DROP TOWERS

Our products are a test system for performing single- and multi-axial impact tests on standardized products and specimens. The systems allow impact energies ranging from 0.2 to 2000 J to be set, enabling a wide range of products and materials to be tested, thanks in part to the large volume available for specimen placement.

New EA series

DROP TOWERS

Our products are a test system for performing single- and multi-axial impact tests on standardized products and specimens. The systems allow impact energies ranging from 0.2 to 2000 J to be set, enabling a wide range of products and materials to be tested, thanks in part to the large volume available for specimen placement.

High reliability

High efficiency

Modular structure for the wide range of applications

Automated weight recovery and speed reading system

Benefits

New EA series
DESCRIPTION
DW625
DW1000
DWT2000
Fall height
[m]
0,05 – 1,3
0,05 – 1,4
0,05 – 1,4
Impact velocity with acceleration
[m/s]
10,0
10,0
20,0
Impact velocity
[m/s]
5,0
5,0
5,0
Speed measurement
with optical sensor
with optical sensor
with optical sensor
Energy range
[J]
625
1000
2000
Fall weight
[kg]
50
70
70
Fall weight with acceleration
[kg]
12,5 (10 m/s)
20 (10 m/s)
40 (10 m/s)
10 (20 m/s)
Acquisition speed (load signal)
[MHz]
3.5
3.5
3.5
SIGNAL STRENGTH RESOLUTION
[BIT]
16
16
16
Foot load point
[N/cm2]
12000
16000
22000
Compressed air
[bar]
6-8
6-8
6-8
Machine dimensions W x D x H
[mm]
700x
850x
3000
800/1400×
800/1400×
3500
800/1400×
800/1400×
3500
Dimensions of Test Area W x D x H
[mm]
500x
600x
500
640/1240×
800/1400×
650
640/1240×
800/1400×
650
Machine weight
[kg]
600
1100
1400

All versions of drop towers are equipped with direct velocity readout and an automatic impactor recovery and positioning system we also offer a wide range of easily modified supports, masses, fixtures, and accessories for puncture resistance tests, tensile impact tests, and wedge peel tests along with compression and component tests

To complete the offerings in addition to the wide range of standard accessories, there is the possibility of collaborating with STEP Lab to develop the equipment that most closely matches the customer’s needs.

  • Ease of operation thanks to an intuitive user interface
  • High safety due to door locks that are activated upon machine reset
  • Pneumatic system for drop weight release
  • Automated weight lifting and positioning
  • Variable drop height
  • Impact velocity up to 5.0 m/s (up to 20 m/s with spring preload system)
  • Set of standard drop weights: weights from 0.5 to 10 kg, a total of 70 kg
  • Impact velocity acquisition at 200 kHz
  • Force signal acquisition rate up to 10 MHz
  • Rapid changeover from ISO to ASTM test equipment and vice versa
  • Wide variety of grips, dedicated test accessories
  • Integration with both strain gauge and piezoelectric load cells

Reference Standards

Plastic

TEST MATERIAL NORMA DESCRIPTION
Impact Plastic ASTM D1709 Impact resistance of plastic films with the free-fall dart method
Impact Plastic ASTM D3763 High-speed drilling properties of plastics using load and displacement sensors
Impact Plastic ASTM D5420 Impact resistance of a flat rigid plastic specimen by a point impacted by a falling weight (Gardner impact)
Impact Plastic ISO 13802 Charpy, Izod and tensile tests
Impact Plastic ISO 148 Charpy impact test
Impact Plastic ISO 179-1
ISO 179-2
Determination of Charpy impact properties
Impact Plastic ISO 6603-1
ISO 6603-2
Determining the perforation impact behaviour of rigid plastics
Impact Plastic ISO 7765-1
ISO 7765-2
BS 2782-3
Plastic films and foils – Determination of impact strength using the free-fall dart method

Protections

TEST MATERIAL STANDARD DESCRIPTION
ImpaCT Protections EN 1621-2 Motorcyclists’ back protectors – Requirements and test methods

Metal

TEST MATERIAL STANDARD DESCRIPTION
Fracture mechanics Metal ASTM E1457 Measurement of Creep Crack Growth Times in Metals
Fracture mechanics Metal ASTM E647 Measurement of Fatigue Crack Growth Rates
Fracture mechanics Metal ISO 11782-2 Corrosion of metals and alloys-fatigue testing: Crack propagation test using pre-cracked specimens
Fracture mechanics Metal ISO 12108 Metallic materials – Fatigue testing – Fatigue crack growth method
Fracture mechanics Metal ASTM E647 Standard Test Method for Measurement of Fatigue Crack Growth Rates
Fracture mechanics Metal ISO 7539-6 Corrosion of metals and alloys – Stress corrosion testing
Fracture mechanics Metal ASTM E399 Standard Test Method for Linear-Elastic Plane-Strain Fracture Toughness of Metallic Materials
Fracture mechanics Metal ASTM E1820-11 Standard Test Method for Measurement of Fracture Toughness (metals)

Composites

TEST MATERIAL STANDARD DESCRIPTION
Impact Composites EN 6038 Determination of compressive strength after impact (CAI test)
Impact Composites ISO 18352 Determination of compressive properties after impact at a specific impact energy level (CAI test)
Impact Compostiti ASTM D7136/D7136M Measuring the damage resistance of a fibre-reinforced polymer matrix composite to a drop-weight impact event (Compression After Impact – CAI)

Bike

TEST MATERIAL STANDARD DESCRIPTION
Impact Bike JIS D 9431 Impact test on saddle for bicycle

Biomedical

TEST MATERIAL STANDARD DESCRIPTION
Impatto Biomedicale ISO 11491 Determining the impact strength of ceramic ball heads for hip prostheses