The Mechanical Test Lab has facilities for quasistaticload testing, cyclic fatigue testing, and a drop tower for impact testing. Also available are a variety of extensometers, load cells, and grips.
Vishay System 5000
The ME Department has two cart-mounted, PC based systems with signal conditioning and data acquisition for:
- Strain gauges
- +/-10Vdc analog inputs
Each System 5000 chassis accepts 4 x 5-channel input cards for a total of 20 channels per chassis. Windows based software (Strain Smart) allows for easy, wizard-driven setup of test projects. Data can be exported in .xls format.
Instron test frames
E-mail Bill Kuykendall at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment on the Instron load frame, in MEB Room 127. Check availability to see when the equipment is booked. Scheduled classes have priority on this equipment, which means that there are limited appointments available on weekday afternoons during autumn and winter quarters.
If you need assistance with fixtures or other aspects of your setup, please contact the lab engineers at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment. When deciding how much time your tests will take, please allow for adequate time to install and remove your fixtures.
Instron 5585H 250 kN electro-mechanical test frame
For quasi-static load testing in Tension and Compression. Block programmable for low-frequency (< 1 Hz) cyclic testing.
- Two load cells available: 250 kN and 2.5 kN
- A variety of fixtures are available- talk to the lab engineers about appropriate fixtures for your project
Instron 8511 20 kN servo-hydraulic test frame
For cyclic-fatigue or quasi-static load testing in Tension and Compression
Instron Dynatup 9250HV impact tester
Drop-Tower for impact testing. Environmental chamber option allows testing from -40°F to +350°F.