E31.2 E32.2

Concrete Sample Compaction

UTC-0910To ensure uniformity and comparability in test results, having compacted cylinder samples is essential. There are various options for compacting cylinders including tamping, external and internal vibrating.

AS1012.8.1 Chapter 7 gives advice on the moulding of lab specimens. Vibration must be used on samples with slump less than 40mm, as rodding or tamping must not be used in those circumstances. Segregation can occur when specimens of concrete have a slump greater than 100mm. To make sure this doesn't occur, great care must be taken with the specimens.

The procedure for the compaction by vibration of specimens shall be as follows:

  1. Fill the moulds in two approximately equal layers.
  2. Vibrate each layer until the surface becomes relatively smooth in appearance. If mortar begins to collect on the surface, stop the vibration immediately.
  3. Place adequate concrete in the top layer, to overfill the mould when compacted; if the mould is not completely filled after partial compaction of the top layer, add some additional concrete and complete compaction.
  4. Strike off and smooth the surface of the concrete. Make sure to avoid a mirror finish.

Vibrating Tables

UTC-0900Vibrating tables provide external vibration and can be used in all circumstances regardless of concrete slump etc. Two vibrating table models are available, small vibrating table UTC-0900 and large vibrating table UTC-0910. The small vibrating table can have two 100 mm cylinders moulds placed on top. As for the large table, eight 100 mm cylinder moulds are allowed. Special installation is not required as the frame of the machine dampens the vibration.

Technical Specifications
 Models  UTC-0900  UTC-0910
 Table top length (mm)  400  620
 Table top width (mm)  650  1260
 Weight (kg)   60  154
 Vibrating motor (kW)  0.17  0.17

Vibrating Pokers

UTC-0928The UTEST Vibrating Pokers have been designed for the internal compaction of lab samples. They are a suitable alternative to the traditional tamping rod, especially if there is a large number of samples that needs to be prepared. Four models are shown in the table below. PCTE have confirmed that these vibrators fit the RMS standard.

Technical Specifications
 Product Code  Type and Shaft  Frequency
 UTC-0928  Ø 22x350mm tip-1m shaft  10,000 vib/min
 UTC-0930  Ø 22x350mm tip-2m shaft  12,000 vib/min
 UTC-0932  Ø 27x350mm tip-2m shaft  12,000 vib/min
 UTC-0935  Ø 32x350mm tip-2m shaft  12,000 vib/min

Additional Information

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