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WINTEST ANALYSIS USER MANUAL
HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS................................................................................................1
INSTALLATION .........................................................................................................................2
ADDITIONAL TEST DEFINITION MODULES ....................................................................................2
RUNNING THE SOFTWARE.....................................................................................................2
QUICK START ..........................................................................................................................2
MAIN MENU...............................................................................................................................3
DOCKING.................................................................................................................................3
TEST DEFINITIONS...................................................................................................................4
CREATE...................................................................................................................................4
CREATE TEST NAME ................................................................................................................4
FROM TEST..............................................................................................................................4
TEST PARAMETERS ................................................................................................................5
TEST TYPE ..............................................................................................................................5
SAMPLE TYPE..........................................................................................................................5
TEST PARAMETERS..................................................................................................................5
SAMPLE DIMENSIONS...............................................................................................................5
EXTENSOMETER ......................................................................................................................6
TRANSDUCER ..........................................................................................................................6
K FACTOR ...............................................................................................................................6
YOUNGS MODULUS LIMIT .........................................................................................................6
SOFTWARE BREAK DETECT......................................................................................................6
AUTO TEST..............................................................................................................................7
EDIT COLUMN..........................................................................................................................8
TOLERANCES...........................................................................................................................9
CLEAR COLUMN.......................................................................................................................9
SI, METRIC AND IMPERIAL ........................................................................................................9
CHOOSE CALCULATIONS FROM ALL TEST TYPES.........................................................................9
CUSTOM REFERENCES. .......................................................................................................10
CHART SET-UP...............................................................................................................11
TESTER SET-UP .....................................................................................................................13
STAGES...................................................................................................................................14
TENSILE STEPS......................................................................................................................15
COMPRESSION STEPS ............................................................................................................17
CREATE/EDIT STAGE..............................................................................................................19
Defining a stage .............................................................................................................19
STEP TEST CALCULATIONS .....................................................................................................21
STAGE SELECTION.................................................................................................................22
SELECTING TEST DEFINITION .............................................................................................23
NEW TEST SERIES ..........................................................................................................23
MORE >>> ............................................................................................................................23

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TEST HEADING ......................................................................................................................23
OPEN EXISTING TEST SERIES .........................................................................................24
SEARCH REFERENCES AND START/END DATES.......................................................................24
CONDUCTING TESTS ..............................................................................................................24
CROSSHEAD VIRTUAL CONTROL PANEL ..................................................................................25
TOOL BAR...............................................................................................................................26
NEW TEST SERIES .........................................................................................................26
OPEN EXISTING TEST SERIES .........................................................................................26
PRINT ............................................................................................................................26
START TEST ..................................................................................................................26
Demonstration Mode......................................................................................................26
CHART SETUP................................................................................................................26
BEST FIT........................................................................................................................26
INTEGRAL ......................................................................................................................27
RESET ...........................................................................................................................27
COMMUNICATIONS .........................................................................................................27
CUSTOM CALCULATIONS ................................................................................................27
COLOUR CONTROL .........................................................................................................27
INDIVIDUAL TEST MANIPULATION..............................................................................................27
Statistics .........................................................................................................................27
Graph..............................................................................................................................27
Save Raw Data As......................................................................................................28
INTEGRAL FACILITY..............................................................................................................29
INTEGRATE............................................................................................................................29
BEST FIT FACILITY.................................................................................................................30
BEST FIT................................................................................................................................30
ZOOM....................................................................................................................................30
MULTIPLE PLOTS WITH OFFSET.........................................................................................31
STATISTICS............................................................................................................................32
ASCII SETTINGS....................................................................................................................32
PASSWORD PROTECTION........................................................................................................33
MULTIPLE PLOTS WITHOUT OFFSET. ................................................................................33
COMMUNICATIONS........................................................................................................34
CHANGING TESTER TYPE AND COMMUNICATION SETTINGS ......................................................34
INSTALLING ADDITIONAL DEVICES...........................................................................................35
INSTALLING ADDITIONAL DEVICES...........................................................................................35
CUSTOMISED CALCULATION .......................................................................................36
TEXT BOXES..........................................................................................................................37
BUTTONS...............................................................................................................................37
PROCEDURE FOR CREATING A CUSTOM CALCULATION ..............................................38

