are available for research conferences and special seminars. The spacious, central atrium provides a welcoming environment for researchers and visitors to interact.


HRC Atrium


  • Research and Development
  • Advanced Materials Testing and characterization
  • Composites Testing (Equivalency and Qualification)
  • Condition / Environment (DO-160)
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Corrosion Testing
  • Failure Analysis
  • Metallography




HRC research and testing laboratories are equipped with a wide range of specialized equipment to obtain physical and mechanical testing properties of composite, metallic and non-metallic materials and structures. Tests and research may be performed in accordance with industry specifications and standards, including ASTM, MIL-SPEC, ISO, FTMS, SACMA, ABS, DNV, DO-160 and others. Some of the important properties of composites that can be measured are:


HRC Researchers

  • Strength, hardness and modulus
  • Salt spray, humidity and accelerated aging and weathering
  • Heat distortion and softening point properties
  • Dynamic and static impact
  • Shear strength and modulus
  • Water absorption
  • Peel
  • Fiber/resin ratio
  • Fatigue and creep up to 1600°C
  • Chemical exposure properties
  • Drop weight impact
  • Microstructural characterization
  • Izod and Charpy impact