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penetration resistance test iconPenetration Resistance Testing

Penetration resistance testing can range from soils and concrete to soft fruit and gels. It can be a feature of mechanical strength in construction, but equally a feature of texture analysis, as with food and cosmetics. Mecmesin specialises in sample bench testing, from a few mN up to 50 kN, but our hand-held instruments include the Shotcrete Penetrometer for assessing the curing rate of sprayed concrete. Standardisation of test methods involves choice of probe, which can be a needle, a blunt probe of given diameter, or a cone of given angle. Using a motorised universal tester, the penetration rate can be precisely controlled, and the pattern of penetration to a given depth recorded in detail.

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Penetration resistance standards

There are many standards for compression testing, developed by international and trade organisations, including:

  • ASTM C403 : time of setting of concrete mixtures by penetration resistance
  • ASTM D1321 : needle penetration of petroleum waxes
  • ASTM D5 : penetration of bituminous materials
  • ASTM F1306 : slow rate penetration resistance of flexible barrier films and laminates
  • BS EN ISO 11608-2 : needle-based injection systems for medical use; requirements and test methods; needles
  • BS EN ISO 23907 : sharps injury protection
  • BS ISO 14488 : particulate materials; sampling and sample splitting for the determination of particulate properties
  • IEC 60371-2 : specification for insulating materials based on mica - part 2 methods of test
  • ISO 9665 : adhesives - animal glues - methods of sampling and testing
  • Ph. Eur. 3.2.9 : rubber closures for containers for aqueous parenteral preparations, for powders and for freeze-dried powders
  • USP <381> : elastomeric closures for injection

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