What is a Bend Test?
Evaluating the quality of a material by it's ability to resist cracking or deformation during a bend
Bend tests deform the test material at the midpoint causing a concave surface or a bend to form without the occurrence of fracture and are typically performed to determine the ductility or resistance to fracture of that material. Unlike in a flexure test the goal is not to load the material until failure but rather to deform the sample into a specific shape. Bending tests are as popular as tensile test, compression test, and fatigue tests.
How to Perform a Bend Test?
To perform a bend test, the test sample is loaded into a bend test machine with a bend fixture in a way that creates a concave surface at the midpoint with a specified radius of curvature according to the standard in relation to which the test is performed.
What is the Purpose of Bend Testing?
Bend testing a material allows for the determination of that materials ductility, bend strength, fracture strength and resistance to fracture. These characteristics can be used to determine whether a material will fail under pressure and are especially important in any construction process involving ductile materials loaded with bending forces. If a material begins to fracture or completely fractures during a three or four point bend test it is valid to assume that the material will fail under a similar in any application, which may lead to catastrophic failure.
What Are the Four Common Types of Bend Tests?
There are four common types of bend tests. In a guided bend test, the sample is placed horizontally across two supports and then a force applied to the top of the midpoint deforming the sample into a “U” shape. In a semi-guided bend test, the specimen’s midpoint is bent to a specific angle or inside radius. In a free bend test, the ends of the sample are pushed together, but no force is applied to the bend itself. Finally, a common fracture toughness test (ASTM E399) consists of a sample with a precracked starter crack on the bottom side of the midpoint which is loaded into a 3-point bend fixture so that the midpoint force is applied on the opposite face from the fracture.
What Are the Different Types of Materials Used in Bending Applications?
Generally a bending test is performed on metals or metallic materials but can also be applied to any substance that can experience plastic deformation, such as polymers and plastics. These materials can take any feasible shape but when used in a bend test most commonly appear in sheets, strips, bars, shells, and pipes. Bend test machines are normally used on materials that have an acceptably high ductility.
Common Use of Bend Tests:
One of the more popular uses of bend testing is in the area of welds. The purpose of bend testing welds is to make sure that the weld has properly fused to the parent metal and that the weld itself does not contain any defects that may cause it to fail when it experiences bending stresses. The sample weld is deformed using a guided bend test so that it forms a “U” subjecting the material on the outer surface to a tensile force and the material on the inside to a compressive force. If the weld holds and shows no sign of fracture it has passed the test and is deemed an acceptable weld.
What Are the Common Bend Test Standards?
- ASTM A370 Tensile Bend Strength Steel Test Equipment
- ASTM C1018 Fiber Reinforced Concrete Flexural Toughness Equipment
- ASTM C1161 Flexural Bend Ceramics Test Equipment
- ASTM C1499 Equibiaxial Flexural Ceramics Test Equipment
- ASTM C158 Flexural Bend Testing for Glass
- ASTM C393 Flexural Sandwich Composites Test Equipment
- ASTM C580 Flexural Modulus Elasticity Mortar Grout Polymer Concretes Test Equipment
- ASTM C947 Flexural Bend Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete Test Equipment
- ASTM D143 Timber Clear Specimen Test Equipment
- ASTM D2344 short-beam testing of polymer matrix composite materials
- ASTM D6272 Four Point Flexural Bend Test Machine for Plastics and Insulating Materials
- ASTM D7249 Facing of Sandwich Testing by Long Beam Flexure Equipment
- ASTM D747 Bend Testing of Plastics by Means of a Cantilever Beam
- ASTM D7774 Flexural Fatigue Test Equipment for Plastics
- ASTM D790 Testing for Flexural Properties of Plastics and Insulating Materials
- ASTM F394 Biaxial Flexure Strength (Modulus of Rupture) of Ceramic Substrates
- ISO 178 3 Point Bend of Plastics | Flexural Test Machines & Equipment
- ISO 6872 Flexural Strength Dentistry Ceramics
- ISO 7438 Bend Testing of Metal
- IPC JEDEC 9702 Monotonic Bend Testing Interconnects - Board Level
What Are the Common Compression Testing Applications?
- Ceramic High Temperature Material Testing Equipment 1000C (1800F) | Ceramics Research Spotlight
- Equibiaxial Bend Testing of Silicon Wafer Material
- Flexural Test of Wood Products with Three Point Bend Fixture
- Flex Bend Test of Electronics
- Guided Bend Test of Metal Welds
- Metal Ductility Bend Test
- Weld Ductility Bend Test
- Weld Strength Tests using Guided Bend and Tensile Fixtures | Equipment
- Wood Based Products Static Bend Test | ASTM D1037 | Equipment
- Wood Static Bend Test | ASTM D143 | Equipment
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