Instron® Manufactures Custom Testing System for the California Department of Transportation

Instron, a leading provider of testing equipment designed to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components, introduces its 9000HLX Universal Testing Machine, designed to test compression and tension of concrete, reinforcing steel and structural steel components.

Used to test materials for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span Seismic Safety Project (SFOBB) - known more simply as the East Span Project - this custom-made testing system has the capacity to test 2,000,000 lbf (9000 kN) in compression and tension.

The East Span Project is part of Caltrans' Seismic Retrofit Program. This multi-billion dollar program enables engineers to modify the seismic behavior of several state-owned bridges in the Bay Area and throughout the state to make them less susceptible to damage in an earthquake.

The 9000HLX is located at the Structural Materials Testing Lab in Sacramento, California, the only state transportation testing lab accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).

About Instron

Instron® is a leading provider of test equipment for the material and structural testing markets. A global company providing single-source convenience, Instron manufactures and services products used to test the mechanical properties and performances of various materials, components and structures in a wide array of environments.

Instron systems evaluate materials ranging from the most fragile filament to advanced high-strength alloys, providing customers with comprehensive solutions for all their research, quality and service-life testing requirements. Additionally, Instron offers a broad range of service capabilities, including assistance with laboratory management, calibration expertise and customer training.

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