A compact, bench-mounting frame that holds different parts for investigations into stiffness of materials. The standard TE16 includes parts for tests in bending of beams of different materials and cross-section. Optional additional kits allow investigations into different beam fixings and torsional stiffness.
The main part is a rigid metal frame. Supplied as standard are two adjustable knife edges that work as simple supports for test beams. A linear scale on the back panel of the frame allows accurate positioning of the knife edges. The kit also includes weights, a magnetic dial gauge and a set of different beams. Also included in the standard TE16 kit is a vernier gauge for students to accurately measure dimensions of the specimens they test.
Students add different loads to the beams using weights on a hanger. The dial gauge indicator on the back panel accurately measures beam deflection.
The Additional Experimentation Kit (TE16a), available as an optional extra, enables further investigations into a simple cantilever, a propped cantilever and an encastre beam. The Additional Torsion Testing Kit (TE16b) is also available as an optional extra. It allows torsion tests on solid rods of different materials and a tube.
Standard TE16 Kit:
- Investigation of the stiffness in bending of different materials of the same cross-section (Young’s modulus/stiffness)
- Investigation of the stiffness of a single material with different cross-section geometries (second moment of area, or I value)
When used with the optional TE16a:
- Experiments to find the deflected shape of a beam and bending of a beam clamped at one end (a cantilever).
- Comparison of a simply supported beam, a cantilever and an encastre beam.
When used with the optional TE16b:
- Experiments to find the relationship between angular deflection and the dimensional and material properties of rods and tubes (torsional stiffness).
Today we celebrate the contribution that Thomas Young made to the field of engineering, born exactly 245 years ago in 1773 (13 June 1773 – 10 May 1829).
A bench top frame with load cells and cantilevers for the study of deflection and forces on different types of beams for a wide range of supports and loads; also demonstrates Young's modulus.