The Composite Materials and Structures Center is equipped with a United Testing Systems (UTS) model SFM-20 load frame.
This unit has interchangable load cells with capacities ranging from 1 to 20,000 lbs.
Sample deformation can be measured via a deflectometer, strain gage(s), biaxial extensometer or a non-contact laser extensometer, as appropriate for the sample geometry.
The SFM-20 is also equpped with a temperature-controlled test chamber.
The following list is a general summary of the various tests that are performed at the CMSC:
ASTM D790 - 07 (e1)
Standard Test Method for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials
ASTM D882 - 09
Standard Test Method for Tensile Properties of Thin Plastic Sheeting
ASTM D2290 - 08
Standard Test Method for Apparent Hoop Tensile Strength of Plastic or Reinforced Plastic Pipe by Split Disk Method
ASTM D3039 / D3039M - 08
Standard Test Method for Tensile Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials
ASTM D3379 - 89 (e1)
Standard Test Method for Tensile Strength and Young's Modulus for High-Modulus Single-Filament Materials
ASTM D3410 / D3410M - 08
Standard Test Method for Compressive Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials with Unsupported Gage Section by Shear Loading
ASTM D3518 / D3518M - 07
Standard Test Method for In-Plane Shear Response of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials by Tensile Test of a ±45° Laminate
ASTM D3846 - 08
Standard Test Method for In-Plane Shear Strength of Reinforced Plastics
ASTM D3916 - 08
Standard Test Method for Tensile Properties of Pultruded Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Rod
ASTM D5379 / D5379M - 05
Standard Test Method for Shear Properties of Composite Materials by the V-Notched Beam Method