Testing Mechanical Properties with a Linkam Modular Force Stage

Mechanical testing with the Linkam Modular Force Stage (MFS) can be utilized to support all kinds of different research fields, including polymers, food science, medical devices, wound care products, biomaterials, and pharmaceutical compounds. The modularity of the Modular Force Stage continues to grow as Linkam continues to enhance this system; you can currently measure tensile strength, fracture modes, and analysis, modulus, and elasticity of materials.

MFS grips are a key component of the system and Linkam is always increasing the number of grip options available, including tensile testing, compressions testing, three-point bending, and probing a liquid cell with electrical connections. We are always happy to discuss custom grips.

Linkam MFS stage options
The Linkam MFS has many options available, and can be customized for your testing needs.

Force beam strength and resolution are critical depending on your sample type, and now Linkam offers four different options:

  • 2N force beam with 0.00001N resolution
  • 20N force beam with 0.0001N resolution
  • 200N force beam with 0.001N resolution
  • 600N force beam with 0.01N resolution

Do you need to heat or cool your sample as it’s being tested within the MFS? Linkam can provide a system with liquid nitrogen cooling capability down to -195C, upper limit heating of 350C, ambient base plates for biological applications, and now offers a 350C vacuum-compatible heating plate for beamline applications. Use the intuitive LINK software to plot and record temperature, force, and grip distance data.

Data produced while using the Linkam MFS stage.
LINK software can plot and record temperature, force, and grip distance data.

Finally, Linkam has added even more functionality, including atmospheric humidity control with the Linkam RH95 controller, and electrical connections enabling electrical measurement on the sample during testing.

Linkam MFS humidity stage
Combine temperature control, tensile strength measurement, and relative humidity, all in one system.

In this case study, learn how Dr. Hannah Leese, an independent researcher at the University of Bath, is breaking new ground in POC diagnostics for nanomedicine, and improving understanding of the mechanical properties of novel materials.

Contact us today and submit your samples for a free evaluation and demonstration.


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