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Posted By Sarah Jastram

 Aug 13, 2014

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High Frequency Testing of Nitinol Wire

Nitinol wire is a superelastic alloy with unique shape-memory properties that render it especially useful for a variety of different applications across industries. As nitinol requires a great deal of motion and flexibility in its applications, mechanical testing of nitinol must reach very high fatigue strains.

Posted By Sarah Jastram

 Jan 16, 2014

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What is the Best Way to Check the Functionality of my ElectroPuls™ Load Cell?

Instron load cells are robust and built to last. Therefore, checking the load cell’s functionality on a daily basis is not usually necessary unless you suspect a real problem. That being said, it is always a good idea to be safe than sorry!

Posted By Sarah Jastram

 Dec 12, 2013

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Energy-Controlled Impulse Testing of Shoes

Shoe and shoe material manufacturers alike must be able to prove that their products will withstand a substantial amount of wear and tear before releasing them to market. Useful in this analysis is the ability to simulate the impact of a runner on the sole of a shoe. During a typical gait cycle, these impacts can be higher than 3kN for an adult runner. In addition to controlling the load with which an impact is generated, researchers may also wish to control the energy which is generated as a result of the impact. A testing machine, which can successfully cater to these requirements, must be able to create and maintain a repeatable impact of a certain energy over a prolonged number of cycles.

Posted By Sarah Jastram

 Sep 30, 2013

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Simulating a Spring with the ElectroPuls

As the number of patients seeking “in-home” medical care grows larger, medical device companies find themselves catering to an increasing demand for safer, more user-friendly biomedical solutions.