POPPE + POTTHOFF MASCHINENBAU GMBH - Test benches for testing (high) pressure vessel and components.


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In order to prove the quality of the fluid-carrying parts, all hoses, pipes, pressure vessels and other components are put under pressure until they burst. The process is precisely measured and documented in order to optimally design the components for specific applications.

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The Poppe + Potthoff impulse test stands test the operating or fatigue strength of various metal and plastic components. The endurance test in our high-pressure test systems simulates the life-cycle under varying loads. The failure tests thus show the potential weaknesses of the components with respect to design and material. The pressure is optionally modulated as a sine wave, trapezoid curve or needle pulse. Our test stands are characterized by a special ergonomics and are designed by Poppe + Potthoff machine design. Due to our flexible modular design, our machines are very variable, so that the pressure and volume range is designed according to the customer’s requirements. Of course, our systems are UL or CE compliant as required. In addition, we offer you service and support directly on-site.

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Autofrettage is a method for increasing fatigue strength of components for use at high and pulsating pressures. In short, Autofrettage compresses a container’s inner surface, making better use of the material’s structural properties. The process can reduce fatigue concerns in pulsating applications and lets engineers reduce tubing thickness in high-pressure applications without sacrificing strength, life, or safety. The autofrettage method is based on the reciprocal relationship of the plasticized inner zone and the elastically deformed outer zone. The components are placed under so much pressure that their interiors become plastically deformed. After relaxing, pressure stresses are created in these areas, which prevent the outer areas from reforming to their original shape. Instead, it remains stretched. This prevents crack formation in the later application, increases the service life of

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In order to ensure that castings, valves, pumps, hoses and other components or groups have been manufactured free of leakage, they are tested in non-destructive leakage tests. Oxygen, air, nitrogen or sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) can be used as the test medium.

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Poppe + Potthoff Maschinenbau GmbH develops and manufactures installations for operation and endurance testing of components in the automotive and shipbuilding sector as well as other industries. The precise and powerful special machines that this specialist for high pressure and testing technology produces, are used in research, development and production processes. This includes installations for bursting pressure and leak tests, pressure cycling testing, autofrettage as well as installations for testing the function of components. Our company, based in Nordhausen (Germany), is a member of the Poppe + Potthoff Group. As a developer of systems, we put our customers' requirements centre stage. Our focus is on technologically complex installation systems of testing and high pressure engineering. As a developer of systems, we offer everything from a single source; from concept development through to design and production (mechanical + electric) all the way to software development.


Burst test stands

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An der Helme 26

99734 Nordhausen - Germany


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  • Company headcount
    > 500
  • Sales staff
    1 – 10
  • % of export sales


  • Year established
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    Registered office
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  • Deutsche Bank

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  • Shared
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  • Mechanical engineering - custom work
  • Bursting pressure test rigs
  • Sorting plants
  • Autofrettage systems
  • Leak test benches
  • Compressed air boosters
  • Hydraulic test rigs
  • centrifugal electropumps
  • Measuring and testing systems
  • Hose test rigs