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1. (WO2009127851) SPECIMEN LOADING APPARATUS AND METHOD

Pub. No.:    WO/2009/127851    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2009/050307
Publication Date: Oct 22, 2009 International Filing Date: Mar 30, 2009
IPC: G01M 5/00
G01N 3/32
G01M 7/00
Applicants: NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY CENTRE LIMITED
WAGGOT, Alan
HOPE, Peter
WILLIAMSON, Ian
COURT, Richard
Inventors: WAGGOT, Alan
HOPE, Peter
WILLIAMSON, Ian
COURT, Richard
Title: SPECIMEN LOADING APPARATUS AND METHOD
Abstract:
An apparatus for applying at least one cyclical load to an elongate specimen, comprising at least two reciprocating mass means 1 each comprising a mass (6) and an actuator (16), wherein the actuator (16) is (5) operatively associated with the mass (6) to move the mass (6) along a linear displacement path, mounting means (2) for mounting each actuator (16) to a specimen, and a control system operatively associated with each actuator (16), the control system operating each actuator (16) to reciprocate its corresponding mass (6) along its respective linear displacement path, wherein the reciprocating mass means (1) are spaced apart such that the actuators (16) move their corresponding masses (6) on separate, and substantially parallel, linear displacement paths is disclosed