Main Considerations While Using Concrete Testing Equipment

Posted by PCTE on July 3rd, 2017

Concrete testing can be conducted in a laboratory or right in the job site. For laboratory testing, concrete samples are gathered and tested using specially developed equipment like compression testing machines. Site testing typically involves the slump test on delivered concrete and the on-site sampling of concrete cylinders for compression tests. You can source concrete testing equipment online from reliable providers, but there are certain things you must consider before and while using any machine: 

  • All test systems must support and follow Australian standards - Concrete testing equipment be made to ensure that the procedure it follows complies with the correct procedures recommended in the AS1012. The same standard defines the correct sampling equipment and machinery, as well as the other tests that can determine concrete strength, like flexural testing and indirect flexural strength by splitting. 
  • Machinery must meet safety and industrial standards – Make sure that the compression machine meets the requirements of the CE norms for the health and safety of operators. Likewise, its technical properties must meet EN 12390-4 standards. That way, you can be sure that it is applicable to early unconfined compression strength tests, mortar compression tests, unconfined splitting and flexural tests, and unconfined core testing. Concrete testing equipment must meet Australian standards for precision too. 
  • The machine’s function – Automatic compression machines paired with a secondary flexural frame are ideal for determining the split, flexural, and compression strengths of concrete. Additional accessories can be installed in some machines for specialty testing, like splitting and flexural tests and cement compression tests. 
  • Proper safety equipment – High-end concrete testing machines come with safety features, such as a piston travel limit switch, maximum pressure valves to prevent overloading, emergency stop button, software-controlled maximum load value, and durable Plexiglas guards. However, it still makes sense for operators to wear safety equipment and gear, such as safety goggles, gloves, and a hard hat, in case parts of the concrete sample break and fly off. Safety gear and equipment helps prevent or minimise injury. 

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