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BS 3137

Introducing BSI - BS 3137 - Industrial Physics

BSI - BS 3137 is a global BSI method that uses a burst tester to measure the maximum bursting strength of paper and paperboard products.  

Bursting strength is widely used as a measure of resistance to rupture in many kinds of paper. Burst tests are relatively easy and inexpensive to perform and simulate the pressures your packaging and products will encounter in the real world, helping you to predict how they’ll perform. 

Brought to you by the British Standard Industry (BSI), the UK’s national standards agency, BS 3137 describes methods for measuring the bursting strength of paper and board - including solid and corrugated fibreboard.  

The BSI BS 3137 burst testing range

BS 3137 is a solid testing choice for paper samples with a bursting strength within the range from 70 kN/m2 to 1 100 kN/m2h and board within the range of 350kN/m2 to 5,500kN/m2.  

This BS burst test shouldn’t generally be used for the components of a combined board - such as fluting medium or linerboard. Paper of bursting strength less than 70 kN/m2 may also be tested by burst testing a number of sheets together. A pneumatic method, sometimes needed for pulp handsheets and weak papers, is also described. 

BSI BS 3137 burst tester devices

So, how can Industrial Physics improve your BSI BS 3137 testing? 

Burst Tester 13-56 

This digital mullen burst tester will measure the strength and resilience of sheet materials by burst testing for real life failures such as punctures and rupture.

It uses hydraulic pressurization of a membrane against a clamped, film, or sheet sample. This burst testing approach produces a multi-directional stress on the material to failure – which is the burst strength.

With state-of-the-art electronics and user interface, our new 13-56 burst tester is easier to use than ever before and makes light work of BSI BS 3137 testing. 

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We’ve learnt a thing or two about burst strength testing over the decades. Now Industrial Physics is recognized as a brand that likes to bring new, innovative burst tester technology to market. 

We like to share our knowledge and we’re here to help you to answer your questions about thickness testing. Across the knowledgebase section of our website we publish lots of blogs on related subjects.   

First up, why not try this blog that looks at the differences between Burst Testing vs Peel Testing. Following the burst testing theme, you could then follow up with this piece which explores how Burst Tests Save Lives! 

If you have any questions about BIS BS 3137 and how we can help you with your bursting strength testing, then please just get in touch!

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