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WISCONSIN STRUCTURES & MATERIALS TESTING LABORATORY (WSMTL)

 
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Once Authorized for Use, How Do I Reconfigure Test Machines for My Test Setup?

i) Your test setup may require a different configuration for the test machine you are about to use. First, you should become aware of the schedule for the testing machine for the coming week. Others may need the current configuration and you may need to change the machine back immediately after your test. Check with Bill Lang or John Dreger about the schedule.

ii) Most common changes are either changing the test machine grips or raising/lowering the test machine load head. You need to be authorized to make these or other changes. Unless you have made this change before you should have Bill Lang or John Dreger assist you in making the change.

iii) Most hydraulic grips on the MTS machines are pretensioned. A load must be placed on the machine to remove the grips. Do not try this by yourself.

iv) Raising or lowering the crosshead on most MTS machines is very easy. Most of these machines have hydraulic lifts and locks. The exception to this is the 100-kip MTS machine at the back of B321. This lift must raised or lowered manually. This requires 2 or 3 people, ladders, and wrenches. This change should be done under the supervision of John Dreger.

 

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Wisconsin Structures & Materials Testing
Laboratory
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1691

Tel: 608/265-8214
Fax: 608/265-8213
E-mail: wsmtl@engr.wisc.edu

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