Imatek have recently installed an IM10-30HV accelerated Impact Test system at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) in India. IGCAR was established in 1971, under the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India.
The centre is engaged in broad based multidisciplinary programme of scientific research and advanced engineering directed towards the development of Fast Breeder Reactor technology.
IGCAR also offers its expertise and facilities to other vital sectors as Defence, Space and other industries to develop techniques for reliable solutions to specialized problems. It has many collaborations with educational and R&D institutes both in India and abroad.
IGCAR is the second largest establishment of the Department of Atomic Energy next to Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and is based at Kalpakkam, 80 KMs south of Chennai.
The IM10-30 impact test system will be used by IGCAR for characterising the dynamic fracture properties of structural steels and their welds used in the construction of specialist containers for handling nuclear materials.
The machine was supplied complete with many of the available options, including a high velocity system enabling impact speeds of up to 20 m/s and impact energies of up to 2,000J.
The IM10-30 is capable of conducting a wide range of tests including NDT testing to the requirements of ASTM E208, charpy testing to ASTM E23, high rate tensile testing and a cylinder crush/compression test option for metallic specimens.
IGCAR also specified Imatek's V4001 Integrated High Speed Video System, complete with camera, lighting and integration software. Integrated High speed Video combines the data captured by the IM10 during the impact test, together with high speed video imagery. Since the camera and the data acquisition share the same trigger, data points and images can be precisely correlated.
A video sequence provides a great deal of qualitative information about the test event, and the software also allows quantitative information to be extracted.
Integrated High speed video offers an advantage in many application areas and is available as an option for any of the Imatek range of impact testers or in a stand-alone mode, making it a general purpose tool that can be utilised by other parts of a customers operation and on a wide range of test apparatus.
Imatek is a leading UK based manufacturer of materials testing equipment primarily in the fields of impact testing. Imatek's products are used all over the world to test the properties of materials, components and assemblies in industries such as aerospace, polymer processing, steel production, automotive and academic research.