Tensile Testing up to 10kN

available as sub-stage (Module) or entire "Tensile Stage" up to 10kN ! EBSD compatible Version available too.

DDS 3 SystemTensile Testing or Tensile/Compression Testing up to 10kN


This tensile module (compression as option) for the SEM (and a limited selection of “Atomic Force Microscops”) fits on the sample stage just like an oversize specimen. The test objects should be 20 to 60 mm long, not thicker than 5 mm.

The tensile lead screws of the load frame are threaded with right and left pitches at their opposite ends. So the area in the middle from where the specimen elongates in both directions, will stand almost perfectly still.

The PC-controlled microprocessor electronics (DDS-3) with a large software package (MDS) is part of the standard shipment. A great number of test parameters and experiments routines are menue-guided, and easy to use. The program is especially suitable for cyclic tests. Many sub routines, such as compensation of the device’s individual flexure and online recording of the modulus of elasticity are integrated. Furthermore crack recognition, ramping, and many other functions are included. E.g. Video capturing is availble as option and many further features more.

Alternatively a starter system with manual controller is available.

The manual controller has a hand held unit with display for displacement and load, and a keypad with poti for smooth speed setting. Up and down keys with arrows are marked for the loading/relaxing direction. At the rear of the controllers, a USB-Port supports measurements data.

Application note Bruker EBSD and Tensile Module 5kN

For system overview: see video


Static or dynamic observations of surface changes under controlled mechanical load, crack growth, delamination phenomenae, formation of slip planes etc.

Metals, ceramics, glass, ceramic bulk materials or layers, galvanic coatings, soldered or welded joints, minerals, wood, organic materials.

This materials testing, device fits most of today’s SEM specimen stages. Four small standoffs allow to place it under a light microscope, AFM, Laser- or Raman microscope.

    • Load ranges: from 10µN up to 5000 N (10kN option)
    • Specimen dimensions in mm (max. sizes): 60 x 10 x 5
    • Deformations speed range: 0.3 to 50 µm/sec. Other speed ranges on request.
    • Displacement: The module is equipped with a linear encoder displacement gauge. This gauge covers the total displacement range up to 45mm, with a resolution of 100nm.
    • Electrical connection: 230/110 VAC.
    • Module dimensions in mm (w x h x l): 150 x 55 x 220.
  • Load cells: 10N, 20N, 50N, 100N, 200N, 500N, 1kN, 2kN, 5kN, 10kN
  • Extensometer: Range: +/- 1mm, resolution: <100nm; other on request
  • Heating / Cooling: from room temperature up to 800° C or
    +/- 100° C, incl. PID-controller.
  • Specimen clamping: for loads >500N, <500N, round shaped specimen, choose out of more than 30 different custom tailored clamps
  • Adaptation for: EBSP, Diffractometer, AFM or Synchotron application.
  • Video-Extensometer: VEDDAC-strain
  • Image-Capture: reviewing the image along the data courve
  • Software interface for remote control e.g. LabView
  • ...

Choice between manual controller (Starter system), and microprocessor controller (DDS-3) with interface and software (MDS) for PC-operation.

Modularity / Flexibility

Our Systems can be adapted to your needs of today. Let´s talk about it and select an item out of a number of add-ons that are available already. If it is not developed yet, let´s do it, to get your task solved.


This system is a number of a group of testing substages which may all run from the same controller.

Ask for more detailed description of the stage and computer control.

Tensile module 5kN

10 kN Tensile/Compression Module

Tensile module EBSD compatible

10 kN Tensile/Compression Module EBSD compatible

Specimen dimensions

Typical specimen dimensions

DDS3 Controller with Remote Controll

DDS-3 Controller with Remote Controll

Typical tensile curve

Typical tensile test curve

Heating module for EBSD or horizontal use. (build -in or stand-alone)

Multi use heating module (build-in or stand-alone)

Tensile module EBSD with build-in heating module

Mini-Extensometer side view

Extensometer side view

Mini-Extensometer side view

Mini-Extensometer on specimen

Mini-Extensometer on specimen

Mini-Extensometer build in

Mini-Extensometer build in


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