Compression fixtures should be selected to suit the contact area of the sample which is to be tested. They are typically available as round, square or rectangular plates with either a threaded connection or a quick change (that we refer to as 'QC') fixing. A variety of surface finishes and configurations are provided:

  • nickel plated compression plates have a coating, which helps to prevent rust
  • hardened and ground compression plates have a smooth, scratch-proof surface ideal for compression testing on samples such as tempered springs which could damage a standard compression plate
  • rubber-faced compression plates have a protective layer, which helps to prevent damage from metal-to-metal contact during a compression test
  • self-levelling compression plates are ideal for precise compression testing on a range of materials and finished products - self-levelling allows exact parallelism to be set between the upper and lower plates, ideal for those applications where it is critical to accurately measure the deformation of a sample
  • vented compression plates are ideal for top-load/crush testing of materials or products which contain air (e.g. empty PET bottles, foam, etc.) - it allows for release of air from within the container whilst it is being compressed thereby avoiding potential measurement errors caused by measuring the force to compress the internal air



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