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Oyster Glue Inspiring Stronger Adhesives

 What adhesive is so strong that it sets wet? That's right: naturally produced oyster glue. Chemist Jonathan Wilker from Purdue University focuses his research on this cement that allows oysters to attach to surfaces and each other, even throughout storms.

Posted On Aug 21, 2014 10:10 AM

High Frequency Testing of Nitinol Wire

Nitinol wire is a superelastic alloy with unique shape-memory properties that render it especially useful for a variety of different applications across industries. As nitinol requires a great deal of motion and flexibility in its applications, mechanical testing of nitinol must reach very high fatigue strains.

Posted By Sarah Jastram OnAug 13, 2014 10:10 AM

Consumer Reports Uses Instron for Bend Testing Smartphone

Consumer Reports sought to test LG's G Flex smartphone, which claims to bend to life's curves. The material properties of rigid plastic, aluminum, and glass typically are used in mobile devices, and one might assume they would be difficult to bend.

Posted On Aug 07, 2014 10:10 AM

Quick Tips for Balancing Load Cells

Whether you use bathroom scales, digital kitchen scales, spring scales – or any other measuring instrument, for that matter – you know the importance of zeroing it before it’s used. Failure to do so results in a shift in weight and thus, an incorrect reading on the scale. Now let’s think about the load cell in your testing system, which is just like a scale …

Posted By Elena Mangano OnAug 05, 2014 10:10 AM

WPI Students Test ACL Graft Pretension Methods

At Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Biomedical Engineering Symposium, biomedical engineering students presented their research on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) grafts. With an Instron electromechanical testing system, the students were able to analyze stress relaxation and creep techniques used for pretensioning before attaching ACL grafts in reconstructive surgery.

Posted On Aug 03, 2014 10:10 AM

Extensometer Slippage

Some of our customers are frustrated when they experience slippage of their strain gauge extensometers. Close examination of their extensometer knife-edges often reveals wear that has rounded the edge, increasing the likelihood of slippage.

Posted On Aug 01, 2014 10:10 AM