Heavy-duty 3-point bend

 FTC heavy duty 3-point bend BC-1The FTC heavy duty three point bend set (BC-1) assembly is a simple, rugged bending fixture for products requiring higher test forces such as poultry bones and plant stalks. The test cell has two adjustable support fulcrums of 85 mm (3.3 in) in height on the base, which can be positioned anywhere along the 200 mm (8 in) adjustment slot, to accommodate a wide range of products.

The contact surfaces are made from stainless steel rods while the balance of the test cell is made from hard anodized aluminum. The upper pressure rod is attached via an FTC dove tail adaptor to load cells rated from 1000 N or higher. Force can be applied to samples either symmetrically or asymmetrically, depending on the needs of the user.

  

Applications

 FTC heavy duty 3-point bend BC-1

  • Crispness of vegetable crudités
  • Break strength of chocolate bars to predict transport damage
  • Crispness in staling of potato chips
  • Brittleness and hardness of hard baked biscuits
  • Flexure and softness of American style cookies
  • Freshness of asparagus spears
  • Brittleness and flexure of spaghetti and lasagne sheets
  • Snap force of tablets
  • Break strength of tortilla shells
  • Softening in celery stalks

 

Contents and summary

 

Part Number Description
432-024 FTC HEAVY DUTY THREE-POINT BEND - MODEL BC-1
Large scale three point bend assembly with 85mm high arms and 200mm support span. Ideal for large samples such as bananas which are tested whole and generate higher forces. Use with 1000N and 2500N load cells with dove tail adaptor.

NOTES

Can be used in conjunction with:

Maximum rating 2500 N

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