Test Frames

SMaRT utilise a large variety of mechanical test frames:

These include servo hydraulic/servo electric fatigue rigs covering:

Uni-axial tension-compression up to +/-250kN
Bi-axial tension-torsion (100kN tension/ 400Nm torsion)
Thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF)
Fatigue crack growth (FCG)
Frequencies: from static/dwell loading up to 100Hz
Electro-resonance machines for High Cycle Fatigue (HCF) assessments up to 200Hz
Servo-hydraulic machines specifically used for compression flow stress evaluation under low (10-4 sec-1) and high (50 sec-1) rates

And a dedicated creep facility with a range of test frames including:

Over slung lever constant load creep up to 30kN
Over slung lever constant stress creep up to 20kN
Small punch creep