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Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation (TEMA)
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, PO: 3810-193, Aveiro (Portugal)
Campo Universitário de Santiago, Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica, Aveiro, PO: 3810-193 (Portugal)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Being upgraded since 2017
Scientific Description
TEMA Research Infrastructure, created in 1996, has a multidimensional character within Mechanical Engineering embracing three strategic vectors:- Fundamental and applied research;- Innovation and technological development;- Consulting, training and services.TEMA’s mission is to achieve scientific and technological excellence on mechanical engineering, translating these competencies to Society. TEMA provides in a single and concentrated facility an approach to the needs for development of new and innovative products and processes, namely:- Computational tools tailored to industrial requirements;- The study and development of new materials and engineering systems;- Support to innovative engineering products, including biomechanical devices;- Collaboration towards innovative and/or improved manufacturing technologies;- The design of equipment and prototypes;- Nanoengineering applications.TEMA is able to offer services ( of/in several laboratories and/or equipment/intervention areas - is included in the Portuguese Roadmap of Research Infrastructures of Strategic Relevance - belongs to the European map of institutions considered as relevant within the Key Enabling Technologies -

RI Keywords
Mechanical testing, CVD, Mechanical properties, biomechanics, Welding, Thermomechanical testing, Auger electron photoelectron spectroscopy (AES), Fluid Mechanics, X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Micro- and nanostructuring, Fatigue Tests, Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies
RI Category
Mechanical Engineering Facilities
Scientific Domain
Engineering and Energy
ESFRI Domain
Physical Sciences and Engineering
Access to Nanotechnology Laboratory

Access to the Nanotechnology laboratory allows the use of the following equipment / resources: Struers TegraPol - 21 Struers TegraForce - 5 TegraDoser - 5 Struers Secotom-10 Shimadzu Micro-Material Testing Machine MMT-101N Electrospinning Mecc Nanon- A01 PowderPro Freeze Granulator Freeze-dryer Lyophilization Fuel Cell Characterization Fuel Cell Testing Sievert hydrogen Storage Laurell Automated Spin Coater Quantachrome Porometer 3Gzh Tip Sonicator Vibracell 75041

Access to Mechanical testing laboratory

Access to the mechanical testing laboratory allows the use of the following equipment / resources: Universal testing machine Shimadzu UH-FX 1000kN Universal testing machine Shimadzu AGS-X 100kN Universal testing machine Shimadzu AG 50kN Universal testing machine Shimadzu AGS-X 10kN Micro-material testing machine Shimadzu MMT 101 N Fatigue testing machine 5kN Impact testing machine 10kN Biaxial testing machine 10kN Biaxial testing machine 100kN Asymmetric Laminator GOM ARAMIS 3D 5M Measurement device GOM ARGUS 12M Bulge testing machine

Access to Biomechanics Laboratory

Access to the Nanotechnology laboratory allows the use of the following equipment / resources: Fatigue, Traction and Compression Equipment Multiaxial Dynamique Fatigue Testing Hip Joint and Wear Simulation Muscular Simulation Equipment Multidirectional Electro-Mechanical Test Equipment

Analysis XPS, UPS and AES.

TEMA - Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation make available to scientific and industrial community a system for chemical characterization of surfaces by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), complemented by Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS) and Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES).

Access to the Materials Characterization Laboratory

Access to the mechanical testing laboratory allows the use of the following equipment / resources: Nano-indentation and microscratch tester CSM-MST AFM Imaging and Local Physical Characterization Shimadzu Micro-Material Testing Machine MMT-101N

Autolab Fuel Cell Testing Equipment

Fuel cell / Electrolyser biogas / Synfuel test station. Produces Hydrogen from different fuels.

Multi-technique XPS/UPS and AES

For advanced applications in surface analysis and surface nano analysis of ultrahigh vacuum based techniques.

Thermo Scientific HAAKE MiniJet II

Main applications: Sample preparation for rheometry, optical testing and mechanical testing; Preparation of special specimen for pharmaceutical testing. Main Features: Small sample volume; Quick & easy to use; Interchangeable molds;

Electrospinning Mecc Nanon- A01

Electrospinning system for the fabrication of nanofibers of number of polymers and polymer/ceramic composite by the application of strong electric field on polymer solution or melt.

Universal testing machine Shimadzu UH-FX 1000kN

Used to test (tensile, compression, bending and others) strong samples or big structures. Machine with video extensometer TRViewX240S;

Nano-indentation and Microscratch tester CSM-MST

The Micro Scratch Tester is widely used to characterize adhesion failure of thin films and coatings, with a typical thickness below 5 μm. The MST is also used in the analysis of organic and inorganic; soft and hard coatings. Applications include thin and multilayer PVD, CVD, PECVD, photoresist, paints, lacquers, and many other types of films. Industries and research areas served include optical coatings, micro-electronics, protective, decorative surface coatings. Substrates may be hard or soft;

Veeco NanoScope IV SPM Controller

Able to perform a wide range of surface imaging techniques reveling nanoscale and atomic structures. The Nanoman AFM can also manipulate as well as create nanoscale structures through nanoindention and nanoscale lithographic techniques.

Portable Olympus Omniscan SX phased array

Ultrasonic NDT flaw detector for: Weld Inspection; Corrosion Mapping and Composite Inspection; TOFD Weld Inspection; Component Inspection;

Access Type
Mail-in, Physical
Access Mode
Number of Users
Number Year
190 2017
Users Definition
User Demographics
National Users - 95.0% in 2017
Extra-European Users - 1.0% in 2017
European Users - 4.0% in 2017
Type of Users
Academic - 60.0%
Industry/private companies - 30.0%
Public research organisations - 10.0%
Date of last update: 28/02/2019
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