The Instron 5984 testing machine.
The Instron 5984 testing machine.

The testing machine will provide accurate measurements of material properties needed for material certifications, design analysis, product development, and materials research. Strongwell says this machine will help shorten testing time, because acquiring a test quote and sending material to a third party lab typically takes longer than actually performing the test.

The Instron 5984 testing machine is a dual column, floor mounted, electromechanical testing system with a load capacity of 33 750 lbf. It has a horizontal test space of 36.8 inches for custom and full section test applications.

The environmental chamber allows for material testing at temperatures up to 350°C and down to -70°C. An optical window in the chamber allows visual observation of the test and the potential to utilise optical extensometers.

Strongwell’s 10 000 ft2 laboratory is located at its headquarters in Bristol, Virginia, USA. The company is leading pultruder of fibre reinforced polymer composites and also has pultrusion manufacturing facilities. Strongwell produces products including structural shapes, grating, handrail, building panels, decking systems, composite armour and ladder rail.