Vernier Structures & Materials Tester

Vernier Structures & Materials Tester

Vernier Structures & Materials Tester

The Vernier Structures & Materials Tester has been replaced by the Go Direct® Structures & Materials Tester

Evaluate the strength of model bridges and engineered structures by measuring the applied load with the Vernier Structures & Materials Tester. Utilizing both load and displacement sensors allows students to evaluate properties of materials (stress and strain).

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The Vernier Structures & Materials Tester (VSMT) is the perfect device for all project-based STEM and engineering classrooms. Use the Tester, along with the engineering design method, to design, build, and test structures, conduct bridge competitions, and investigate and analyze beam designs and material properties.

Exact Force and Displacement for Bends and Breaks

The Tester is equipped with a load cell (measuring up to 1000 N) and a displacement sensor (0.1 mm resolution). Using both sensors allows you to record maximum breaking loads, as well as load/displacement characteristics to allow students to evaluate stress and strain.

Use Logger Pro video analysis in conjunction with your sensor measurements to see how and when things bend and break.

Accurate Positioning for Center and Off-Center Loading

The top support beams of the Tester are designed to easily slide and lock into position. Ruled markings located on the Tester allow you to accurately position the support beams for center or off-center loading.

Easy Loading for Different Sizes and Shapes

The VSMT ships with a well-outfitted VSMT Tackle Kit that includes a 50 x 50 x 6 mm and a 50 x 80 x 6 mm aluminum load plate, chain, rods, U-bolts, and other accessories to make it quick and easy to load bridges, materials, beams, and structures of varying sizes and shapes.

Truss Tester Accessory (Sold Separately)

Bridge building contests are an excellent platform for teaching engineering principles. A single bridge, however, can take a lot of time and material to complete. The Truss Tester Accessory allows students to focus on the design of a single truss, so the opportunity to learn from their efforts and engage in the engineering design process is emphasized, without spending an extraordinary amount of time building several bridges.

Free Bridge Competition Software

Vernier Bridge Competition Software is a free standalone application for Windows® and macOS® computers used for bridge (or other structure) competitions conducted with the Vernier Structures & Materials Tester. The software provides a visual representation of the force acting on the structure, as well as a comparison to previously tested structures.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals, including formaldehyde, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, see www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 45 cm x 50 cm x 20 cm
  • Weight: 22.15 lbs

Force Sensor

  • Operational Range: 0 to 1,000 N
  • Safety Range (maximum force without damage done to sensor): 0 to 1,300 N
  • Resolution: 1 N

Displacement Sensor

  • Range: 0 to 7 cm
  • Resolution: 0.01 cm

Experiments

Beam Inquiry Activities

Students can explore properties of materials and beam construction. These experiments are designed around the deflection of a beam supported on both ends and loaded by a downward force at its center.

Preview and/or edit the experiments for your curriculum by downloading the experiments below. The Student download includes objectives, materials, procedures, and analysis. The Instructor download includes notes, sample results and graphs, and answers.

EXPERIMENT DOWNLOAD
1 Deflection of a Rectangular, Center-Loaded Beam Student Instructor
2 Beam Shape and Deflection Student Instructor
3 Beam Modulus of Elasticity Student Instructor
4 Study of Trusses Student Instructor
5 Bridge Competition Student Instructor
6 Test Methods for Chalk Student Instructor

Requirements

Choose a platform below to see its compatibility requirements.

LabQuest 2

Full Support

The Vernier Structures & Materials Tester is fully supported with LabQuest 2 (version 2.8.5), a standalone data logger with built-in graphing and analysis software.

