To minimize the risk of damage due to hydrogen absorption in metal aviation components, Fokker Landing Gears recently equipped its mechanical laboratory with three type Kappa 50 LA creep testing machines from Messphysik Materials Testing GmbH.
Based in Austria, Messphysik is the center of expertise within the Zwick Roell Group for optical strain measurement and creep testing. As a supplier of best-in-class landing gear systems for helicopters and airplanes, Fokker were particularly impressed by the flexibility provided by the testControl machine electronics and testXpert testing software. Expert advice and the compact size of the testing systems were also decisive selection criteria.
Using the Kappa 50 LA lever-arm creep testing systems, Hydrogen embrittlement is tested mechanically in accordance with the international ASTM F519 standard. Test specimens are produced under the same manufacturing conditions as the original components. With its three new testing systems, Fokker can now test up to twelve specimens simultaneously, thereby ensuring that test results are available rapidly enough to ensure the company's high production throughput remains unaffected.
Messphysik has a long track-record of international success in optical strain measurement for materials testing. The use of Zwick Roell components allows Messphysik products to be sold and serviced worldwide. Zwick's testControl electronics, for example, provide precise, standard-compliant test control, while testXpert testing software is both intuitive and easy-to-use for any operator.
For further information on the Messphysik Kappa 50 LA creep testing systems, testControl electronics and testXpert testing software, please visit: www.zwick.com