Choosing a Universal Testing Machine
I am in the process of buying a universal testing machine, and have found the process to be quite confounding. My main area of expertise is computational mechanics, but I decided to add a materials testing capabiity to my program to support my constitutive model development efforts. I am surprised that, given how expensive these machines are, that there's isn't a user generated comparison website or online forum relating experiences or comments regarding these machines, their software, accessories, etc....
Perhaps iMechanica is a good place to start one. I invite those experimental mechanician (particularly those testing soft tissues and polymers) to help me out and post comments regarding the machines you use. Any comment would be appreciated.
Vicky Nguyen, Assistant Prof, ME, Johns Hopkins U.