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Dental Materials Research Instruments

Fatigue Cycler

An excellent new tool for fatigue cycling of dental materials and structures is here!

The Fatigue Tester uses powerful solenoids to provide smooth loading to levels of up to 375N. Up to four specimens at a time can by cycled while suspended in recirculating, heated water. The force levels are displayed and controlled on a personal computer.

No more tying up your single-axis test machine for weeks! With the Fatigue Tester, the loading routine can be varied to apply a sinewave, triangular or step wave at frequencies up to 3Hz and cycle from 20N to 375N. Closed-loop control is provided by low profile, in-line load cells to continuously calibrate the individual coils. The PID control software comes installed on a new notebook computer. This flexible and intuitive control package allows the user to configure unique test conditions and display arrangements using a drag-and-drop interface or use the standard control packages provided. It also has the capability to monitor eight additional analog signals and eight digital signals and stream readings to data logs.

The Fatigue Tester is individually crated and shipped to your location. It can be easily assembled and operated by laboratory personnel using the included instruction manual. Or an on-site installation and training visit can be arranged. The instrument and all of its components are covered by a six month parts and labor warranty. The machine consists of the computer, the power supply/control console, a powerful quad-core notebook computer, and the test frame with four test stations.

Select the options to equip the system to meet your testing requirements. Purchase order is required to begin preparing your machine and a deposit of 75% is requested. Allow six to eight weeks for delivery. Please contact us with any questions or to place an order

A variety of test fixtures are available for this flexible new platform. The system comes with adjustable-length stainless steel indenters as standard equipment. Specimen holders include:

Compression Platens: Tooth-sized specimens are mounted in 25mm rings and held in a stainless steel clamp. Normal loading is supplied through 12 or 18mm acetal platens. This approach can accommodate natural teeth, restored teeth or crowns for testing.

Angled Crown Loading Fixtures: these fixtures simulate the effect of off-axis loading by holding crowns or teeth at a 45 degree angle when potted in a 25mm diameter ring.

The Coil Cycler Control Panel allows Independent control of each station's frequency, load level and cycle limit. The angled crown loading fixtures.

Shear Fatigue Cycling Fixtures: opening a crucial new realm of adhesive dental  research, as reported by Erickson et al at AADR 2008.

Flexural Loading Fixtures: Three and four point systems are also available.

Custom Fixtures: for accommodating bridges and dentures are available on request.

Heated Water Bath and Chambers: To simulate the oral environment during cycling, the system is Coil Cycler available with a VWR recirculating hot water bath, Tygon supply and return tubing and individual acrylic chambers to immerse the specimen in 25 to 80 degree C water.


A variety of sensors can be configured to monitor the condition of the specimens including:

Precision Microswitches: This signal is read by the control program, which records the cycle number and stops the cycling for that station.

Strain Gage Upgrade: includes a four channel amplifier system that feeds directly into the analog inputs of the control computer. This allows the strain signal to be recorded and used as a failure condition by the control software.

Shear fatigue cycling fixtures are shown here, with 25mm rings mounted horizontally and stainless blades mounted on guides apply precise force.

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SPOTLIGHT ON RESEARCH: Seattle-based Kois Center has published numerous study using their Fatigue Cycler by Prototech, such as: Chaiyabutr Y, Kois JC. Comparison of load-fatigue performance of a CAD/CAM tooth-color crown. Kois Center Research 2015.