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Rifi An Enterprise Consultancy Unit

Rifi Services - Mechanical testing

  • Load range -  < 1 N to 630 kN
  • Additional large column test machine - 1500 kN in compression, 500 kN in tension
  • Tension
  • Compression
  • Shear
  • Flexure
  • Fatigue
  • Impact
  • High strain rates
  • Able to work towards ISO, BS and ASTM standards as necessary

Mechanical testing at:

  • -250 oC gas cooling
  • -269 oC in liquid (small scale)
  • -196 oC in liquid (larger scale)

Thermal testing at:

  • -170 oC (large specimens)
  • -269 oC (small specimens)

Pressure testing at:

  •  -196 oC in liquid (< 15 bar) and under mechanical load

Impact testing at:

  • 2 J to 1800 J at -70 oC to +150 oC
  • 400 J with impact hammer

High strain rate testing at:

  • 100 s-1 using an Instron VHS machine
  • Split Hopkinson pressure bar (SHPB) setup for composite materials

Mechanical test at:

  • +500 o
  • Option of testing inside a vacuum chamber

Thermal testing at:

  • +150 oC (large specimens)

Pressure testing at:

  • +150 oC (< 20 bar)

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