Component Durability/ Characterization


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6501 E. Eleven Mile Rd.
Warren, MI 48091
United States


Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Ground Vehicle Systems Center’s (GVSC) Physical Simulation Team (PST) operates two separate component durability and characterization rigs. These rigs are designed for high-capacity tension, compression, bend/flex, and shear testing for metals, wire rod, fasteners, concrete, and wood.

Uniaxial Tension Testing

-Force Rating: 300,000 lb
-Dynamic Displacement: 48 in
-Velocity: 0.5 in/min (0.0002 m/s)

Analysis Capability
-Force versus Displacement Characteristics
-Force versus Velocity Characteristics
-Peak Force versus Peak Velocity Characteristics
-Ultimate Strength Testing
-Durability Testing
-Material Properties

-Accepts all forms of coupons or sub components.
-Conducts low velocity and high force tests.
-Used for development of Material Characterization Data

Compression Testing

-Force Rating: 115,000 lb
-Dynamic Displacement: 10 in
-Velocity: 1118 in/min (0.5 m/s)

Analysis Capability
-Dynamic Stiffness
-Storage Stiffness
-Loss Stiffness
-Tan Delta

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