Tensile (Compression) Module up to 5kN


SEM dedicated traction module integrated as a large sample on the SEM motorized stage.

Tensile module (compression) 5 kN (optional 10kN with reinforced version)

This dedicated SEM (and some AFM equipment) tensile module (compression optional) fits like a large sample onto the SEM motorised stage. Specimens must be between 20 and 60 mm long and no more than 5 mm thick.

Different types of supports and jaws are available to enable the equipment to be adjusted to the needs of the desired experiments.


Simple monitoring of deformations

The pulling movement is induced by two parallel worm screws with threads on the left and right. This design keeps the area of interest (in the middle of the sample) stationary thanks to symmetrical traction in opposite directions. This makes it very easy to follow the deformations without having to constantly readjust the sample under the beam.


The control electronics (DDS-3) are controlled via a PC interface with appropriate software (MDS). A large number of test parameters and guided experiment routines are provided.

The software also allows tests to be run cyclically. It also includes routines such as bending compensation and elastic modulus recording. Other functions are included, such as crack recognition, ramps, etc. Image capture and other special functions are available as options.

This traction module up to 5 kN is part of a wide range of mechanical modules, all controllable with the same controller. Compression mode is available as an option.


  • Force range: 10N to 5000N (10kN optional)
  • Sample dimensions: 60 x 10 x 5 mm
  • Deformation speed: 0.3 to 50 µm/sec.
  • Displacement: the module is fitted with a linear encoder. This gauge covers the full displacement range up to 45 mm with a resolution of 0.1 µm.
  • Module dimensions: 150 x 55 x 220 mm


  • Force cells: 1N, 10N, 20N, 50N, 100N, 200N, 500N, 1kN, 2kN, 5kN, 10kN.
  • Extensometer: Range +/- 1 mm, resolution: < 100 nm, other (consult us).
  • Heating/Cooling: from ambient to 1200°C, +/- 100°C (including PID controller).
  • Available jaws: for forces <500N and >500N, to choose from 30 different designs (see jaws catalogue).
    3 or 4-point bending.
  • Adaptation for: EBSD, Diffractometer, AFM, Synchrotron.
  • Video extensometer: VEDDAC-strain.
  • Image capture: display of the image corresponding to the deformation curve.
  • Software interface for remote control (Labview).


Choice of manual or microprocessor controller (DDS-3) with MDS interface and software for PC control.