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CALCULATION TABLES........................................................................................................40
FUNCTIONS ...........................................................................................................................41
FUNCTION PARAMETERS.........................................................................................................42
COLOUR CONTROL........................................................................................................46
COLOUR SELECTION ............................................................................................................47
PROCEDURE FOR CREATING A NEW TEST DEFINITION.................................................48
PROCEDURE FOR CONDUCTING A TEST FROM STORED DEFINITION.........................50
DATA BACKUP .......................................................................................................................51
TEST RESULTS AND CURVE DATA............................................................................................51
TEST DEFINITION AND CALCULATION DETAILS ..........................................................................51
BACKING UP YOUR DATA.........................................................................................................51


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Getting Started
Hardware requirements

IBM PC Compatible Minimum of a 500 MHz Pentium or compatible
processor is recommended.

Memory Minimum of 128 MB. 256 MB or more is
recommended.

Where applicable, the virtual memory setting
should be set to at least 1.5 times the installed
memory.

Operating System 32 bit Windows (Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0,
Windows ME, Windows 2000 and Windows XP)

20MB hard disk space. Please note: this is only to install the software. The
program also requires hard disk space to store
data. This should also be taken into consideration.

Graphics adapter Minimum of SVGA display showing a resolution of
800 x 600 pixels

1 x Free serial port At least one serial port will be required for
connection of the equipment.

If other devices are to be connected, extra serial
ports may be required.


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Getting Started
Installation

1. Insert the CD ROM into your CD ROM drive.

2. The CD ROM should automatically start. If you experience problems,
you should browse the CD and execute the SETUP.EXE program.
Additional test definition modules

1. Any additional test definition modules that have been purchased should
now be installed.

2. Insert the CD into the CD ROM drive and run the SETUP.EXE program
contained on the CD.

3. The installation will prompt the user for the destination folder. You
must ensure this module is installed into the same folder as WinTest
Analysis.
Running the software

Before attempting to run the WinTest Analysis software, you must ensure that
the Hasp key is connected to the appropriate port (Parallel or USB) on your
PC.

Parallel Hasp key - connect to the printer port on your PC.

USB Hasp key - connected to a USB port on your PC.

Select the Start icon in the bottom left of the screen.

Move the mouse pointer to the Programs tab in the displayed menu.

Select the WinTest Analysis tab from the Programs sub menu then select
the WinTest icon - the WinTest software will now run.
Quick Start
To enable users to begin testing immediately, the procedures for creating and
conducting tests can be found on page 48.


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Getting Started
Main Menu



The first operation is to set up suitable Test Definitions. Pre-defined test
definitions may have already been installed, in which case it is possible to
select to start a new test series.
Docking
The main menu controls can be docked elsewhere on the screen by holding
down the left mouse button on the control surround and then dragging to the
desired position.


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Creating A Test Definitions
Test Definitions
Create

Create Test Name

A test name must be entered. This is the name that the test definition will be
stored under.
from Test

New definitions can be created which will be based on a pre-existing test
definition. The new test definition can then be altered as required.

Note: This saves time and enables the user having to refer back to existing
test definitions when creating very similar tests.






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Creating A Test Definitions
Test Parameters

Test Type
Test types can be selected from the drop down menu.
Sample Type
Allows appropriate sample cross sections to be selected based on the current
Test Type.
Test Parameters
Allows the input of appropriate test parameters based on the current Test
Type.
Sample Dimensions
Enables the user to define global sample dimensions that will apply to all tests
performed using the test definition.

These dimensions can be overridden at point of test if Individual dimensions
per test has been selected.
Los tipos de prueba se pueden seleccionar en el men desplegable.


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Creating A Test Definitions
Extensometer
When performing tensile-based tests, extensometers are used to enable more
accurate measurements of distance on various sample types. The following
selections are available:

None (Crosshead)
Digital Extensometer (DE)
Combined Extensometer (4 x 1000)
Metals Extensometer (ME)
Custom Transducers (M2)
Laser Extensometer (LA1000)
Transducer
When carrying out compression based tests, a transducer eables more
accurate measurement of deflection. The following selections are available:

None (Crosshead)
Short Travel Transducer
Long Travel Transducer
Compressometer
K Factor
The K factor is used to compensate the distance measured. This factor takes
into account the small amount of crosshead and cell deflection when
subjected to increasing forces. This is generally used for high force/low
deflection testing where such deflections may be significant. The K factor is
entered in the form mm/kN.

