Averaging Axial Extensometers for Large Compression Samples – Model 3542RA

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Designed primarily for compressive strength tests on rock, concrete and other large compression samples, this model measures axial strain on opposite sides of the test specimen, and the output is an average of the two readings. Gauge lengths from 25 to 200 mm (1 to 8 inches) and measuring ranges from 1.2 to 6 mm (0.050 to 0.250 inches) are available.

The Model 3542RA is available in a variety of configurations. All are self-supporting on the specimen and mount very easily. For tests where a single diameter specimen is typically used, the fixed diameter Model 3542RA1 is recommended. For applications where a continuously adjustable diameter extensometer is required, the Model 3542RA2 is available. The standard configuration for this model allows it to work on samples from 50 mm to 150 mm (2 inches to 6 inches). If desired, the two readings can be independent, providing two outputs. Many rock tests are done in tri-axial pressure vessels. Epsilon has versions for use in oil to 1360 bar at 200 °C (20,000 psi at 400 °F). These will fit in unusually small inside diameter vessels. For small diameter specimens, we suggest the Model 3442RA1 averaging axial extensometer.

All Model 3542RA extensometers are designed so they may be used together with the Model 3544 circumferential or Model 3975 diametral extensometer. Epsilon’s rock extensometers can withstand the punishment of daily, high volume testing. Some units have been used for several thousand tests without damage.The conical point contacts included with the extensometer are made from tungsten carbide.

Model 3542RA extensometers are strain gaged devices, making them compatible with any electronics designed for strain gaged transducers. Most often they are connected to a test machine controller with electronics for a strain channel, and Epsilon will equip the extensometer with a compatible connector that is wired to plug directly into the controller. For systems lacking the required electronics, Epsilon can provide a variety of signal conditioning solutions that enable connecting to data acquisition systems or other equipment.

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