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The following presentation provides an overview of recent changes and challenges facing rebar manufacturers, suppliers, and consumers when testing the properties of this durable material.
Jun 27, 2014 10:10 AM
Composites are now a broad and well-established family of materials, but industry press releases frequently discuss “new and exciting” developments and opportunities. It should be remembered that there has been a commercial market in high performance, structural composites for well over 30 years, and European automotive manufacturers have made considerable use of lower performance glass fiber reinforced polyester (GFRP) bodywork since the 1950s.
Jun 25, 2014 10:10 AM
Although you may be testing to specifications that would allow you to comply with international standards, many factors can cause variability in your plastics testing results. The following presentation provides a summary of the most common explanations for test data variability, including specimen alignment and method setup:
Jun 23, 2014 10:10 AM
We are proud to announce that our Community Connection Committee (C3) has been awarded the Campaign Coordinator Award for the fourth year in a row by the United Way of Tri-County. This honor is in recognition of a successful 2013 United Way Campaign to advance the local community through service and support.
Jun 22, 2014 10:10 AM
Instron live webinars provide the opportunity to hear updates from experts on industry news and testing techniques. If you happen to miss the webinars, our library hosts the recordings.
Jun 13, 2014 10:10 AM
The following presentation suggests ways that laboratories can operate more efficiently when testing plastics, including improving set up times and methods.
Jun 11, 2014 10:10 AM
Q: I have a 1 kN load cell. How do I determine if a specimen would be too heavy for my tensile and compression tests?
Jun 10, 2014 10:10 AM
Q: Does a Charpy or an Izod impact test replicate any real-life scenarios by impacting the sample on a notched side (Izod) and an unnotched side (Charpy)?
A: The answer to this question is "No".
Shalmalee Vaidya OnJun 10, 2014 10:10 AM
During a recent customer visit, a concern was raised about a turnaround point on the graph that they had not previously seen. Following a bit of investigation, the customer was producing galvanized steel of various grades, some of which was aged. The graph below shows a magnified view of the fairly aggressive upper yield point (UYS or ReH), which results in an almost immediate drop in stress.
David Fry OnJun 10, 2014 10:10 AM
Instron employees volunteered to organize over 15,000 lbs. of food donations, gathered with the help of the United States Postal Service Stamp-Out-Hunger Food Drive. After the rewarding work, the team was all smiles.
Jun 10, 2014 10:10 AM