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Posted On Oct 28, 2013

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Challenges with Steel

The continual drive for improved safety and increased fuel efficiency within the automotive industry hasn't escaped anyone; the message is repeatedly broadcast via news outlets and advertised by auto manufactures themselves. The majority of new car models compete fiercely for the most impressive fuel efficiency (mpg or L/100km) figures in class. As auto manufactures strive for improved fuel economy, it is clear that material selection will continue to be an important factor in weight reduction.

Posted On Oct 28, 2013

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Calling all Hockey Players: How Safe & Durable is Your Equipment?

Imagine being struck by a hockey puck traveling 100+ MPH while on the ice. As is the daily grind of hockey players everywhere, they rely heavily on the gear they choose to protect their bodies.

Posted On Oct 28, 2013

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Question from a Customer: What tup do I use on my 1,800 J (1,330 ft-lb) drop tower?

As a starting point for this response, the 1,800 J is the impact energy that your drop tower is capable of reaching. Selection of which tup to use does not have as much to do with the impact energy as it does with the way that the sample being hit reacts to the impact.

Posted By Leonardo Martinez

 Oct 17, 2013

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Carbon Fiber Hits the Road

By 2016, the US car industry will need to average 34.5 mpg and by 2025, cars will need to average 54.5 mpg. In order to meet these new requirements, manufacturers will have to implement a number of changes including new engines, technologies, and materials. Lightweight materials are one of the most important avenues to pursue because for every 10% reduction in weight, fuel efficiency is increased by 6–7%.

Posted By Elayne (Schneebacher) Gordonov

 Oct 08, 2013

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Poisson's Ratio Testing With A Biaxial Extensometer

Poisson’s Ratio has proven to be a challenging calculation for obtaining both repeatable and accurate results. To improve repeatability, we typically recommend grips that provide consistent clamping pressure, such as pneumatic side acting grips.