Note: - K factor is not used when using extensometers or deflection
measuring transducers.
Youngs Modulus Limit
Many calculations require the gradient of the Initial Straight Line part of the
trace to be calculated.

A limit can be entered to reduce the amount of data that will be considered
when calculating the gradient. This limit is entered in terms of % strain and
defaults to 100%, i.e. 100% of all test data.
Software Break Detect
Break detection on some materials can be difficult to detect accurately. As a
result of this, the software may record additional data during the sample break
sequence.

By enabling Software Break Detect, the software can measure the amount of
force reduction during break and recalculate the breaking point accordingly.


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Creating A Test Definitions
Auto Test
When a test has completed, the software will automatically return to either the
Sample dimension input screen, or the real time graph screen if sample
dimensions are not required.

Note: This enables quicker completion of the test series. Testing can be
interrupted by pressing the Escape (Esc) key on the keyboard whilst viewing
the real time graph screen.


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Creating A Test Definitions
Calculations

Edit Column
Before pressing the Edit Column button, please ensure that the correct
column is highlighted.

Pressing the Edit Column button will display the Column dialog box.




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Creating A Test Definitions
The list box, as shown, enables the user to select the required calculation.
After the required calculation has been selected, any necessary parameters
and output units will need to be entered.
Tolerances

The software enables the user to specify tolerances or Pass/Fail limits for any
chosen calculation.

Tolerances can be entered in terms of a +/- Percentage where a Nominal
value is specified.

Alternatively, Lower / Upper or absolute limits can be defined using the same
output units as the chosen calculation.
Clear Column
Pressing the Clear Column button will clear the calculation from the
highlighted column.
SI, Metric and Imperial
If all calculation units need to comply with a specific unit system, pressing the
appropriate button will change all of the units automatically.
Choose calculations from all test types
If selected, this allows a calculation from other test types to be included in the
definition.

Please use with caution, as some calculations are not appropriate for certain
test types.


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Creating A Test Definitions
Custom References.
Test reference headings can be customised as required.

Up to 20 references can be defined and customised by simply entering the
required reference name in the appropriate box.

Any reference without a defined name will not be available for data entry.




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Creating A Test Definitions
Chart Set-up


Chart Set-Up screen enables the selection of X-Axis and Y-Axis types and
also the units relating to the types of axes selected.

The user can also enable the grid, multiple plots, multiple plots with offsets.
The software will also automatically scale the graph axes if Autoscale is
enabled.

Note: In general, it is preferable to have auto-scaling enabled, as this will
always give an optimum display for any test.


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Creating A Test Definitions
Printout



The user can customise the printed report so that a main title and sub title can
be defined.

If a report is required at certain intervals, this can be defined within the Auto
Print facility.

The operator must specify the frequency at which the report should be printed,
e.g. Print every 3 tests.

The report type produced can then be selected from Results only, Chart only
or Results & Chart.








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Creating A Test Definitions
Tester Set-up


When connected to a PCX, AX or CX model, the above parameters enable full
computer control of Load Cell capacity, force Units, Test Speed, Test Speed
2, Return Speed and SBD (Sample Break Detection) etc.

The Speed 2 option (if selected) enables the user to set a limit (Stress, Strain,
Force or Elongation based) where a second test speed is then implemented.
The above example shows an initial test speed of 10 mm/min. This will then
change to 250 mm/min at 5% strain (based upon the sample length).

The User Crosshead Limits control the extent of crosshead travel.

Note1 : In tensile mode the Lower Limit setting is equivalent to the grip
separation distance and should be set carefully as this will define the test
length.

Note2: Recommended method - fit the required grips and run the tester to the
desired test start position you can use Jog mode to do this. Note the
reading of A in mm and enter this into the test definition as the Lower Limit.

Note3: When connected to a CX model, it is possible to press the button to
automatically read the current crosshead position and insert it into the Upper
or Lower Limit setting.




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Creating A Test Definitions

Stages


Note: When connected to a PCX, AX or CX tester an additional facility is
available allowing multi-staged tests to be performed.

On selection of a step based test type an additional tab will be provided on the
Edit Test Definition dialogue box as shown above.

In order to create a test definition, the user must design the steps that will
control the type and function of the test.



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Creating A Test Definitions
Tensile steps

Go to Force Instructs the tester to go to a specified force in
the selected force units. Once the target has
been reached, the software will move on to the
next step.

