High Elongation Tensile Fatigue Test Machine for Silicone Rubber

Silicone rubber needs to be tested for room temperature applications involving tensile and fatigue loading. That said, silicone rubber is an elastomer that is widely used in industry. It is temperature resistant from -55C to 300C. Silicone can be found in a wide variety of products, including automotive applications; cooking, baking, and food storage products; apparel such as undergarments, sportswear, and footwear; electronics; medical devices and implants; and in home repair and hardware with products such as silicone sealants. Tensile strength, high elongation, tear strength, and compression set and fatigue life are superior to conventional rubber materials. This makes it a good choice in many extreme environments. Compared to organic rubber, however, the tensile and fatigue life require testing to confirm design assumptions.

Applicable Testing Standards

Recommended Test Machine

Recommended Testing Accessories

G175 Pneumatic Wedge Grip

Load ratings from 10 kN to 100 kN (2,250 lbf to 22,500 lbf)
Maximum specimen thicknesses from 16 mm to 22 mm (0.63 in. to 0.87 in.)
Pneumatic actuation eases specimen setup
Self-tightening design

E-LAS Non Contacting Laser Extensometer

Designed for working with environmental chambers
Utilizes clip-on or adhesive markers to determine gage length
Resolution of 1 micron

EC900 High Elongation Extensometer

Designed for applications that deal with very elastic material, such as rubber
No inherent gage length, allowing it to be used for almost any sized specimen
Maximum travel ratings up to 1,100 mm (43 in)
Adjustable clips allow for gripping onto various specimen thicknesses and materials

Temperature Chamber

Standard temperature range of -155°C to 620°C (-247°F to 1150°F)
Accompanied by a broad set of accessories that are capable of withstanding the heat or cold
PID controlled internal temperature
Mounts directly to the test frame