Linkam’s TST350 microscope stage for testing tensile strength can be used for testing the tensile properties of the sample in relation to temperature and capturing high-resolution images of the structural variations.
The TST350 is designed with two precision stainless steel lead screws in order to maintain uniform horizontal and vertical alignment. The sample is maintained in both transmitted and reflected microscope fields of observation through sample jaws that move in opposite directions. Moreover, this means other transmission methods like X-ray, required for internal examination of sample structure, can be employed.
As anticipated of Linkam equipment, accuracy and temperature control are incomparable, with a range from −196 °C to 350 °C with 0.1 °C control and up to 60 °C/minute rates, there is almost no temperature feedback to the force measurement. The gas-sealed sample chamber can be controlled with different gases through the gas valves incorporated onto the sides of the stage, and also integrated with Linkam’s RH95 Humidity Generator for testing samples under various humidity levels.
For X-ray applications, there is a unique vacuum-sealed design with standard vacuum fittings and feed via connectors for the X-ray instrument cabinet.
- Length of the sample is 27–107 mm
- Thickness of the sample is 0.001–2 mm
- Width of the sample is 0.001–22 mm
- The range of tensile force is 0.1–200 N or 0.01–20 N
- The range of tensile speed is 0.1–1000 µm/s
- Positional resolution is 10 µm
- Force resolution is 200 N x 0.01 or 20 N x 0.001
- Objective working distance is 7.5 mm
- Maximum travel is 80 mm
- Working distance of condenser is 12.5 mm
- Temperature range of −196 °C to 350 °C
- Temperature resolution is ±0.01 °C
- Temperature control rates of 0.01–60 °C/min
- For optical microscope, mounting options are available
- Developed for use with the LINK image capture system
- The sample can be easily loaded into the jaws
- Data can be saved to a spreadsheet