CAMX 2016 preview: Zwick USA

Zwick USA (Kennesaw, GA, US) will feature its solutions for composites testing, including the AllroundLine testing machine, available in 100-kN and 250-kN versions.

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Zwick USA (Kennesaw, GA, US) will feature its solutions for composites testing, including the AllroundLine testing machine, available in 100-kN and 250-kN versions. This new solution enables customers to perform more than 20 types of tests in compliance with more than 100 standards. Zwick says the AllroundLine machine features a modular design that minimizes changeover time between tests and increases throughput. A temperature chamber to accommodate non-ambient testing in the range of -70 to 250°C is optionally available. Tests covered by the new solution range from determining interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) to V-notched shear tests to lap-shear tests. Also included are tests for fracture toughness and a static compression to measure residual strength following targeted pre-damaging of a specimen (compression after impact). Additional fixtures for three- and four-point flexure tests, inter-laminar shear strength (ILSS), and the Iosipescu V-notch shear test may be attached via slide-in inserts used in the tensile grips in place of jaws. Zwick also will display its Hydraulic Composite Compression Fixture (HCCF) test device, which lends support for the complexities present in compression testing. Using HCCF, says Zwick, the clamping procedure is simplified and eliminates wedge movement during the testing.

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