Rugged, Long Gauge Length Extensometers – Model 3543

Rugged, Long Gauge Length Extensometers – Model 3543

Manufactured by Epsilon Technology Corp

Rugged, Long Gauge Length Extensometers – Model 3543. This model is available in gauge lengths from 50 mm (2 inches) and larger, with measuring ranges up to 100 mm (4 inches). The unique design separates into two halves and the extensometer may be left on through specimen failure. These extensometers are widely used where long samples are required. They are ideal for testing steel re-bar, weld joints, and wire materials.

Rugged, Long Gauge Length Extensometers – Model 3543 Features 

With over 15 years of proven reliability in the world’s most demanding testing environments, Model 3543 extensometer is designed to survive in those applications where standard axial extensometers would not. Designed by Epsilon, the Model 3543 was created to survive specimen failure by separating into two halves, thus preventing permanent damage to the module body. During operation, the upper half of the extensometer pulls out of the main body. Tapered measuring beams activate strain gaged flexures within the unit. This unique design allows long measuring ranges, yet retains compatibility with electronics for strain gaged transducers. These models offer high accuracy and are lightweight but rugged, with low operating force. They are tension only units.

The units have hardened tool steel knife edges. Standard quick attach wires provided with the extensometer work on flat specimens up to 12 x 31 mm (0.5 x 1.25 inch) and on rounds up to 25 mm (1 inch) diameter. Optional quick attach kit wire forms are available for use on larger samples. See Model 3542L for long gauge lengths with smaller measuring ranges.

Model 3543 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.

Rugged, Long Gauge Length Extensometers – Model 3543 Features 

  • Specifically designed to withstand testing through failure for specimens with rough or non-uniform surfaces such as rebar.
  • The unit is designed so that the two halves of the extensometer come apart to prevent damage at specimen failure.
  • Designed for non-reversed tension only testing. This model is not intended for strain control, cyclic or compressive testing.
  • Full bridge, 350 ohm strain gaged design for compatibility with nearly any test system.
  • Rugged design for reliable testing.
  • Standard quick attach kit for quick mounting to specimens.
  • Hardened tool steel knife edges are easily replaced. A spare set comes with every extensometer.
  • High temperature options extend operation to +150 °C (300 °F).
  • Replaceable arms and spacers for ease of repair. The optional gauge length spacers allow the gauge length of the extensometer to be easily increased for different testing requirements.
  • Includes the Epsilon Shunt Calibration System for on-site electrical calibration.
  • Includes high quality foam lined case.

Rugged, Long Gauge Length Extensometers – Model 3543 Specifications

Excitation: 5 to 10 VDC recommended, 12 VDC or VAC max.

Output: 2 to 4 mV/V nominal, depending on model

Accuracy: Standard configurations meet ASTM Class B-2 requirements for accuracy. Suitable for measuring 0.2% offset yield stress, plastic deformation and elongation at failure. For measuring modulus and yield strain, Model 3542, 3542L or Epsilon ONE® is required.

Linearity: ≤0.20% of full scale measuring range

Temperature Range: Standard (-ST) is 1 °C to +100 °C (33 °F to 210 °F)

Cable: Ultra-flexible cable, 2.5 m (8 ft) standard

Standard Quick Attach Kit: Fits round samples up to 25 mm (1.0 inch) diameter and flats to 12 mm thick by 31 mm wide (0.5 inch by 1.25 inch)

Operating Force: 125 g typical

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