Instron hydraulic wedge action grips may be used in static or dynamic materials testing applications, interchangeable wedge-shape grip faces accommodating either flat or round specimens.
The grips maintain a constant gripping force on the specimen regardless of the test forces acting upon it, as long as there is hydraulic pressure to the grips.
Principle of Operation
Each grip functions independently of the other,
an external hydraulic supply providing pressure to both open and close the grips.
When gripping pressure is applied, the relative vertical position of the specimen/jaw faces remains unchanged to prevent specimen load generation during the gripping process.
Once the grip faces contact the specimen the hydraulic pressure produces a vertical force on
the grip head. The grip force will remain constant as the design automatically compensates for specimen thickness changes.