Mechanical Testing Equipment for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Injury, the aging process, and disease are contributing factors to the irreversible changes in human tissue that lead to pain, discomfort and immobility in a person over time. As researchers and engineers work to develop replacement tissues, perfect surgical techniques, grow replacement biomaterials and learn to accurately diagnose these changes in tissue physiology and mechanics, a crucial step is to evaluate the natural tissues they are attempting to simulate. Further, mechanical understanding of healthy tissue is used to diagnose diseased or damaged tissue during the procedure or in the surgeon’s office.

The following provides for an overview of the most common tissue testing applications. Not only do the Instron® biomedical applications specialists have a selection of products and accessories, but also the experience and breadth of knowledge to help create a customized solution that meets your individual testing requirements.

Test systems that can be used for biomaterials and tissue engineering include the 5940 and 5960 series, and ElectroPuls dynamic test instruments. Other test systems such as torsion, multi-axial and impact can also be used.

5900 Universal Testing Systems


The 5900 Series are higher performance universal systems that are packaged in innovative frames, designed with enhancements that deliver superior accuracy and reliability, improved ergonomics, and an enhanced overall experience for the operator. Systems are packaged with Bluehill for test set-up, running of tests and data analysis.

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ElectroPuls™ Test Instruments


ElectroPuls systems use linear motor technology to offer slow-speed static testing and high-frequency dynamic fatigue testing with hundreds of Hertz capability. With models up to 10 kN and a linear-torsion variant, ElectroPuls systems are dynamic testing machines that do not have the environmental impact of conventional servohydraulic technologies.

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