Grand opening of the John Field Laboratory

Published: 23 August 2013

After a long period of preparation, it was finally time to inaugurate The John Field Laboratory, a laboratory for mechanics research in European top class. The project involves the Division of Fluid and Experimental Mechanics and the Division of Mechanics of Solid Materials at Luleå University of Technology.

The opening ceremony was attended by several LTU alumni who also participated in the Alumni day that is annually organized by the Division of Fluid Dynamics and Experimental Mechanics. Professor Mikael Sjödahl, Experimental Mechanics, made a brief speech about the work behind the laboratory and that it is named after LTU's honorary Professor John Field of the University of Cambridge.

Professors Staffan Lundström, Fluid Mechanics, Mikael Sjödahl, Experimental Mechanics and Mats Oldenburg, Solid Mechanics, then gave a tour of the laboratory.

The work at the laboratory will be advanced measurements of flow and deformation and several concepts to make measurements in the field. The area of measurement techniques to study mechanical phenomena is something that is evolving at a rapid pace and the modern equipment in The John Field Laboratory makes it possible to study phenomena that previously were not possible to measure.

- It may be a flow field in a river or deformation of a material. The John Field Laboratory can be seen as a tool to do better research in any area, explains Professor Staffan Lundström.