This equipment is used for determining the unconfined compressive strength of intact rock core specimens. The rock sample is cut to length and the ends are machined flat. The specimen is placed in a loading frame and if required heated to the desired test temperature. Axial load is continuously increased on the specimen until peak load and failure are obtained.
The load frame is extremely versatile and designed to conduct triaxial unconfined tests and unconfined compression tests on rock specimens with diameters from 38-100mm and AX, BX, NX specimens.
The instrument consists of a cabinet that houses the gear system and motor with sturdy angle iron frame. Loading is through the bottom loading platen, which is carried on a lead screw that advances upwards. The top load bracket, which slides over two upright pillars, can be positioned at any desired height and locked. It carries a screw adaptor for standard proving rings or load cells.
The loading part of the unit is detachable from the main unit for ease of transport and to avoid damage to the tension rods.
Applicable Standards: ASTM 2938, D7012.