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When is Fatigue Not a Weakness?

As a materials testing company everyone at Instron usually sees fatigue as a weakness, but 3 Engineers from our UK office actively seek out fatigue for thrills on the weekends.

Posted On Mar 27, 2012 10:10 AM

Are You a Statistic?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the US among people ages 5-34. About 6,400 adults are injured in motor vehicle accidents every day. Still, nearly 15% of us don’t buckle up for every trip we take in our cars.

Posted By Elena Mangano OnMar 22, 2012 10:10 AM

Industry Update: Mechanical Testing of Stents and Stent Materials

Stents are a wonderful creation of modern medical engineering that aid physicians and surgeons in the treatment of heart disease. Conditions, such as smoking, diabetes, and high cholesterol help promote atherosclerosis, the build up of fatty plaque within arteries, which can ultimately lead to heart attack and stroke.

Posted On Mar 20, 2012 10:10 AM

What is 21 CFR Part 11 and How Does it Affect Me?

Have you heard of 21 CFR Part 11? If not, it is a set of compliance requirements that allow for safe and secure storage and submission of electronic records for industries regulated by the US FDA. In other words, this is the FDAs procedure for quality control of electronic data. Any company storing electronic data that could be audited by the FDA must comply with this set of requirements. Although the FDA still permits paper-based data storage and submission, this approach can lead to higher costs, increased time to market, decreased quality, and challenges with information storage availability, retrieval and portability, as compared with electronic methods.

Posted On Mar 16, 2012 10:10 AM

Quick Tip on Gripping

Q. I find it rather difficult to avoid torsion when gripping flexible specimen like paper. Any tips?

Posted On Mar 14, 2012 10:10 AM

Hobas Pipe USA Installs Giant Custom-Built Instron Frame

HOBAS® Pipe USA, a producer and supplier of fiberglass-reinforced polymer mortar pipe systems, produces pipe and pipecoupling products in a wide range of sizes. Worldwide population growth has increased the demand for bigger water supply and sewage pipes. Consequently, the pipe diameter range was set to increase beyond the size capability of their current testing equipment. They needed a system that could test their full range of products and they turned to Instron for the solution. The resulting testing system was so big that it was installed out in the open and the test building was constructed around the frame.

Posted On Mar 06, 2012 10:10 AM

Selecting a Pressure Transducer for Your Capillary Rheometer

It is common to refer to pressure transducers by their full-scale range in megapascals (1 MPa is 145 psi). The accuracy is 0.25% of the full scale of the pressure transducer. To obtain the highest quality data, the recommended minimum pressure is about 10 times the accuracy and the recommended maximum pressure is about 90% of the full-scale range.

Posted On Mar 06, 2012 10:10 AM

Question from a Customer

Q. What is the resolution and accuracy of your Smart Rheo load cell?

Posted On Mar 06, 2012 10:10 AM

A Very Deep Investment

The challenges of testing Fiber Reinforced Concrete (FRC) go well beyond what we would normally think of with respect to concrete testing. The difference lies in the fact that most of the valuable information from an FRC test comes after the concrete fails. The ability of FRC to resist crack growth after the initial crack is determined by measuring the toughness (typically area under the curve) of the sample as it is deflected well past the first crack. All of these tests must be run under servo-control and one of the more common tests must be run using the measured beam deflection as the servo feedback. This can be very challenging as the specimen goes from being very stiff to very compliant after the first crack.

Posted On Mar 01, 2012 10:10 AM