MENA's first Impact Lab in Abu Dhabi by Technology Innovation Institute

The global research center and applied research pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC, Technology Innovation Institute (TII), announced Sunday the launch of its Advanced Materials Research Centre’s (AMRC) Impact Lab. 

As such, the new project marks a first for the MENA region and offers an ideal testbed for trialing state-of-the-art materials and composites.   

The cutting-edge lab aligns with the AMRC’s vision to bring advanced materials to a level where they want to transition from lab to industry.   

Tests are performed under various impact-related environments, evaluating structures on their velocities, temperatures, and energy absorption rates. 

In addition, state-of-the-art equipment is being used to evaluate the behavior of the materials that develop breakthrough solutions. 

“Tests are done under several impact-related environments, including the state-of-the-art equipment to be used and evaluate the behaviors of the materials that help develop breakthrough solutions,” TII noted.   

TII, the applied research arm of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council, is an essential part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) efforts to diversify its economy from oil and develop a knowledge-based economy.   

The key outcomes the lab is working towards will help prevent space rovers from crashing and create bumpers, helmets, car batteries, and tires that can withstand explosions.   

In parallel, innovative lightweight structures are designed to absorb impact energy that can also be used in helmets for riding motorcycles, horseback riding, and sport.  

On his part, Dr. Ray O. Johnson, CEO, TII, said, “This opportunity is an extremely encouraging note on where to start the new year. Our confidence is high that our research centers will continue to achieve similar wins by having one breakthrough at a time.”   

We are committed, at the TII, to offer our researchers an environment to work on their collaborative research projects and fast-track innovations to the marketplace, he added.   

Dr. Mohamed AlTeneiji, Chief Researcher, Advanced Materials Research Centre, said, “We are proud to launch this lab, the outcome of months of planning and hard work, in order to ensure that it is capable of testing new technologies related to materials impact, and new manufacturing processes.”