Hive Composites Expands Testing Facilities

November 22 2021

Hive Composites, based in Loughborough UK, has recently expanded its testing capability. Recent additions to the test facility include a unique Zwick universal test machine, specialist composite lighting & utility pole testing rigs and a facility for short term burst testing of composite pipes.

The new Zwick has a unique frame size with a maximum test area of 1100mm wide x 2000mm high, a maximum load capacity of 150kN and is equipped with extensometry. Hive also has strain gauge logging capabilities with an 8 channel NI Labview system as well as FLIR thermal imaging camera and multi-channel temperature logging systems. This equipment is ideally suited to the testing of components and small structures such as composite battery cases, pipe and pole sections, composites mounting systems for 5G antenna, small aircraft fuselage panel testing, and many other applications.

The new pole test rigs can test components up to 5 meters long with tests performed in bending and shear. The new pipe test facility is for pipe sections up to 1.5m long and can be tested up to 60C. The facility can be modified for sub-ambient tests if required. Hive can design bespoke pipe fittings for these tests to accommodate different pipe diameters and configurations.

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