The demands of modern, technically sophisticated designs require a solid understanding of the strength and deformation of components. Different load states can be simulated in load experiments and the reaction to the load recorded and analysed. This makes it possible to demonstrate the load bearing capacity of the design by means of experiment. The SE 100 frame for load tests has been designed specifically for experiments in the fields of steelwork and civil engineering. Large components at a 1:1 scale are studied.
The frame is delivered in prefabricated parts that must be assembled on site. This makes it possible to transport the separate parts through normal doorways. The frame is set up on four adjustable and vibration-damping feet. The generous operating area is designed as a double frame so that longer components can also be studied.
The design of the frame means experiments can be conducted quickly and without complicated assembly. The unit offers a very wide range of possibilities in conjunction with the accessories and the load application device.
The hydraulically operated load application device, available as accessory SE 100.12, includes a double-action hydraulic cylinder and a hand-operated pump mounted on a table.
The load application device is mounted on rollers and can be positioned at any point on the upper cross-member of the frame. Depending on the experimental setup, it is also possible to use two load application devices (SE 100.02) and therefore generate several forces. The bending is indicated by means of dial gauges, available as accessory SE 100.03.
Large components such as reinforced concrete beams, girders or steel frames can be subjected to loads and investigated experimentally. The SE 100.04 accessory is available for experiments on trusses. The forces on typical bars of the truss are recorded by means of strain gauges.