Buzz-o-sonic has a wide range of uses, including:

• Measurement of Elastic and Damping Properties: Young's modulus, shear modulus, Poisson's ratio, and Internal Friction (Q-1)

• Quality Assurance and Quality Control: Product testing/strength prediction/defect detection...

• Statistical Process Control: Upper/Lower control limits, statistical designed experiments...

• Thermal Shock Testing: Monitor changes in properties on the same sample (see ASTM C1548)


See client data for some examples.



Buzz-o-sonic SAVES MONEY!

A refractories company, RHI Canada, are using Buzz-o-sonic to replace the slower, more costly cold crushing strength test (a 25% replacement for some product lines). An article describing this in more detail was published in Ceramic Industry magazine*. See our client data page for more details.


* Paul A. Bosomworth and Pierre-Alexis Anctil, "Using IET to Reduce Production Costs," Ceramic Industry, 10-11 (November 2009)



Most materials can be tested with Buzz-o-sonic

Elastic materials such as ceramics, metals and composites (including coated materials). Organic materials - polymers and wood - can also be tested, because Buzz-o-sonic measures the dynamic elastic properties at low strains.


Although frequency equations for impulse-excited solids are only available for simple shapes such as bars, rods, discs, tubes, rings, and plates, Buzz-o-sonic can be used to test more complex shapes. For a given size and mass, the resonant frequencies of an impulse-excited solid are often found to correlate to strength and density; and internal friction measurements often reveal defective parts. Also, a wide range of sizes can be tested. High temperature system also available. Please see our High Temperature page. We provide custom systems. Let us know your needs.



Some examples of Buzz-o-sonic uses

• Refractories - detect cracks in calcium silicate slab insulation. Cut costs in pressed chrome-mag shapes by replacing slow and costly cold crushing strength tests...

• Oil Industry - measure the Young's modulus of core samples

• Concrete - monitor curing, test compressive strength from an established correlation to Young’s modulus or resonant frequency

• Advanced Ceramics - measure Young's/bulk moduli of ballistic ceramic armor tiles and AlN structural ceramics

• Glass - measure the Young's modulus of the glass used in CRT screens

• Defense - the U.S. Navy uses Buzz-o-sonic for quick, low cost characterization of their advanced composites

• Graphite - measure Young's modulus of carbon brushes used in electric motors (correlates to commutating ability)

• Ceramic Filters - used to guarantee minimum strength from correlations with torsional resonant frequencies

• Metal Alloys - monitor changes in stiffness before and after rolling. Monitor ageing effects.

• Traditional ceramics - testing of experimental binders in low density acoustic ceiling tile

• High Temperature Testing - measure the elastic properties of reduced NiO-8YSZ anode supported bi-layer SOFC structures at elevated temperatures (up to 1000 °C) in ambient air and reducing environments (N2)

• Thermal shock Testing - ethyl silicate bonded MgO refractories, Si-O-C micro-composite foams derived from a preceramic polymer

• Cryogenic Testing - Young's modulus of filled cyanate ester and epoxy resins

• Fuel Cells (SOFCs) - quality testing of solid ZrO2 electrolyte and NiO-ZrO2 cermet anode supports used in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), Young's modulus of tape cast nickel-based anode for SOFCs

• Coatings - measure Young's modulus of nylon/silica coatings and titanium/metal coated wires in-situ!.

• Dental Porcelains - measurement of Young's and shear moduli and Poisson's ratios

• Composites - measure Young's modulus of SiC/Ti and Al2O3-Al-Si composites

• Ceramic Foam - measure the elastic properties of SiC/Si and Si3N4 foam (green and fired)

• Paper-derived Composites - measure elastic properties of Si-SiC composites (samples too delicate to measure with ultrasonic velocity)

• Glass-to-metal seals - characterize the bond between glass and metal through internal friction and characteristic resonance frequencies

• Cordierite-mullite honeycombs - measure product quality. Identify weak parts through differences in longitudinal frequencies

• Foam Glass - detect defects

• Grinding/cut-off wheels - measure Young's and shear moduli and correlate to hardness letter grading

• Honing Stones - measure Young's modulus of honing stones to use as a measure of hardness letter grading

• Alumina Grinding Stones - measure Young's modulus. Estimate anisotropy and relate to pressing parameters

• Mesophase Sintered Parts - measure the Young's modulus of mesophase-based sintered parts - studied the influence of pressure and heating rate

• Ti6Al4V - measure the Poisson's ratio, speed of sound, and internal friction (Q-1) of cylinders used in ultrasonic medical applications

• Aluminum - measure resonant frequencies and internal friction to detect cracks in 80 lb blocks

• Cast Iron - measure internal friction to estimate graphite structure

• AlN - measure high modulus materials (~300 GPa)

• Polymers - measure the elastic properties of PEEK, epoxy, epoxy/carbon nanotubes, polyamide...

• Paper - measure Young's and shear moduli - related to processing parameters

• Mixed numerical-experimental technique - analysis of square alumina plates

• Bone-shaped Tensile Specimens - developed a method to measure the Young's modulus of metallic bone-shaped tensile specimens



Buzz-o-sonic is so versatile that it is being used in weather research at the Atmospheric Sciences Center, Desert Research Institute!


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