2PT Trapezoidal Bending Beam

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Rigid test frame housed within temperature cabinet

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Temperature cabinet range -20 to 30°C

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Frequency range from 0.1 to 30Hz

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User-friendly software for fatigue and stiffness modulus tests

Accurate temperature control

Bending tests are widely used for measuring the stiffness modulus and assessing the fatigue resistance of asphaltic paving materials. The two-point bending test on trapezoidal specimens is, arguably, the most repeatable and reproducible bending test method detailed in the relevant EN12697 standards. In this test the specimen is mounted as a vertical cantilever. The base is fixed and the top is moved sinusoidally with a constant displacement amplitude. The trapezoidal shape ensures that the maximum values of bending stress and strain occur away from the ends of the specimen where there are likely to be stress concentrations.
With the James Cox equipment, two trapezoidal specimens are tested simultaneously and stiffness modulus can be determined at a range of frequencies and temperatures. In the fatigue test the specimens are subjected to a constant strain amplitude at a selected frequency and temperature until the stiffness modulus decreases to a user-selected target level (normally 50 percent of its initial value).

  • Rigid test frame housed within temperature cabinet
  • Temperature cabinet with fan assisted air circulation and glazed viewing door
  • Temperature cabinet range -20 to 30°C
  • Machine designed to test two or four specimens simultaneously
  • Frequency range from 0.1 to 30Hz
  • Precise manual setting of strain amplitude
  • Accurate pre-test displacement transducer adjustment using software feedback
  • Two high-precision ±2.5kN fatigue rated piezoelectric force transducers
  • High-speed control and acquisition system for interfacing to host computer
  • User-friendly software for fatigue and stiffness modulus tests
  • Software for automatically carrying out frequency sweeps

 

Force Transducer2 x 2.5kN Miniature fatigue rated (0.450lbf)
Specimen Transducer Range mm (inch)±1 (0.039)
Frequency1 to 30 Hz
Electrical Supply220-240 Volts 50 Hz @ 16A
Dimensions (WxDxH) mm (inch)1050 x 974 x 1950 (41.5 x 38.3 x 76.8)
Working Space Required (WxDxH) mm (inch)2050 x 1974 x 2100 (81 x 77.7 x 82.7)
Estimated Weight Kg (lbs)800 (1763.7)
PCIncluded
Temperature (Integral Cabinet)-20 to 30°C (-4 to 86°F)

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Designed to test two or four specimens simultaneously

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