Kappa Multistation Creep Testing Machine

Space-saving and low cost testing solution for plastics testing.

The Kappa Multistation is a flexible, compact, high-precision electromechanical creep testing machine with individually controlled load axes. It was specially designed for the analysis of the creep behavior of plastics and polymer materials at modern R&D laboratories.


Creep testing machine Kappa Multistation 5x10 kN

Key Advantages and Features

Advantages and features

  • Versatile creep testing system with 3 to 6 independently controlled load axes in one test frame
  • Extremely low cost and space-saving design with a robust test frame
  • Stepless force and temperature sequences, as well as force- and strain-controlled tests (closed loop) are possible
  • No influence on sensitive specimens with the use of non-contact strain measurement system according to the ISO 899-1 recommendation
  • A common temperature zone for all test axes with a temperature chamber of -70°C to +250°C
    Equipment option: a second temperature chamber for complete and profound analysis of the material properties at different temperatures, such as tests according to the stepped isothermal method (SIM)
  • Simulation of different environmental conditions (temperature and humidity control)
  • Use of high-precision load cells
  • Test monitoring and analysis with testXpert III software

General

This creep testing machine is the optimal testing solution for applications such as creep tensile tests and creep flexure tests on plastics to ASTM D2990, ISO 899-1 (tensile test) and ISO 899-2 (flexure test). Due to the versatility of this testing system, quasi-static tensile, compression, and flexure tests, as well as relaxation tests and expanded creep tests can also be performed on other materials. The Kappa Multistation is available in the measurement range of 5 N up to 50 kN per load axis and is often combined with an optical multistation strain measurement system and a temperature chamber.

Technical data

Type

Kappa Multistation

Test load per test axis, Fmax

10

kN

Number of test axes

5 (if required by the customer, 6 test axes are also possible)

Distance between the axes

105

mm

Crosshead travel, max.

200

mm

Lateral guidance of the crosshead

Precision friction bearings on two hard-chromed columns (30 mm diameter)

Test speed range

0.001 mm/h to 100 mm/min

Return speed

100

mm/min

Test speed accuracy

< ±0.1 % (measured over an interval of min. 5 s or 10 mm travel)

Position transducer travel resolution

0.038

mm

Test frame dimensions

Width

985

mm

Depth

1470

mm

Height

2116

mm

Weight

1200

kg

Supply voltage

230

VAC

Installed power load per test axis

400

VA

Temperature Chamber and Non-Contact Strain Measurement with Kappa Multistation

Temperature chamber for the Kappa Multistation

Temperature chamber

  • Temperature range from -70 °C to +250 °C
  • Temperature tolerance from ±2 K to 150 °C
    Temperature tolerance from ±3 K to 250 °C
  • Self-supporting, double-wall stainless steel housing
  • View window with four-pane glass on the rear side of the temperature chamber for non-contact strain measurement with video extensometer
  • Optimal heat distribution via two heating coils and two fans (air flow principle)
  • Equipped with PT100 temperature sensor and Teflon bushings for upper and lower feedthrough of the load strings
Video extensometer for Kappa Multistation

Non-contact video extensometer

  • Intended for the measurement of the extension of the specimen during tensile, compression, and flexure tests
  • One camera per test axis
  • Quick test setup
  • No influence on the specimen and the test temperature
  • Mounting of sensor arms is not necessary
  • Flexible measurement lengths and measurement ranges
  • Easy access due to mounting outside of the chamber
  • Application options span the entire temperature range of the temperature chamber

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