Space and extreme environments

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space and extreme environments_1Re-Entry Simulation Chamber

Simultaneous application of

  • Temperatures up to 2,500°C, heating rates up to 400 K/sec
  • High vacuum, inert or reactive gases up to 1 bar
  • Static or dynamic mechanical loads up to 70kN and 70Hz


  • 30 kW induction heater
  • 300 to 2,500 °C
  • Heating rate up to 500 K/min (depending on test article)
  • Direct heating, inside susceptor tube, or by blackbody irradiation
  • Temperature control by pyrometer or thermocouple
  • High vacuum (10–6 mbar)
  • Inert gas
  • Reactive gases (e.g. Ar/H2 mixtures)
  • Automatic pressure and/or flow control
    Static or dynamic mechanical loads
  • Tensile/compression/shear loads up to 70kN
  • Static or dynamic loading, frequency up to 70Hz
  • Strain measurement by laser speckle or strain gauge
Cryogenic Mechanical Testing
(LHe, T= –269 °C)
  • Temperatures 4.2 K to 77 K
  • Tensile , compression and bending
  • Loads up to 200kN

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