BS EN 455-2 Testing Physical Properties Medical Gloves
BS EN 455-2 describes the testing requirements for determination of physical properties, including break strength, before and after accelerated aging, of medical gloves for single use, surgical gloves, examination/procedure gloves, long-cuff medical gloves, and seemed/welded gloves.
For this test, we recommend either of the following grips: pneumatic side acting grips (as shown in the image) or mechanical elastomeric grips. Pneumatic grips have the advantage because they allow increased productivity and ensure that these high-elongation materials don't slip from the grips during a test. Bluehill® 3 Software can adequately perform this test since only peak load is required.
In some cases, elongation values are also desired, although not required by the standard. For this we recommend a long-travel extensometer that can handle over 1000% strain to ensure calculation of strain at break.
The Instron® model XL (long travel) extensometer is a precise device for measuring strain in highly extensible materials such as elastomers, semi-rigid plastics and films.
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Bluehill® 3 is the newest version of Instron’s widely popular Bluehill Software, designed to meet the demands of any level of user from educators and test technicians to, quality engineers and laboratory managers. Compatible with 5900, 3300 and 5500 systems.
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