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The mechanical performance laboratory of the IAM/JRC in Petten houses a range of universal and bend testing machines, used to generate tensile, creep, fatigue and crack growth data on structural materials. A decentralised concept of data automation is implemented, in which each group of testing machines is equipped with a dedicated PC for control and data acquisition purposes. All PCs are linked in a network, allowing data analysis and editing from any computer in the network and enabling the transfer of files to other users such as, for example, the High Temperature Materials Data Bank. The major criteria for selecting the chosen concept are user friendliness and flexibility. The potential of the automation system is illustrated with the help of examples relating to the computer assisted alignment of a test specimen in a testing machine, to thermo-mechanical fatigue testing and to a computer vision system for the in situ tracking of microcracks during thermo-mechanical fatigue testing.

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Authors: BRACKE G, JRC Petten (NL);BRESSERS J, JRC Petten (NL);STEEN M, JRC Petten (NL);OVER H H, JRC Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 5th International Spring Meeting on Automation in Fatigue and Fracture Testing and Analysis, Paris (FR), June 15-17, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 36831 ORA
Record Number: 199210693 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en