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Plastics Analysis for Automotive Applications

How do we select the right material that provides the best perfomance and the highest quality? Instron recently published an article in Quality Magazine highlighting plastics testing and how it relates to Automotive applications.

Posted On Sep 21, 2016 10:26 AM

Why Measure Strain Optically?

Published in Quality Magazine, read our article on the advantages of optical strain measurement.

Posted On Sep 07, 2016 01:04 PM

Stress Control and Yielding Material

Since the first materials testing machines were used for tensile testing of metals, one option of performing the test has been to control the rate at which you apply load to the specimen, or apply stress.

Posted By David Fry OnSep 25, 2014 10:10 AM

How to Test Lap-Shear Specimens

Manufacturing processes are moving away from using traditional bolts and rivets to using new, stronger adhesives to hold together materials such as composites and aluminum. With this increase in bonded manufacturing, it is more important than ever to accurately test the adhesive strength of bonds to prevent catastrophic failures.  

Posted By Leonardo Martinez OnSep 23, 2014 10:10 AM

Understanding Melt Flow Testing and Its Importance

Melt flow testing is simply a measure of the flow of a polymer when melted. The result of a melt flow test, called the melt mass-flow rate (MFR) or melt volume-flow rate (MVR), is defined as the amount of mass or volume of a polymer that flows through a small die at a specified temperature and pressure.

Posted By Elena Mangano OnSep 15, 2014 10:10 AM

Helping to Provide the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval

Ever wonder how the beauty industry can make their claims? Research and testing is behind the development of beauty products to determine the best technologies, formulas, and products to meet goals. When consumers want to hear the validity of the claims, they look to outside sources for evidence.

Posted On Sep 10, 2014 10:10 AM

Testing a Student-Made Off-Road Vehicle

When Northeastern University students visited our Norwood, Massachusetts headquarters, Instron employees had a chance to ride an off-road vehicle. As a platinum sponsor, Instron assisted the student engineers in their quest to finish first.

Posted On Sep 04, 2014 10:10 AM

Simulating a Spring with the ElectroPuls

As the number of patients seeking “in-home” medical care grows larger, medical device companies find themselves catering to an increasing demand for safer, more user-friendly biomedical solutions.

Posted By Sarah Jastram OnSep 30, 2013 10:10 AM

Upper Yield Calculations—Discontinuous Yielding/YPE Material

Following a recent lab visit, I thought it was worth writing a quick post to share an example of how labs sometimes incorrectly calculate yield strength. While visiting a testing lab for unrelated issues, my colleagues and I were discussing how the customer runs both continuous and discontinuous material with the same method (Non-YPE and YPE). For historical reasons, they have updated their Series IX methods to Bluehill 3 with little knowledge of why, when or by whom the methods were setup.

Posted By David Fry OnSep 25, 2013 10:10 AM