Go to Force and Hold Instructs the tester to go to a specified force
and maintain the force for a chosen length of
time in hours, minutes and seconds.

Go to Force and Wait Instructs the tester to go to a specified force
and stop for a chosen length of time.

Go to Stress Instructs the tester to go to a specified stress
using the stress units selected.

Go to Stress and Hold Instructs the tester to go to a specified stress
and maintain the load for a chosen length of
time.

Go to Stress and Wait Instructs the tester to go to a specified stress
and stop for a chosen length of time.

Go to strain Instructs the tester to move the crosshead to a
chosen strain in relation to the Sample length.

Go to strain and wait Instructs the tester to move the crosshead to a
chosen strain in relation to the Sample length.
When the target has been reached, the tester
will wait for the specified length of time to
elapse.

Return to stage and cycle Allows the user to create more complex tests
that will repeat certain stages, enabling the
creation of cyclic tests.

Each stage has a stage number. This number
should be used as the reference when using
the test cycle facility.

Warning - Nesting cycles will result in infinite
loops and an infinite list of stages to perform.

Return to start position Ensures that the crosshead is returned to the
position at which the test commenced.



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Go to Extension Instructs the tester to move the crosshead to a
certain extension. This value is defined using
the chosen extension units.

Go to Extension and Wait Instructs the tester to move the crosshead to a
specified extension and wait for a chosen
length of time.

Hold Force Instructs the tester to hold the current force for
a specified duration.


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Creating A Test Definitions
Compression steps

Go to Force Instructs the tester to go to a specified force in
the selected force units. Once the target has
been reached the software will move on to the
next step.

Go to Force and Hold Instructs the tester to go to a specified force
and maintain the force for a chosen length of
time in hours, minutes and seconds.

Go to Force and Wait Instructs the tester to go to a specified force
and stop for a chosen length of time.

Go to Stress Instructs the tester to go to a specified stress
using the stress units selected.

Go to Stress and Hold Instructs the tester to go to a specified stress
and maintain the load for a chosen length of
time.

Go to Stress and Wait Instructs the tester to go to a specified stress
and stop for a chosen length of time.

Go to position Instructs the tester to move the crosshead to
an absolute position. This distance will be
entered in the chosen extension units. Note:
Absolute position measurement is used during
compression tests.

Go to position and wait Instructs the tester to move the crosshead to
an absolute position and wait for a chosen
length of time.

Go to strain Instructs the tester to move the crosshead to a
chosen % strain relative to the derived sample
height.

Go to strain and wait Instructs the tester to move the crosshead to a
chosen % strain relative to the derived sample
height. When the target has been reached, the
tester will wait for the specified length of time to
elapse.


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Return to stage and cycle Allows the user to create more complex tests
that will repeat certain stages, allowing the
creation of cyclic tests.

Each stage has a stage number. This number
should be used as the reference when using
the cycle facility.

Warning - Nesting cycles will result in infinite
loops and an infinite list of stages to perform.

Return to start position Ensures that the crosshead is returned to the
position at which the test commenced.

Go to % height Instructs the tester to move the crosshead to a
% of the sample height. This uses absolute
positioning as opposed to the relative position
with the strain calculations.

Go to % height and wait Instructs the tester to move the crosshead to a
% of the sample height and then wait for a
specified length of time.

Go to Deflection Instructs the tester to move the crosshead to a
position relative to the derived sample height.

Go to Deflection and wait Instructs the tester to move the crosshead to a
position relative to the derived sample height
and then wait for a specified length of time.

Hold Force Instructs the tester to hold the current force for
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Create/Edit stage
Pressing the Add button will allow you to define a test stage.

To edit a pre-defined stage, position the highlight bar on the stage to be edited
and either double click the left mouse button or press the Edit.. button.

To delete a stage, position the highlight bar on the stage and press the
Delete.. button.
Defining a stage



Controlled Stage construction involves entering values for the parameters
relevant to the stage.

Command Description of the stage to be performed.

Target The target is usually entered in terms of force, elongation,
stress, % strain or % height depending on the type of
stage selected.

The C and T buttons reflect the test mode in which the
test is to be performed. For example, if the test is a Step
Tensile then the button will default to T.

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stage that would require the tester to apply a compressive
force even though the test is defined as a step tensile.

This is achieved by pressing the button and selecting the
T or C button as appropriate.

