Maria Jürgens prepares a sample, which is then clamped in the experimental rig for load measurement.
Source: BAM, Bild: Michael Danner
This is what the experimental set-up looks like in detail: the column-shaped steel sample is clamped solidly and exposed to compression and tension. Sensors measure the resulting changes in the metal.
A lot of technology around the sample is necessary to record the detailed results of the material’s behaviour.
Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Olbricht and Maria Jürgens analyse incoming data from the sample’s tensile and compression testing.
In this case, the sample comes from real life for the young scientists: the pipe from the power plant had already been used for 70,000 operating hours before it landed on the scientist quartet’s bench.