EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors, today announced that it has finalized an agreement with Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) to establish an Aerospace Structural Strength Testing Demo Site at SJTU in Shanghai. Under this collaboration, SJTU's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics will use MTS' advanced structural testing technologies for aerospace structural strength testing and various other R&D activities. SJTU is a public research university renowned as one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China.
Dr. Wang Hai, the Associate Dean and the Professor of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at SJTU, expressed his confidence in the collaboration: "We firmly believe that the establishment of this demonstration center will take Shanghai Jiaotong University's research capabilities to new heights. It will also allow more industry experts, academics, and colleagues access to MTS' high-quality products."
The current facility at SJTU's School of Aeronautics features numerous MTS technologies including multiple Landmark testing systems, an 896 channel FlexDAC Data Acquisition System, a FlexTest 200 digital controller, and 1000kN servohydraulic load frame, as well as a 1000kN MTS Criterion Static Hydraulic Test System. Through the application of these systems, the University plans to continue to uphold its reputation as a research leader in the Chinese aerospace industry.
The advanced lab will also serve as a site for the education, training, and exhibition of MTS testing technologies to MTS employees, customers, university staff and students. MTS and SJTU intend to jointly develop annual training curriculum in the use of MTS equipment. Furthermore, the Demo Site will enable important international and domestic initiatives, including technical projects, joint papers, research, and development, to improve testing technology and methods, as well as providing suggestions for MTS systems' enhancements.
In 2009, MTS established a joint lab with SJTU's Ship Institute for material fracture and fatigue testing. The joint lab has successfully organized several training programs for customers and MTS employees, and has received positive feedback from those who received the training. "We believe that with the establishment of the Aero Structural Strength Testing Demo Site, we will provide even better service to our customers," said Dr. Hai.
Referencing the 30 plus years of collaboration between these two organizations, MTS President and CEO Dr. Jeffrey Graves commented that, "We look forward to building on our long-standing relationship with Shanghai Jiaotong University. Together, we will to continue to pioneer new aerospace technology and meet our customers' challenges, in China and around the world."
About MTS Systems Corporation
MTS Systems Corporation is a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors. The Company's testing hardware and software solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development, and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products, and structures. MTS' high-performance position sensors provide controls for a variety of industrial and vehicular applications. MTS had 2,147 employees and revenue of $542 million for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2012. Additional information on MTS can be found on the worldwide web at http://www.mts.com.
About Shanghai Jiaotong University
Shanghai Jiaotong University is a public comprehensive university located in Shanghai, China. It is renowned as one of the oldest and most prestigious and selective universities in China. It is a member of the C9 League and Yangtze Delta Universities Alliance in China. Today SJTU has 31 schools (departments), 63 undergraduate programs, 250 masters-degree programs, 203 Ph.D. programs, 28 post-doctorate programs, and 11 state key laboratories and national engineering research centers. More than 200 of the academics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering are alumni of Jiaotong University. Additional information on Shanghai Jiaotong University can be found at http://en.sjtu.edu.cn/.
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