NDT.net December 2006, Vol. 11 No.12

Shimadzu Introduces USF-2000 Ultrasonic Fatigue Testing System

Nov-03-2006 -- Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc. (SSI) one of the leading developers of analytical instrumentation in the U.S., announces the launch of the USF-2000 Ultrasonic Fatigue Testing System. The system is designed to test materials including titanium alloys, duralumin, and 1000MPa grade steel.

The system achieves maximum stress while utilizing minimal power through the use of resonance. The instrument does not require immobilization of the test piece – instead, it measures strain on the free side and allows the test piece to generate reactive force. The result is uniform testing at minimal energy cost.

The use of resonance also enables the system to perform 1010 order fatigue strength tests where it may have been difficult to obtain data before. At 20 kHz, the system can run a 1010 cycle test in a matter of six days, as opposed to 1 year at 300 Hz.

“1010 tests are optimal for long life evaluation of materials, especially as manufactured parts are used for longer periods at higher speeds. It is essential to know how long they are going to hold up” said Gilbert Vial, product manager of physical measurement at SSI. “The USF-2000 makes those tests faster, cheaper, and easier than before.”

The USF-2000 is compact enough to fit on a desktop, and setting of test conditions is easy with a PC compatible auxiliary control. The system is ideal for fatigue testing applications that range from materials development of turbine blades, high-speed rotating parts, and bearings in industries from automotive to aerospace.

To learn more about this item, click here: www.ssi.shimadzu.com/products/product.cfm?product=usf2000.

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