ASTM High-Speed Air Cannon for baseball and softball bat testing
Current air cannon testing system meeting the ASTM standard test method for high speed baseball/softball performance testing.
Meets: ASTM F2219
Automated Durability Testing with High-Speed Air Cannon
New automated air cannon bat durability system with the capability of firing baseballs 50-200 miles per hour every 5 seconds.
Dynamic Stiffness Testing
High-speed air cannon with state-of-the-art speed gates and load cells for measuring the dynamic stiffness and high-speed Cylindrical Coefficient of Restitution (CCOR) of baseballs.
COR (Coefficient of Restitution) for baseballs
Pitching machine in combination with ballistic speed gates to measure the "liveliness" of a baseball.
Meets: ASTM F1887
Testing Moment of Inertia of bats
Pendulum setup for measuring bat moment of inertia
Meets: ASTM F2398
Modal (vibration) testing of the bats is performed using various acquisition systems available to the lab. Testing capabilities include Bending Frequencies, Hoop Frequencies, and Bending Nodes.
The Redlake HG100K High-Speed Camera is capable of recording 100,000 FPS. This system can be used with any of the high-speed testing, but is commonly used with the Durability Testing System with recording speeds of 3000 FPS and 944(T) x 512(w) resolution.
Barrel Compression Testing
The Barrel Compression fixture is capable of measuring the barrel compression of baseball bats (adult and youth) and softball bats.
Ball dissections and testing of individual material contents
Ability to measure weights and circumferences of each layer of the ball as it is unwound. Test includes wool content and pill measurements.
The Baseball Research Center also has access to an array of other testing and research capabilities through the other research laboratories in the Mechanical Engineering Department and throughout the Francis College of Engineering.