Quick Gripping Tips

Q: When I grip a specimen it seems that some force is already being applied. Is there a way to avoid that?

A: The force applied to a specimen when the specimen is being gripped is a result of the compressive force that faces put on the specimen when gripping. To minimize this force, side action grips are recommended. However, if you're using wedge grips, we suggest a mechanical testing frame that features “Specimen Protect”, which adjusts the crosshead to minimize the compressive force that a specimen sees during gripping.

If you have additional questions around your gripping techniques or issues you may experience while gripping your specimen, let us know.

Originally posted on February 23, 2012 , Updated On March 23, 2021