Learn more about LabQuest 2 »

Computers
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis 4 for Computers
Version 4.10
Logger Pro
Version 3.16
Logger Lite
Version 1.9.4
LabQuest StreamPartial support 1 2Full supportFull support 3 4
EasyLinkIncompatiblePartial support 1 5Partial support 1 5
Go!LinkPartial support 1Partial support 1Partial support 1
LabQuest 2Full support 1 6Full supportFull support 3
LabQuest MiniPartial support 1Full supportFull support 3

Compatibility Notes

  1. This interface/software combination can only collect force data; displacement measurements are not supported.
  2. Connect LabQuest Stream via USB. Future software updates will support connection via Bluetooth® technology
  3. This interface/software combination auto IDs the VSMT Force sensor; displacement measurements require a Logger Lite file found at www.vernier.com/til/3621/
  4. Connect LabQuest Stream via USB. Wireless connection is not supported.
  5. Requires an Easy to Go! adapter
  6. Full support of this sensor is only available when LabQuest 2 is connected to a computer or Chromebook via Wireless Data Sharing.
Chromebook
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis 4 for Chrome
Version 4.10
EasyLinkPartial support 1 2
Go!LinkPartial support 2
LabQuest 2Full support 2 3
LabQuest MiniPartial support 2
LabQuest StreamPartial support 2 4

Compatibility Notes

  1. Requires an Easy to Go! adapter
  2. This interface/software combination can only collect force data; displacement measurements are not supported.
  3. Full support of this sensor is only available when LabQuest 2 is connected to a computer or Chromebook via Wireless Data Sharing.
  4. Connect LabQuest Stream via USB. Future software updates will support connection via Bluetooth® technology
iOS
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis 4 for iOS
Version 4.10
Graphical Analysis GW for iOS
Version 4.0.6
LabQuest 2Full support 1Full support 1
LabQuest StreamPartial support 2Partial support 2

Compatibility Notes

  1. iOS and Android devices can only connect to LabQuest 2 via Wireless Data Sharing.
  2. This interface/software combination can only collect force data; displacement measurements are not supported.
Android
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis 4 for Android
Version 4.10
Graphical Analysis GW for Android
Version 3.2
Google Science Journal
Version 1.2.259
LabQuest 2Full support 1Full support 1Incompatible
LabQuest StreamPartial support 2Partial support 2Incompatible

Compatibility Notes

  1. iOS and Android devices can only connect to LabQuest 2 via Wireless Data Sharing.
  2. This interface/software combination can only collect force data; displacement measurements are not supported.
Arduino
Software
InterfaceArduino
Vernier Arduino® Interface ShieldFull support 1 2

Compatibility Notes

  1. You can only read the raw count/raw voltage output by this sensor. You must do the programming to convert to proper sensor units.
  2. Requires advanced programming for data collection
LabVIEW
Software
InterfaceNI LabVIEW
Go!LinkPartial support 1
SensorDAQFull support 2 3
Vernier myDAQ AdapterFull support 2 3
LabQuest MiniFull support
LabQuest StreamFull support
LabQuest 2Full support

Compatibility Notes

  1. This interface/software combination can only collect force data; displacement measurements are not supported.
  2. Requires advanced programming for data collection
  3. You can only read the raw count/raw voltage output by this sensor. You must do the programming to convert to proper sensor units.
Original LabQuest
Software
InterfaceLabQuest App for Original LabQuest
Version 1.7.6
Texas Instruments
Software
InterfaceEasyData
Version 2.4/4.0/5.2
DataMate
Version 1.15
TI-84 SmartViewDataQuest
Version 4.2
TI-Nspire Software
EasyLinkPartial support 1 2IncompatiblePartial support 1 3Partial support 1Partial support 1 3
Go!LinkPartial support 1 2 4IncompatiblePartial support 1Partial support 1 4Partial support 1
TI-Nspire Lab CradleIncompatibleIncompatibleIncompatiblePartial support 5Partial support 5
CBL 2Partial support 1 6Partial support 1 6 7IncompatibleIncompatibleIncompatible

Compatibility Notes

  1. This interface/software combination can only collect force data; displacement measurements are not supported.
  2. Use with TI-84 Plus calculators only.
  3. Requires an Easy to Go! adapter
  4. Requires a Go! to Easy adapter
  5. Sensor does not auto-ID; manual setup is required.
  6. CBL 2 and LabPro interfaces cannot be used with TI-84 Plus CE calculators.
  7. DataMate cannot be used with color screen TI-84 Plus calculators; use EasyData with these calculators.

What's Included

Accessories

AccessoryOrder CodePriceQuantity
Truss Tester AccessoryVSMT-TRUSS$128.00

Support

Warranty

5-year limited warranty

Replacement Parts

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