Test System suits metal processing industries.

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Used for testing metals and other conductive materials, Model ETMT 8800 combines 8800 digital controller, Microtester(TM) test frame, and direct resistance heating system. It offers full reverse stress loading up to 3 kN and thermomechanical capabilities up to 1,500°C. Using miniature test pieces, ETMT 8800 can achieve fatigue loading rates from 20-1000 N/sec and heating rates up to 200ºC/sec. Software interface allows real-time operator interaction with system.

Original Press Release:

Instron® Introduces The Next-Generation ETMT 8800 Electrothermal Mechanical Test System

Enhanced Control, Greater Versatility

Instron, a leading provider of testing equipment designed to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components, introduces the ETMT 8800, a multifunctional test system developed in collaboration with the NPL, the UK's National Measurement Laboratory. Instron's ETMT 8800 is ideally suited for testing metals and other conductive materials in industries ranging from metal processing and production to advanced engineering, e.g. aerospace.

The ETMT 8800 is modeled after Instron's advanced 8800 digital controller and Microtester(TM) test frame. Combined with a direct resistance heating system, it offers full reverse stress loading to 3 kN and unrivalled thermomechanical capabilities up to 1500°C.

The ETMT 8800 is ideal for measuring mechanical and physical properties and micro structural stability under thermal exposure. It provides rapid and cost effective assessment of materials that are in short supply, for example when dealing with short run prototype materials in product development, in residual lifetime evaluation of plant or when testing expensive materials. Using miniature test pieces, the ETMT 8800 can achieve fatigue loading rates from 20N/sec to 1000 N/sec and heating rates up to 200ºC/sec.

Additionally, the test system is designed to study the thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) properties of nickel-based superalloys, hard metals (such as tungsten carbide) and lead-free solders. Instron's ETMT 8800 can also be used to determine the resistivity, thermal expansion coefficients, and phase transformations in a variety of materials, including steels, titanium alloys and intermetallics. For use with reactive materials, the ETMT 8800 may be equipped with a high integrity evacuable capsule.

An NPL developed "multi-property" software interface allows real time operator interaction with the system, while a range of proprietary, multi-axial general purpose fatigue software further extends the system's functionality.

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.

For more information, contact Instron Corporation, 825 University Ave, Norwood, MA 02062, USA. Toll-free: 1-800-564-8378; Fax: 1-781-575-5770; Email: info_news@instron.com or visit our website at pr.instron.com.

About the National Physical Laboratory
The United Kingdom's national measurement institute
NPL is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate measurement standards, science and technology available to man. For more than a century it has developed and maintained the nation's primary measurement standards. These standards support an infrastructure of traceable measurement through the UK and the world that ensures accuracy and consistency.

NPL's services range from free technical advice, joint projects, training, secondments, problem solving, consultancy and contract research, to highly accurate UKAS accredited measurement services. The National Physical Laboratory is operated on behalf of the DTI by NPL Management Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Serco Group plc. For further information on the NPL, call its helpline at 020 8943 6880, email enquiry@npl.co.uk or visit its Web site at www.npl.co.uk.

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