Archive for the ‘plastics testing’ Category

40-75 Tensilbis

October 11, 2017

The 40-75 Tensilbit is our carbide burr Tensilbit.  It is .500″ diameter, suitable for use on all Tensilkut I or Tensilkut II machines.  The 40-75 Tensilbit is suitable for cutting test specimens from fiberglass, composites, filled and similar materials; the cross cut effectively cuts the fibers in these materials, ensuring a smooth finish for the best possible test specimen.  Note, however, that Kevlar does require one finishing pass of .002″ with the 40-76 Tensilbit, to clean up the lower edge of the specimen before it’s removed from the template.

40-75 Tensilbit end view

40-75 Tensilbit

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Early Tensilkut Machines

October 9, 2017

When Tensilkut was first created, in 1953, there was one model, with a maximum capacity of .250″, and limited ability to cut tensile samples from harder materials.  Within a few years, this changed, and a machine with the capacity of up to .500″ on softer metals was added.  This is the press announcement:

Tensilkut press release from the late 1950s.

Tensilkut press release from the late 1950s.

Thereafter, Tensilbits and templates for preparing plastic, fiberglass and other nonmetallic tensile bars were added.  Today, our line includes the traditional Tensilkut I for cutting test specimens from flat metals and plastics, along with the Tensilkut II and CNC Tensilkut III, along with machines for turning round tensile specimens and notching impact and shear bend test bars.  How far we have progressed.

To Cut Straight Strips

September 12, 2017

Straight strips are a very valuable commodity in the laboratory.  In addition to needing a straight strip as the basis for cutting a test specimen, whether tensile, compression or another test, the straight piece is necessary for flexural testing, and is very valuable for other tests, including hardness testing.  The Tensilsaw is a very convenient way to cut strips from small plaques of plastic, fiberglass, composites, glass laminates and other non-metallic materials.

Visit our website or our YouTube channel for more video demonstrations of the Tensilsaw and our other equipment.

 

Tensilkut: Tensile Sample Preparation Gold Standard

September 5, 2017

Tensilkut has the capacity to accurately machine tensile specimens from ferrous and non-ferrous metals and non-metallics from .002″ thickness up to .250″ or more, depending upon the model of the machine and the hardness of the material.  The Tensilkut series is fast; test specimen preparation can be completed in as little as 3 minutes, depending upon the material and its thickness.  The machined edges are so finely finished that no hand finishing is required.  The capacity to satisfactorily machine such light gauges as .002″ thick allows testing of many materials for which specimen preparation would otherwise be significantly more difficult.

Tensilkut test bars

Some of the bars cut on Tensilkut machines include ASTM D638 Type I tensile bars, ASTM D412 Die C tensile bars, ASTM D1855 Type L Tensile-Impact specimens, ASTM D256 Impact specimens, and ASTM D5379 Shear Test Specimens.

pipe wall tensile sample

sample cut from large diameter pipe wall

Visit our website for more information on Tensilkut equipment to solve your flat sample preparation needs.

 

The Original Tensile Sample Preparation Solution

August 29, 2017

The Tensilkut I is the original machine designed to prepare tensile and other test specimens from a wide variety of materials.  This precision machine is based on the unique concept of utilizing super high cutter rotation speeds to achieve dramatic reductions in chip load and cutting pressures; the Tensi8lbit produces 1000 cuts per second with the individual chips becoming fine shavings.  This high speed shearing action eliminates cold working or heat induced distortion to the sample edges.  Precise test specimens can be Tensilkut milled form aluminum, steel, stainless, titanium, pliable plastics, glass filled laminates, and a wide variety of other materials.  The configuration of the specimens is traced from a precision master template to achieve contoru duplication to with plus or minus .001″ (.025mm).

Dogbone sample cutter Tensilkut

10-68 Tensilkut I for preparation of flat tensile specimens

Contact us or visit our website for more information.

Composite Tensile Test Sample Preparation

August 2, 2017

Recently, a customer sent us some composite strips to be cut into ASTM D638 Type I tensile samples.  We used the Tensilkut II, and the process was very fast and easy.

Tensilkut machines are sized for location in your testing laboratory, to be used by technicians without machining experience.  The Tensilkut II is a floor model, manually operated machine; table model Tensilkut I machines are also available for labs with less space available.  Visit our website at www.tensilkut.com or fill out the contact form below for more information on how Tensilkut can make your tensile specimen preparation easier!

Tensilkut, New and Improved

July 31, 2017

The new Tensilkut website is live; you’ll find information about all of our machines, along with more photos and links to our YouTube channel.

Need to make flat tensile bars? No problem! Round bars? Easy.  Flexural, impact, fatigue…it’s all here, waiting for you to visit.

 

Tensile, tensile-impact, impact and Iosipescu shear test bars made on the Tensilkut machines

Tensile, tensile-impact, impact and Iosipescu shear test bars made on the Tensilkut machines

We look forward to hearing from you!

Tensilkut II

July 24, 2017

The Tensilkut II is an efficient, cost effective way to prepare tensile samples.  Recently, we cut some specimens from fiber filled composites for demonstration; the attached video shows the cutting of two ASTM D638 Type I tensile bars, from start to finish, in about 8 minutes.

This video also shows measuring of the specimen during the cutting process, which is not necessary with a properly adjusted Tensilkut machine and master template, but does demonstrate the accuracy of the system.  Tensilkut machines are designed to be operated by lab personnel without previous machining experience.  Please contact us today for further information on how we can help you with your testing program.

Tensilsaw for Fiber Reinforced Plastic Strips

July 17, 2017

New on YouTube: the video demonstration of the Tensilsaw being used to prepare strips of fiber reinforced plastic from 12″ square plaques.  The material saws quickly and easily, with minimal operator training.

After t

he strips have been prepared, they can be used for flexural testing, or any test requiring a straight strip.  Alternatively, and frequently, the Tensilsaw is used to cut blanks for insertion into the template, to be cut using the Tensilkut II or Tensilkut I into tensile bars.  A common specimen to be prepared in this manner is ASTM D638, or ASTM D695 tensile bars.  Another use for such strips would be for insertion into the V-Mill template, to be notched for Iosipescu shear testing in accordance with ASTM D7078 or ASTM D5379.

Demonstration of the Tensilkut II

June 23, 2015

The Tensilkut II is used to easily prepare flat tensile, compression, flexural and other specimens from metals and non-metallics.  This machine is designed for operation in the testing lab by technicians without previous machining experience.

The starting blank is inserted into the Tensilkut Master Template, and the clamping screws are tightened as shown in this video.  The micrometer dial on the Tensilkut control head is set to its starting position, and a series of light passes are taken to cut the material from each side of the specimen.  When the correct tensile specimen dimensions are achieved, the micrometer dial will stop turning, thus preventing cutting an undersized test specimen.  After removing the completed ASTM E8 or other specimen from the master template, the tensile bar is ready for immediate testing.