AMTEL provides access to a wide range of test machines and equipment to investigate material behavior. The lab includes test frames with a range of tension-tension and tension-torsion loading at rates appropriate for creep testing up to high cycle fatigue analysis. Each of these machines can additionally be coupled with a broad range of temperature control capabilities.

Machine capacities vary from 10 N to 400 kN for sample dimensions ranging from microns to centimeters. In conjuction with these servohydraulic and screw driven load frames, AMTEL has developed a state-of-the-art optical stress analysis lab with modern tools for Digital Image Correlation (DIC), Photoelastic Stress Analysis (PSA), Thermoelastic Stress Analysis (TSA) as well as Thermography capabilities for nondestructive testing. Metallic, polymer, semiconductor, biological, ceramic, and composite samples can be tested to study the fatigue, creep and fracture behavior of materials and components.

LOAD Frames

CRITERION C43.104E Tall Dual Column 10kN Frame:

  • Force Capacity: 10 kN (2.2 kip)
  • Max Speed: 2000 mm/min (78.7 in/min)
  • Tabletop configuration
  • Vertical Test Space: 1500 mm (59.1 in)
  • Distance Between Columns: 425 mm (16.7 in)

Psylotech’s μTS is specifically designed to keep a sample in- plane during testing. The result is a sophisticated instrument well suited for:

• Continuum Model Validation of finite element analysis through multi-scale testing
• Miniature Sample Testing to facilitate material development where quantities can be low
• Unprecedented Versatility to enable implementation of new experimental techniques

Psylotech’s μTS includes a wide range of features which separate it from any other under-microscope system currently on the market today. These features allow for new possibilities in material testing applications in addition to novel experimental techniques. Such as -Large Grip Variety

Max Loading: +/- 220N, 45N, or 10N
Max Displacement: 13 mm
Max Frequency: 300Hz
Temperature Range: -150 to 315°C

Striker bar max speed: 300 ft/s
Incident/Transmission Bar Diameter: 0.75 in

Diagnostic Equipment

Measures and visualizes full-field, 3-Dimensional measurements of shape, displacement, and strain on a surface

Measures displacements down to nanometer resolution (dependent upon the size of the object), 

Strains from 100 microstrain to 2000% and above are possible with down to 50 microstrain resolution.  

Simple system setup, requires a quick calibration procedure and an applied random speckle pattern.

No special illumination or lasers required and there is no contact with the specimen during testing.

Pattern Preparation Area:


  • Field of view (zoom range): 0.8mm-7mm
  • Full-field measurements of 3D coordinates, displacements, velocities, and complete strain tensors
  • Automatic calibration
  • Image pairs can be automatically overlapped with a simple adjustment
  • Powerful tools for visualizing data
  • Contour displays which can be overlaid onto images of the test specimen
  • Data extraction from 3D plots based on user defined lines and circles


  • Post-processing tools for statistical analysis, stress-strain curves, and more
  • Convenient exporting of data with the FLEXPortTM data tool
  • Data can be exported in Tecplot/plain ASCII, Matlab, and STL formats
  • Node data can be easily extracted for FEA validation

Sample Preparation

The GIGA-1200 is designed to prepare even the most difficult to polish materials with a very gentle polishing action. Polishing is accomplished by setting the default frequency so that the sample begins to vibrate and then changing the voltage in order to adjust the rotational speed. The GIGA-1200 features an interchangeable polishing bowl and a variety of specimen holders and weight (quoted separately), FRP hood, heavy duty aluminum casting base, acrylic cover and durable plastic bowl.

• Sweep frequency eliminates standing waves and creates consistent cavitation throughout tank
• 40kHz rugged industrial transducers
• 99–minute digital timer and continuous ultrasonic operation
• Can be heated up to 69°C/156.2°F and set for either Fahrenheit or Celsius
• Ultrasonic power tracking immediately brings the tank’s frequency back to its optimum point
• Control circuitry actively tracks the operating frequency of cleaner
• Degassing and conditioning the solution can be set up to 99 minutes
• Plastic body, chemical-resistant
• Extended degas time periods allow for “beyond cleaning” applications such as sample preparation, which includes degassing liquids, mixing and homogenization, dissolving solids, cell lysing, and dispersion of particles
• Programmable functionality allows user to choose the temperature set point at which degassing and ultrasonic time periods are triggered to begin
• Automatic ultrasonic activation (ultrasonic cycle begins once set point temperature is reached)
• High/low power control allows user to lower the amplitude of the acoustic energy in cleaner (100% power to tank for normal applications, 70% power for delicate applications)
• Features an energy-saving Sleep mode. When cycle is complete and no control keys are touched for 15 minutes, unit goes into sleep mode. Touching any key on the controller causes the unit to come back on
• High-temp safety alarm indicator
• Controls are located above and behind cleaning tank in an easily accessible control tower panel, and raised above tank to avoid damage from cleaning solutions.

Low/Medium Speed Precision Cutting Saw

• Internal coolant pump and Digital feedback speed control. Ideal for all materials and User friendly

• Variable wheel speeds from 50- 1500 rpm with digital feedback for constant speed control

• Accepts thin 3 (75 mm) to 7-inch 175 mm) wafering blade diameters •Capable of using 6 and 7-inch abrasive blades with 1/2-inch arbor (12.5 mm)

• Built-in digital micrometer