Please note, this facility is not available on all
versions of tester equipment.

Time On stages involving hold and wait times the user can
specify the duration in hours, minutes or seconds.

Rate Control The default setting is Standard which ensures the tester
performs the stage at a constant rate of traverse.

The tester can also perform the stage at a Load Rate or
a Stress Rate. This allows the speed to be entered in
terms of force/time for load rate and stress/time for stress
rate.

Speed Requires the input of speed in units as dictated by the
Rate Control.

Hold Speed On stages involving the maintaining of a force over time,
it can be necessary to adjust the speed at which the
tester maintains the force.

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Step Test calculations
In order to create calculations for the multi-staged tests, the stage during
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Stage Selection
By pressing the button a Select Stage dialogue box will be displayed
enabling the desired stage to be selected.




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Selecting Test Definition
Having created the desired test definition the system is ready for testing.
New Test Series
The desired test definition can be selected from the drop down menu.


More >>>
A more complete list of test definition can be viewed.
Test Heading

Specimen test references, comments and dimensions can be entered before
testing.

By selecting the View option and Test Headings, the references and
comments etc. can be entered later.


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Open Existing Test Series
After selection of the desired test definition the user can then retrieve an
existing test series. This enables further analysis on the data including
deleting or performing additional tests if required.
Search References and Start/End Dates
Enter correct references from the drop down menu to call up all the test series
with matching criteria. Select the required series by left clicking on the
number.

Alternatively, a start date, end date or a range of dates can be specified for
the search.
Conducting Tests
Tests are conducted for a new or existing series by selecting the button.
Note: The crosshead should previously have been returned to the correct start
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The Real Time Window will now be displayed.





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Crosshead Virtual Control Panel

The Up, Stop, Down, Tare and End-of-Test buttons are displayed on the Real
Time Window screen to emulate the tester controls.

Note: Operating the Tare function after the specimen has been loaded in the
grips can produce inaccurate test results.

When in this screen you are ready to start a test by either pressing the
relevant button on the tester or moving the mouse icon over these control
buttons and pressing the left mouse button.

Note: If in demo mode you should use the mouse to simulate a test (see Page
26).

Important: The Crosshead Virtual Control Panel can only be used with
testing equipment that supports the Virtual Control Panel.

Test procedure for non-automatic testing.

Load specimen and press Up() or Down() on the tester or virtual
panel. The force & elongation values will be displayed on screen and
the real time plot will be generated.

At specimen failure (sample break), press the End Test () on the tester
panel or left click on the button on the virtual panel. Remove the
specimen and return the crosshead. Further tests can be repeated as
required.

After completing the required number of tests, select N on the tester,
keyboard or virtual panel and the Chart/Results window is displayed
where further test analysis can be performed.


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Tool Bar
New Test Series
Enables the user to create a new test series using a pre-defined test
definition.
Open Existing Test Series
Enables the user to load previously stored data for further analysis. Select
required test definition from the drop down list. Detailed test definitions can
be viewed by selecting
Print
Produces a printout of either the test results only, the graph only or test
results and graph depending on the selection.


Start Test
Tests are conducted for a new or existing series. Note: The crosshead should
previously have been returned to the correct start position.
Demonstration Mode
When in demonstration mode (i.e. no tester connected), a simulated curve
can be produced by holding the left mouse button when the cursor is at the
graph origin. The simulated test curve can then be drawn by dragging the
cursor along the screen. The test curve is ended by releasing the mouse
button.
Chart setup
The Chart window can be configured to show either multiple or individual
curves with results in different formats as required.
Best Fit
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Integral
Provides the integral value (area under the curve) between any 2 points
selected by the mouse. Pressing the right hand mouse button and dragging
the mouse icon across the graph, a region can be selected for the integral
calculation. Releasing the mouse button will highlight the area and calculate
the integration.
Reset
This will remove either the line of best fit or Integral display and will also reset
any graph zoom option.
Communications
Communication configuration between the testing equipment and the PC
serial port.
Custom Calculations
This facility allows the user to create customised calculations.
Colour Control
Allows the user to specify the displayed colour selections used by the
software.
Individual test manipulation
By pressing the right hand mouse button on a test within the results table,
additional options are made available.

Statistics
Removing the tick excludes selected tests from the statistics summary.

