Particularly in the automotive industry, plastic components are continuously subject to dynamic loading. To guarantee the raw materials have high longevity, they must already be tested for durability as part of the product development. Solvay opted for an LTM10 electrodynamic testing machine from ZwickRoell to perform these tests.
The plastic specimens are force-controlled on the LTM until failure at a maximum test frequency of 10 Hz. In addition to testing with the machine, a camera system that Solvay already owns can be connected. With the camera system and a sprayed pattern on the specimen, local deformations during cyclic loading of the specimen can be recorded.