State-of-the-art Engineering Equipment

EM-118 | Strut Buckling Apparatus

  • Investigation of all relevant buckling cases
  • Experiments in the horizontal or vertical position
  • Test bars with different lengths made of different materials
  • Test bars pinned or fixed
  • Spindle for applying forces
  • Lateral load mechanism generates shear forces
  • Force measurement using a hydraulic dynamometer
  • Measurement of lateral deflection with a dial gauge
  • L x W x H: 620x450x1150mm
  • Weight: approx. 63kg
Technical Specification
In engineering mechanics, loss of stability is known as buckling. The bar axis laterally deflects under the effect of compressive forces and with increasing load until it suddenly and violently fails, just before the fracture strength is reached. The stresses in the bar are often still in the elastic region. Investigates the buckling behavior of bars under different influences. All relevant buckling problems are demonstrated in experiments. In this experiment, a bar is clamped or supported at both ends in the experimental unit, depending on the buckling case. A height-adjustable loading member and a hand-operated spindle are used to apply a compressive force to the bar. An axial support between the spindle and bar support prevents torsional stress on the test bar. The applied force is hydraulically measured and displayed on a force gauge. A dial gauge indicates the lateral deflection of the bar. Experiments demonstrate how various factors such as bar length, material and support type affect the buckling behavior. Additional shear forces can be generated on the test bar by means of a lateral load mechanism. The experiments can be conducted in a vertical or horizontal position; the force gauge can be rotated by 90°.
  • quantity: 11
  • bar lengths: 350…700mm (max.)
  • materials: aluminium, copper, brass, steel, GFRP
  • cross-sections: 10x4mm, 25x6mm, 25x10mm
  • force: max. 2000N
  • stroke: max. 10mm
  • 1x 5N (hanger), 3x 5N
  • force: 0…2500N, graduation: 50N
  • deflection: 0…20mm, graduation: 0,01mm