2kN & 5kN Tensile compression and horizontal bending stage

MICROTEST 2kN & 5kN modules have been specifically designed to allow real time observation of the high stress region of a sample with an SEM, optical microscope, AFM or XRD system. Windows 7.0/10.0 software sets drive parameters and displays the stress/strain curve live on the computer screen. Loadcells from 150N to 5kN cover most applications, with extension rates from 0.005mm/min to 50mm/min. All stages have linear scales for elongation measurement and optical encoders for speed control. Options include three and four point bending clamps, fibre clamps and microscope mounting adaptors. Special versions of the stage can be manufactured to customer requirements. Modules are controlled from our Microtest tensile testing software.

White papers:

Characterisation of the mechanical behaviour of sunflower stem for bio-composite applications

Room-temperature deformation micro-mechanisms of polycrystalline nickel processed by spark plasma sintering


2kN tensile stage

The 2kN tensile stage uses custom minature loadcells in the range 660N to 2kN. Samples are mounted horizontally, clamped to a pair of jaws and supported on stainless steel slide bearings. A dual threaded leadscrew drives the jaws symmetrically in opposite directions, keeping the sample centred in the field of view. The 2kN module is ideally suited for use with an SEM, optical microscope or AFM and will easily fit on most stages. Applications range from polymers, thin films, fibres and thin metal samples. Custom versions are available with Peltier heating & cooling from -20°C to +160°C, extended stroke and travel.

5kN tensile stage

The 5kN tensile stage is very similar to the 2KN stage except for its size and maximum force. The 5kN module can fit some larger chamber SEMs, AFMs and optical microscopes. Applications include ceramics, metals and polymers. Custom versions are available with Peltier heating & cooling from -20°C to +160°C, extended stroke and travel.

2kN tensile stage with heating & cooling for SEM

Deben have recently developed a new 2KN tensile stage with optional heating to 600°C specifically for use within an SEM with EBSD detector fitted. The stage has dual sample clamps allowing sample observation at 0° and 70° and can be fitted with optional heating/cooling jaws with temperature range up to 600°C.


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