Note: To reinstate any test, press the right hand mouse button and replace
the tick.
Graph
The software defaults to show all graphs recorded in the current test series. It
is possible to view selected graphs by removing the tick from tests that do not
need to be viewed at this time.


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Save Raw Data As
This facility enables the export of recorded curve data for any selected test by
selecting the Save Raw Data As option.

Note: After selecting this option the software will prompt the user to select a
file name and location to store the curve data.
This file will be stored with a .TXT extension and the data will be in ASCII
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Integral facility


Integrate
The integrate utility allows the user to calculate the energy under the curve
between 2 selected points. This function should be carried out with Multiple
Plots de-selected.
After pressing the button, brief instructions are provided explaining how to
select the desired region for the integral.

The right mouse button should be held down whilst the pointer is at the
desired start position. The mouse should then be dragged to the end position
and then released to select the region for the integral.

The integral value will be expressed in the same units as the graph scales
used.

Note: The line drawn should not cross the curve at any point. The Integral
value for the area selected will be shown.


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Best fit facility


Best fit
Many calculations require the gradient of the initial straight line portion of the
trace to be calculated.
The line can be viewed and adjusted by pressing the icon.

The straight line can be modified by selecting a point on the curve then
pressing the right mouse button and dragging to the desired second point.

To redraw the line select and redo.

Results which depend on the straight line calculation will be re-calculated
automatically.

This feature will also operate when the Zoom facility is being used.

Zoom
To zoom in on a part of the test curve, the first point on the curve is fixed by
pressing the left mouse button. Drag the mouse icon to the second point and
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Multiple plots with Offset


The example above shows the curves with a 1 mm graph off set. This enables
the user to view each curve in detail and also compare each of the test
curves.
The offset is defined in the Chart Setup by pressing the icon and entering
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Statistics
The summary statistics can be defined by accessing the System selection and
choosing Statistics.

Summary statistics can be selected and deselected by inserting or removing
ticks as appropriate.



The chosen statistics will be shown in both the results window and printed on
the test report.
ASCII Settings


When Enable Auto Save is ticked the software will output an ASCII version of
the test results to a specified file.

This file can either be continually appended to (Append To File) or overwritten
(Overwrite File) on completion of each test series.


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Password protection
If protection against the alteration or deletion of test data is required then a
password can be set.

This will prevent any unauthorised modification of test definitions or test data.

Important: The factory setting does not have a password configured. Setting
the password for the first time requires the entry and confirmation of the
desired password.

Note: Changing the old (current) password for a new password is not possible
unless the current password is entered.


Multiple plots without offset.


Best fit and Integrate can be applied to any curve by selecting the Test No.
using the selection.


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Communications



WinTest Analysis supports a number of external devices as shown above.

Each device interfaced to the computer system must be installed and
therefore must appear in the Installed Devices list.

Note: The factory settings only ensure that a tester is installed with the
appropriate communication settings.
Changing Tester Type and Communication Settings

To change the type of tester being used with the software or reconfiguring the
communications settings the tester model should be highlighted. Press the
Tester Properties button.


Depending on the model type the drive system 1 or 2 needs to be selected.
Drive system 1 should always be selected for 350 models.
Note: On later versions of software the Drive System 1 and 2 detection is
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Installing Additional Devices
Please ensure that the WinTest Analysis supports the additional device before
prceeding.

Pressing the Communications button will display the Devices dialog box.



Select the device you wish to install from the Available Devices list and then
press the >> Install button to move this device to the Installed Devices list.

Highlight the device in the Installed Devices list and then enter the Properties
section to ensure that the communications parameters are configured
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Customised Calculation


This facility enables the user to define their own customised calculations.

Basic mathematical functions are available and these can be incorporated into
user-defined formulae to create any required calculation.

The Custom Calculation window will be displayed. This will enable the user to
create a specific formula to add to the existing calculations. This can then be
stored and re-used in any future tests.

To create a formula you can use any of the calculations from the Calculation
Tables. The formula creation uses the basic mathematical operators e.g. +, -,
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Text Boxes

Calculation Used to name the new formula. It also enables existing
formula names to be edited.

Formula The area where the new formula should be entered.

Column Titles Enables the user to create the column heading for the
new calculation.

