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Extensometers for Creep Compliance and Tensile Strength Testing of Asphalt – Model 3910

Epsilon Model 3910 Extensometer

Designed for asphalt core testing applications with core samples having 100 and 150 mm (4 and 6 inch) diameters. The unit meets test method requirements for strain measurement developed under the U.S. Federal Highways SHRP program.

These extensometers are for creep compliance, tensile strength testing and dynamic resilient modulus testing. They are single integral, bi-axial units which measure both lateral and vertical deformations. They quickly clip onto gage points mounted per the test requirements. They mount much faster and easier than other types.

Two units are typically required, with one extensometer mounting to each side of the test specimen. They are changeable from the 1 inch centers used for 4 inch diameter specimens, to the 1.5 inch centers used for 6 inch diameter samples using optional gauge length adapters. Magnets at each end of the extensometer snap instantly in place on the steel gage points glued to the test sample. The quick attachment is most advantageous when testing pre-conditioned samples that are heated or cooled, since the extensometers can be mounted before the sample changes temperature appreciably.

The standard Model 3909 has full scale measuring range of ±1.0 mm (0.040 inches). Gauge points are included with the extensometers and an optional gluing fixture is available. Two standard 3909 units can be converted to the Model 3910 with the purchase of optional gauge length adapters.

The Model 3909 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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