Impact Resistance - Fiber Cement Materials
We were recently asked by a manufacturer of fiber cement building products to recommend an impact system that would allow them to test their products for impact resistance – specifically as related to the installation process. Fiber cement products offer an alternative to owners looking to refurbish the exterior of their homes. A composite material made of sand, cement and cellulose fibers it is fire, rot and insect (termite) resistant. Considered green and sustainable in appearance it can imitate clapboards or shingles; in sheet form it can be used as cladding & as a soffit/eave lining. Besides exterior siding fiber cement can be used to substitute timber fascias.
Either the Model 9440 or the Model 9340 Impact Test Machines is capable of performing the tests. A 3 point bend fixture to support the specimens was chosen by the customer. By using tup inserts of different shapes and sizes impacts of various types can be performed. Adding in an instrumented tup, Bluehill Impact software, Data Acquisition and Analysis System, allows the customer to gather information such as energy absorbed, and incipient damage point from each of the tests performed.
The 9440 or the 9450 are well suited for helping customers determine the performance characteristics of their materials when subjected to an impact event. The information gathered by doing instrumented impact testing can be used to provide the customer with a data baseline whereby they can determine how changes made in the mix of materials will perform in real life situations. A broader range of testing could be accomplished with the use of an environmental chamber to study impact characteristics at different temperatures as well as using different fixtures and inserts to simulate other impact events.
Instron Drop Towers are used to develop, fine tune, and validate material models. Testing materials under real impact conditions is a crucial step prior of product design. Using the characterization data obtained with the Instron 9400, coupled with customer supplied high-speed video, you can have confidence in your results and deliver new materials to your customers faster. Our Drop Tower impact systems, fixtures, and tups are designed to meet a wide range of applications and testing standards including: ISO, ASTM, ANSI, Airbus, Boeing, BSI, DIN, EN, FDA, Ford, GM, JIS, NASA, GOST, and more.
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Bluehill® Impact is built from the ground up for touch interaction. The Operator Dashboard features large touchpoints to make the user experience simpler and smarter. Easy-to-understand icons and workflows make it easy to train new or experienced users, simplify operator training, and allow you to start testing even faster than ever before
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