Calculation Units The units for the formula can be selected from the drop
down list.
Buttons

OK Stores the created calculation and exits from the current
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Procedure for creating a custom calculation

The protocol used in the formula is as follows.

strain(force,x)/width

The first part of the formula signifies the final result. The bracketed parts are
the parameters needed to arrive at the final result and the parts after the
bracket are further optional parameters used in calculating the final result.
Some of the parameters are functions which do not require a number input,
others are variables that do require a number. This number can either be
entered manually or can be derived by using another function.

A working example will now be provided to describe the steps in setting up a
custom calculation.

In the following calculation e.g. strain(force, x)/50 where strain is the
function or final result and (force,x)/50 are the parameters required to arrive
at the final result.

force being a function, x being a variable which must be input by the user (in
this case a force) and /50 which is a user defined number. This number can
be input directly into the formula or is taken from a prompt when performing a
test.

Therefore, using the above example:

If we wanted to know Strain @ 100N divided by a Sample Width we would
perform the following steps.

1. Select Test Type and choose one from the list e.g. Fabric

2. In Column Name enter the name of the formula you wish to create e.g.
Strain @ 100N / Width

3. Enter the column headings in Column Titles as desired.

e.g. Strain
@ 100N/Width

4. Choose the Calculation Units - in this case strain (%).


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5. Now go to the Calculation box and enter the required formula.

e.g. strain(force,100)/width

Strain being the final result.
(force,50) being the force (in Newtons) at which the strain is required.
/Width being a parameter with which to divide the force to arrive at the
final result.

Note1: In the list of functions whenever a number is required to be entered it is
indicated by x. This number can either be entered manually or by inserting
another function at this point. A calculated number will be returned and used.

Note2. All calculations are performed in SI units and are subsequently
converted to other units if a different output is selected.

More complex calculations can be achieved using these rules. E.g. to find
Secant Modulus between 2 points (5mm and 10mm) on a curve.

1000
500
5 10 15 20 25
N
mm
D=
(10-5)
F=(force(distance,10)-force(distance,5))


The following formula is used :

(force(distance,10)-force(distance,5))/(10-5)

The whole of this equation returns one number which is Secant Modulus
expressed in N/mm.

The function before the divide operator i.e. / , calculates the difference in force
and the function after calculates the difference in distance thus setting the
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Calculation tables

The following is a list of operators, variables, functions and function
parameters used in the creation of customised calculations. A working
example using these tables appears on page 38.

Variables
length
width
thickness
outerdiam
innerdiam
area
lineardensity
Operators
- Subtraction
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Functions

force Returns the force specified by selected parameters.
distance Returns distance at specified points.
energy Returns energy up to the specified point.
stress Returns the stress at a specified position.
strain Returns the strain at a specified point.
tenacity Returns the tenacity at a selected point.
emod Calculates the gradient of the initial straight line portion of the trace.
adhesion Calculates the adhesion strength according to the standard selected.
seamopening Returns the seam opening load at the selected seam opening distance.


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Function parameters

Force
force(peak)
force(break)
force(average)
force(lowest)
force(yield)
force(proof, x)
force(distance, x)
force(distance, x, loadcycle)
force(distance, x, returncycle)
force(strain, x)
force(strain, x, loadcycle)
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Distance
distance(peak)
distance(break)
distance(yield)
distance(proof, x)
distance(force, x)
distance(force, x, loadcycle)
distance(force, x, returncycle)
distance(stress, x)
distance(stress, x, loadcycle)
distance(stress, x, returncycle)
Energy
energy(peak)
energy(break)
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Stress
stress(peak)
stress(break)
stress(yield)
stress(proof, x)
stress(distance, x)
stress(distance, x, loadcycle)
stress(distance, x, returncycle)
stress(strain, x)
stress(strain, x, loadcycle)
stress(strain, x, returncycle)
Strain
strain(peak)
strain(break)
strain(plastic)
strain(yield)
strain(proof, x)
strain(force, x)
strain(force, x, loadcycle)
strain(force, x, returncycle)
strain(stress, x)
strain(stress, x, loadcycle)
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Tenacity
Tenacity(break)
Tenacity(peak)
Elastic modulus
Emod
Adhesion
adhesion(bs3424)
adhesion(bs903)
Seam opening
seamopening(x)
Tear
tear(astm_d2261_2)
tear(astm_d2261_3)
tear(astm_d2261_4)
tear(bs3424_a)
tear(bs3424_b)
tear(bs3424_c)
tear(bs4303)
tear(bs903_a)
tear(bs903_b)
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Colour Control



In order to make the process of colour selection easier and more automated,
a colour control section is provided.

