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In the world of scientific research, precision and innovation often go hand in hand. When The University of Southampton approached us with a unique challenge, the task at hand was to create an annular test chamber capable of housing a series of different sensors in precise positions, with the caveat that they should be flush with the inner chamber’s surface. This project pushed us to think outside the box and resulted in the creation of a cutting edge annular test chamber that met and exceeded the university’s expectations.


A Clear Vision

Our journey began with the university’s request for an annular test chamber designed to hold various sensors flush against the inner chamber surface. To achieve this, we turned to clear acrylic, a versatile material known for its transparency and strength. We decided to create a series of three-dimensional clear acrylic manifolds that would be bonded to the test cylinder, creating the perfect surface for the sensors.

The clear acrylic not only allowed for precision in sensor placement but also provided a window into the inner workings of the chamber, making it possible to monitor experiments in real time. This innovation meant that researchers could observe and adjust the sensors as needed without disturbing the test environment.

Sealing the Deal

The challenge didn’t stop at sensor placement. To ensure the reliability and longevity of the annular test chamber, we needed to address the issue of waterproofing. We designed separate waterproof electrical mountings for each sensor to guarantee their functionality even in the presence of liquids.

Additionally, we took it a step further by designing a waterproof housing for a stepper motor with an insulated and isolated drive shaft. This motor was intended to power an internal paddle wheel, strategically placed to move test liquids past the sensors in a controlled manner. The waterproof housing ensured that the critical internal components of the chamber remained protected from potential liquid damage.


Safety First

Safety is always a top priority in any research setting. To create a secure environment for the annular test chamber, we produced a clear acrylic safety bund that surrounded the entire structure. This safety bund not only provided an additional layer of protection but also added to the aesthetics of the chamber, allowing researchers to observe their experiments without compromising safety.

The combination of clear acrylic, precise sensor placement, waterproofing, and safety measures resulted in an innovative and functional annular test chamber that met and exceeded The University of Southampton’s requirements. This project showcases the power of creative design and engineering in the world of scientific research.

At Hampshire Plastics, we have a wealth of experience in collaborating with scientific and university research projects to develop precision plastic-based projects. If you have a unique research challenge that requires innovative solutions and a team that understands the intricacies of working in the scientific field, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re committed to turning your ideas into reality and contributing to the advancement of knowledge and innovation. Contact us today to explore the possibilities!

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