Mechanics have been around since the first hominid started using stone tools. It is a complex, detail-oriented science, and it takes knowledgeable, detail-oriented people to properly test. At ARL we have over 16 years of experience in Mechanical Testing and can help you isolate problems or verify specifications. We also have access to a large variety of equipment to meet your testing needs, including a 6000 lbf Electrodynamic Shock and Vibration System. In fact, our lab has two electrodynamic vibration shakers (one with a slip table), and a high-performance hydraulic shaker. We also have two shock towers that allow us to reach shocks up to 10,000g over short to long pulse width durations. This equipment allows us the capability to run sine, random and classic shock profiles on customer hardware and record product response.
ARL also has capability to run tensile and compression tests of your product materials to determine important strength characteristics. Recording the force and elongation provides the tensile curve containing the yield strength, the ultimate tensile strength and the elongation. Drop testing of packaged and unpackaged products are performed to desired test heights and impact surfaces with our automated system. Additionally, we frequently design specialized test apparatus to evaluate product mechanical fatigue, wear-out and end-of-life. This is very beneficial to determine product performance and life expectancy of the mechanical aspects of your product.
Transportation and operational tests are also utilized as part of our Mechanical Testing strategies to qualify your product and measure strength versus stress in order for us to determine the appropriate standard for your product.