This facility allows the user to modify the colours in any program section from
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Colour Selection


The software is completely flexible in the choice of colours.

Users are able to set the colours on any section of the software.

Colour selection is only limited to the hardware being used on the computer
system.

If the computer is only capable of displaying 16 colours, the software can only
provide a choice of 16 colours.

If the graphics card is capable of showing 16 million colours, the choices will
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Procedures
Procedure for creating a new test definition

1. From the headings (page 3) select Test Definitions and then Create.

2. The Create Test Name dialogue box will be shown (page 4).
Enter desired Test Name.
If a variation of an existing test definition is required, then select from
Test and select the required test definition from the drop down list.
If a new definition is required, select OK after entering the test name.

3. The Create Test Definition dialogue box (page 5) will appear.

4. Enter Test Type from the drop down list e.g. Tensile

Enter Sample Type from drop down list e.g. Rectangular. Enter relevant
sample sizes plus desired units as required in the Test Parameters and
Sample Dimensions boxes.

5. If using with a PCX model select AX/PCX Tester setup to give you the
full computer control set up facility.

6. Select Extensometer as desired from Extensometer drop list and, if ME
(Metals Extensometer) is selected, ensure that the Extensometer Length
corresponds to the Sample Length as input in the Test Parameters.

7. Selected Individual dimensions per test if you wish to view or input
individual specimen dimensions before every test.

8. By selecting the Calculations tab (page 8) the calculations for the test
definition can be selected.

Choose the desired calculation by highlighting the column number and
then selecting the Edit Column.. button.
e.g.



Up to 30 columns can be selected by using the scroll bar. Units default
to SI system but can be changed individually or globally by selecting
either Metric or Imperial keys.

9. The Input Value is used where inputs for measured values are required
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value is to be found. Default values will appear but they can be adjusted
as required.

10. Selecting the Tester setup tab (Page 13) the PCX Test Parameters
screen will then appear where all PC controlled test parameters for this
particular test are entered.

11. Selecting the Chart Set-Up tab will allow the user to define graph axis
etc. Initially, we suggest you set up as shown on page 11 but higher
maximum values can be used if desired. The use of Auto will override
any maximum values and automatically re-scale as necessary.

12. The Test Definition has now been stored and added to the list for future
use by selecting the icon to create a new test series.


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Procedures
Procedure for conducting a test from Stored Definition

1. Choose either File and New or select the icon from the Main Menu
(Page 3).

2. From the Select Test Definition dialogue box (page 23) choose test
name required from drop down menu and OK.

3. Enter any references necessary in the Test Headings dialogue box
(page 23). Then select OK to conduct testing.

4. Selecting Start Test will open the Real Time Window (via Specimen
Dimensions screen if selected). Note: On PCX models the speed on the
tester should be set to zero. A warning will appear if this has not been
set.

5. The software will now be ready to save data and on PCX models will
have set up the tester as required. This can be confirmed by checking
the tester display.

6. Load the specimen in the jaws and press the relevant or button on
the machine. The test will proceed and plot a real time curve on the
monitor.

7. At the end of the test press the ENDTEST button on the tester or virtual
panel. Choose another test YES on either the PC monitor, keyboard or
button Y tester keypad dependent on tester model.

8. After completing the desired number of tests answer NO when asked
another test Yes/No. The WinTest Analysis screen will appear where
individual results, statistics and selected graphs are displayed. These
can be printed out by selecting either File and Print or the icon.


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Data Backup
Data backup

Important: Any data stored on a computer system can be lost due to many
different hazards. It is therefore vitally important to make scheduled backups
of your test data.

WinTest creates the following files containing your test data.
Test results and Curve data

RST_HDR.DB
RST_HDR.PX
RST_STAT.DB
RST_STAT.PX
RST_STAT.MB

It is advisable to backup these data files once every week or month depending
on the amount of testing performed.
Test definition and Calculation details

To ensure a more complete backup it is advisable to take a backup copy of
the following files.

*.db
*.px
*.mb

If it is required to completely restore the WinTest Analysis then simply re-
installing WinTest Analysis and then replacing the files above will bring the
system up to the state from your last backup.
Backing up your data

Your data backup can be performed by manually copying the files to
alternative storage media or making use of one of the many third party data
backup programs available.