Recommended sample preparation for a TST350 or TST250V tensile stage
It is recommended that the sample is cut into a bow-tie shape, as shown below:
Maximum length: 26.00mm
Minimum width: 7.00mm
Maximum thickness: 2.00mm
The narrowest area of sample is placed in middle of the heating element and is therefore in the field of view with the microscope. By making the bow-tie shape the point of failure is predictable and can be closely monitored.
For further information, please see your stage user guide.