TQ Universal Materials Testing Machine (SM1000)

The Universal Testing Machine is ideal for classroom demonstrations and for safe use by small groups of students. It fits onto any suitable strong desk or bench top, but TecQuipment offers the optional Support Table and Cupboard (SM1000a). A steel frame with four columns supports a hydraulic ram. The ram pushes up a loading platform. The area above the loading platform is for compression tests on a wide range of materials such as wood, brick and mortar. The space below the platform is for tensile tests. A high-impact strength clear-plastic guard protects the user during tests.

During tests, force sensors measure the load applied by the ram. A digital load meter shows the real-time force and stores the peak force. A digital displacement indicator measures and displays the vertical movement of the loading platform or part of the structure under test.Students use the force and the dimensions of the part under test to find the applied stress. They also use the vertical displacement to find the strain.