Insitu Micro Tensile Testing

CT5000 5kN in-situ loadcell tensile stage for X-Ray CT applications

In association with the major manufacturers µXCT systems including Zeiss, RX Solutions, Tescan/XRE, Nikon, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bruker and Waygate/GE we are now able to offer an integrated tensile testing solution for your µXCT application. Using tensile testing with µXCT provides a clear visual interpretation of how the properties of materials and composites change under different loading conditions. The compact design of these testing stages allow them to be used with the smallest high resolution micro CT systems providing a range of tensile, compression and torsion stages with forces up to 20kN and resolutions down to 25mN. Systems are controlled from the comprehensive MICROTEST tensile stage control software giving a wide range of control functions and a live display of load versus extension and supplied with all required cabling and mounting adaptors for specific µXCT systems. Further details and pricing is available from your micro CT supplier or direct from Deben.

The CT5000 in-situ testing stage is versatile and adaptable, with a weight of less than 6kg it is suitable for mounting within the most common mid range X-Ray CT systems such as the Nikon XTH-225, Zeiss/Xradia Versa and GE v|tome|x among others.

Currently there are three versions of the CT5000 available:

  • CT5000RT, operates at room temperature only.
  • CT5000TEC, Peltier heated & cooled jaws with temperature range from -20°C to +160°C
  • CT5000H250, heated jaws with temperature range from room temperature to +250°C

CT5000RT can be ordered as TEC or H250 “ready” for future upgrade

CT5000 general specification:

  • Modular tensile & compression testing system to be installed within a µXCT system
  • Tensile jaws and compression platens, (can be customised to customer specifications)
  • Mounting plate for fitting onto existing rotary table, with slot for cable exit through centre or side
  • Precision slides & leadscrew
  • Maximum load reading resolution, 1000:1 dynamic, 2000:1 static (of full scale range)
  • MICROTEST drive electronics and Windows™ software providing comprehensive USB2 control of the tensile stage
  • A PC is required to drive this system: minimum specification Dual core 2Ghz with Windows™ 7.0/10.0 Professional, 2Gb RAM, CD ROM and one free USB2 port
  • Operating voltage 230V/115V
  • Simple specimen exchange mechanism with vitreous glassy carbon support tube, 3.0mm wall thickness (6.0mm in beam path)
  • Maximum extension 10mm (stroke can be set depending on customer requirements, default is (10-20mm tensile), (15-5mm compression) with compression platens fitted
  • Fixed loadcell with accuracy, 1% of full scale range, choice of 500N, 1kN, 2kN, 5kN
  • 10mm linear extensometer for position readout, resolution 300nm, linearity 1% of full scale
  • Fast gearbox with speed range 0.1mm/min to 1.0mm/min (Fast speed option available)
  • Optical encoder fitted to motor giving speed control accuracy better than 5%
  • Size: 117mm diameter, 285mm to bottom of tube, tube length to suit X-ray source
  • Stage weight: ~5.5kg (RT), ~6.5kg (TEC or H250)

CT5000 options:

  • CT5000TEC, Peltier heated & cooled jaws with temperature range from -20°C to +160°C
  • CT5000H250, heated jaws with temperature range from room temperature to +250°C
  • Exchangeable loadcell kit to allow user the ability to change loadcells
  • 3 & 4 point bending clamps
  • Liquid crucible to allow in-liquid compression testing
  • Custom jaws and specimen mounts for large or small specimens

Other Deben in-situ stage systems available for µXCT applications:

  • CT350 heating stage with temperature range room temperature to +350°C
  • CT500 500N in-situ tensile stage
  • CT20K custom order in-situ 20kN tensile stage
  • CT160 Peltier stage with temperature range -20°C to +160°C

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