A load frame for in situ tomography at PETRA III


We present a load frame for in situ experiments at the microtomography end stations at the imaging beamline (IBL) P05 and the high-energy material science (HEMS) beamline P07 of PETRA III at DESY, both operated by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht. The load frame is highly flexible and modular and can be used in compression or tension mode applying forces of up to 1 kN and employing attenuation or phase-contrast techniques. We demonstrate its performance showing results from recent experiments investigating the failure of biodegradable Magnesium-based implants in rat bone under increasing load conditions.
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