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TÜV Rheinland Offers Tensile & Compression Testing Capabilities


TÜV Rheinland

Aliquippa, Penn., October 25, 2013– TV Rheinland Industrial Solutions (TRIS), a full-service inspection, testing and certification company, expands the range of tensile and compression load test capabilities with its hydraulic machine calibrated from 10,000 lb. to 1 million lb. of pressure. Located in Aliquippa, Penn., TRIS is the only laboratory in the area and one of a few in North America to offer such exceptionally powerful testing capabilities.

Materials for testing on the machine include ferrous and non-ferrous metals, composites, elastomeric, plastics, rubber wood, and cables and ropes ranging from 3” to 180” long and up to 48” wide. A variety of industries and R&D projects where products must be tested to their breaking point to ensure safety and durability will benefit from the equipment’s capabilities. The industries include construction, structural and mechanical engineering, mining, rubber, rail, automotive, aircraft and fabrication.

TRIS tests a variety of products, including rebar, all-thread, rolled bar, railroad buckles, welds and bonded joints, concrete cylinders, mine support walls, straps, rubber bridge bearing pads, jack and load cell calibrations, and crane hooks.

The machine consists of two strong supports and a hydraulic platen used to apply the load. The load cell, a force transducer, measures the weight. The TÜV Rheinlandmovable cross head is controlled to move up or down, typically at a designated speed. When extension or deformation is measured, the tests might require that inspectors measure the response of the test specimen to the movement of the cross head. The TRIS team employs extensometers to measure the force and, at times, dial indicators to measure deflection. A variety of test fixtures and jaws are used depending on the test method, procedure and the sample tested. The machine is equipped with a digital display and computer interface for analysis and printing of the stress strain curve.

TRIS inspectors periodically calibrate the machine according to the governing regulations, its own quality system as well as per the ISO 17025 and A2LA accreditations and for the NIST traceability requirements.

TRIS provides both field and laboratory inspection services, including all NDT methods, QC/QA functions, proof loading, calibrations, tensile testing (including ultimate strength, yield, elongation and reduction of area), compression, shear testing and slow bend testing.

A subsidiary of TUV Rheinland North America, TRIS is ISO 17025 certified and Nadcap accredited. For more information, visit

About TÜV Rheinland

Founded in 1872, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent testing, inspection, and certification services, ensuring quality and safety for people, the environment and technology in nearly all aspects of life. The company maintains a presence in 500 locations spanning 65 countries, employs 17,200 people and has an annual revenue of $2 billion (€1.5 billion). TÜV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects and helps to shape processes for a wide variety of companies through its worldwide network of approved labs, testing facilities and education centers. Since 2006, the company has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption. For more information, visit

Published Date : 11/6/2013

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