Tensile Testing Hair
Tensile testing human hair is a common practice among manufacturers of various hair products, such as shampoos, dyes, and gels. It is important to be able to characterize the strength of hair to determine whether these products weaken or strengthen it. Similar to single strand textiles, there are many challenges associated with tensile testing of hair. Hair is normally very fine and often not long enough to be used in a cord and yarn style grip. In addition, hair is typically inconsistent, so it is important to test large sample sizes.
The challenges of performing this test:
- Specimen preparation
- Testing under non-ambient conditions
- Specimen preparation – Hair may be tested in single strands or multi-strands. When testing multi-strands, we recommend preparing the specimens in such a way that the individual hairs are bonded together. Adhesives, waxes, and other materials can be used to prepare specimens. When testing single strands, pieces of masking tape can be folded and adhered to each end of the specimen to serve as tabs. This helps make handling of the specimens much simpler while reducing the risk of failure at the jaw.
- Testing under non-ambient conditions – To simulate real-world conditions, hair can be tested in the BioPuls™ Bath which allows for testing in water up to 40°C, and can be fitted with submersible pneumatic grips with rubber coated jaw faces.
5900 Universal Testing Systems are engineered for precision, built for durability, and offer the flexibility for changing requirements. They are designed with standard and optional features that increase testing efficiency and improve the testing experience for the operator. A wide range of models are available for testing capacities from < 100N up to 600kN.
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Instron 3300 Series Universal Testing Systems for Tensile, Compression, Bend, and other material property tests.
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Bluehill Universal Software is built from the ground-up for touch interaction and an intuitive user experience. Discover simpler and smarter testing with features such as pre-loaded test methods, QuickTest in seconds, enhanced data exporting: and Instron Connect – a new feature that provides a direct communication link to Service. Users of previous versions of software such as Bluehill 2 and Bluehill 3 can easily upgrade to the newest version of Bluehill.
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The BioPuls submersible pneumatic side action grips and temperature-controlled bath with pneumatic lifting and lowering mechanism is the ideal testing solution for a wide variety of biomedical testing applications.
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