Mechanical Testing Laboratory

The Mechanical Testing Laboratory is the centerpiece among the laboratories of the Klokner Institute of the Czech Technical University. It is equipped with several hydraulic and mechanical testing systems that are capable of testing the properties of tiny samples as well as large building structures.

The Mechanical Testing Laboratory performs tests to determine the mechanical properties of metals, alloys and welds at normal, elevated and reduced temperatures or after induction of artificial aging. It also performs mechanical tests of plastic welds.

List of activities of the Mechanical Testing Laboratory

The Mechanical Testing Laboratory is equipped with a number of instruments for standardized tests as well as sensors such as load cells, torque sensors, displacement sensors, strain gauges (extensometers), temperature sensors, crack opening sensors, or concrete structure deformation sensors.

The Mechanical Testing Laboratory provides:

  • tensile tests
  • impact tests in bending
  • strength tests
  • upsetting tests
  • pipe expansion tests
  • pipe pressing tests
  • ring-expanding pipe test
  • ring tensile pipe test

and other tests. The key testing systems include the Instron 3,000 kN for compression tests (compressive strength of concrete), the Amsler 2,000 kN for tensile tests (prestressing cables, prestressing rods, electrical insulators) and also the WPM 6,000 kN or Amsler 10,000 kN compression machines which has a spindle length of over 6.5 m and therefore allows for testing of very tall structural elements. There is also the MTS 500 kN machine for dynamic tests.