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Introducing the Gleeble 500 Series: An Economical Platform for Metallurgy Research 

Dynamic Systems Inc., the world leader in the development of thermal-mechanical simulation systems for metallurgical research, recently announced the introduction of a new, low-cost Gleeble system, enabling more researchers and organizations to benefit from Gleeble technology. 

Specializing in high temperature applications, Gleeble systems subject a sample of material to precise thermal-mechanical conditions to study a wide range of applications and solve critical engineering challenges. The Gleeble 500 Series uses a patented QuickJack gripping system to secure samples, which are then heated resistively via electrical current passed directly through the specimen while tensile or compressive force is applied. Extremely rapid and precise temperature control enables operators to create exact thermal profiles needed to conduct accurate simulations. Capable of up to 30 kN of force in compression and tension, Gleeble 500 Series systems utilize highly precise measurement equipment to record such performance parameters as stress, strain, strain rate and temperature for further analysis.

In 2015, DSI introduced the Gleeble 540 Welding Simulator. Its small footprint and affordable price made this an ideal solution for organizations that rely on welding technology. Built on this success, DSI has launched the Gleeble 563 Thermal Mechanical Simulation (TMS) System, which offers additional deformation capabilities, including equipment for uniaxial compression and plane strain studies.

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Both the Gleeble 540 and Gleeble 563 are tailored to provide compact, economical solutions for researchers while retaining the world-class capabilities that have made Gleeble systems the industry standard for over 60 years. Testing and simulation capabilities include:

  • Weld HAZ Simulation
  • Nil-Strength Testing
  • Charpy Specimen Heat Treatment
  • Hot Ductility and Tensile Testing
  • Melting and Solidification
  • Study of Local Brittle Zones
  • Embrittlement and Crack Susceptibility
  • Strain Induced Crack Opening (SICO)
  • Post-Weld Heat Treating
  • Simulation of multiple welding processes

Gleeble systems have assisted engineers in solving material challenges for over 60 years, including characterizing new alloys, optimizing production processes, lightweighting, lowering costs and improving product quality for Metallic components when high-performance and reliability are an absolute necessity. Industries, including automotive, aerospace, pipe and tube, energy and heavy-duty machinery, rely on Gleeble research to continually improve product quality while reducing costs associated with product development, processing and energy consumption. 500 Series systems utilize new user interfaces with modern touch-screen controls that enables fast setup and allows users to run tests significantly faster and easier than traditional control systems. Additional features include:

  • High-speed, direct resistance heating up to 10,000°C/second
  • Controlled cooling or accelerated cooling with optional quench (air/gas/water/mist)
  • Ability to test in vacuum, air or inert gas
  • User friendly and easy to use controls and software
  • Quiet operation, easy installation and a small laboratory footprint
  • Ideal for use as both a research and teaching tool

James Papa, DSI’s CEO, best described the inspiration for offering this new line of systems, “Traditional Gleeble systems such as the Gleeble 3500 and 3800 offer unparalleled capabilities that have changed the world by opening up new avenues in materials research. However, organizations with smaller facilities or limited budgets may have difficulty finding the space or acquiring the investment needed for a traditional Gleeble system. The 500 Series of systems is designed to provide maximum value by delivering world-class performance in a smaller, more affordable package.”

Access to Gleeble research is a significant competitive advantage for organizations that must continually innovate and refine materials and processes. One of the driving forces behind the development of the 500 series was the desire to make Gleeble technology more attainable to unlock the potential in smaller organizations and allow more entities to benefit from this world-class technology.

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