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One single testing machine for 115 different test standards

News International-French

8 Feb 2013

JEC Europe 2013 - A single testing machine handles 21 different tests, which represent about 115 standards.

Fibre-reinforced composites provide high strength and stiffness combined with low weight. They consist of thin fibres which are either directionally or randomly oriented and therefore require different forms of materials testing according to the main fibre direction. Zwick offers an extremely efficient modular solution which covers 21 different types of tests and some 115 standards over a wide temperature range.

The properties of fibre-reinforced composites are strongly dependent on the alignment of the fibres, the fibre and matrix material and the fibre-matrix interface. Materials testing must therefore employ a variety of tests in order to characterize all properties. These tests are described in international standards (ISO), national and regional standards (ASTM, EN, DIN) and companies’ own standards (Airbus AITM, Boeing BSS).

In order to satisfy the varying requirements, companies and testing laboratories previously had to use a number of testing machine arrangements, some of which were very complex. Zwick’s highly efficient modular solution for test loads up to 100 and 250kN is based on a development of its Allround-Line testing machine. A single testing machine handles 21 different tests, which represent about 115 standards. A temperature chamber enables testing in a temperature range from -70 to +250°C.

More information:www.zwick.com
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