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New rugged penetrometers for field-testing concrete and soils



As part of its continuous improvement program, ELE has re-designed its pocket penetrometers. There are two versions; one for testing soils and the other for testing concrete. 
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New rugged penetrometers for field-testing concrete and soils

Pocket penetrometers have been manufactured by ELE International for decades, but as part of the company's continuous product development programme, two new rugged versions are now available.

"The most important feature of the new penetrometers is that they are made from ground and polished stainless steel with a special wear-resistant coating to prevent rust," reports Engineering Manager, Richard Windsor. Heavier and more robust than their predecessors, the new penetrometers also feature a calibrated spring, a new low wear indicator ring to avoid scratching, and they are supplied with a convenient carrying case.

As their name implies, pocket penetrometers are compact devices, used for indicative measurements in the field. The soil pocket penetrometer evaluates consistency and approximate unconfined compressive strength of soils.It was developed for use by field personnel to check the visual classification of soils for construction purposes. The pocket penetrometer's scale was originally developed (by ELE Soiltest) after the compilation of several thousand unconfined compressive strength tests of various soil types.

The concrete penetrometer helps measure setting time and the ‘initial set' of a concrete mix, which is the semi-hardened, partially hydrated condition after which workability is not possible. The test can be used to assess the effects of admixtures, water content or cementitious materials on the time of setting of concrete, and may also be applied to prepared mortars and grouts. The applicable Standard Methods are ASTM C403 and AASHTO T197.

Summarising, Richard says: "Field instruments need to be extremely rugged and we believe that customers with be impressed with the quality and feel of these new penetrometers."

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For further information, contact:


United Kingdom


ELE International Ltd

Chartmoor Road,

Chartwell Business Park,

Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 4WG

Tel: +44 (0) 1525 249 200

Fax: +44 (0) 1525 249 249


United States

ELE International

PO Box 389

Loveland, CO 80539

Tel: +1 (800) 323 1242

Fax: +1 (970) 663 9781



Tel: +1 (800) 323 1242



ELE International

1 Clementi Loop


Singapore 129808

Tel: +65 6469 8351

Fax: +65 6469 7533


M. East & N. Africa

Tel: + 9714 5508757



Notes to editors:

ELE International specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of high quality construction materials testing equipment and environmental instrumentation. The company's products are backed by global customer service, with comprehensive technical and applications support.

ELE International was founded in 1961 to supply testing equipment to the Construction Materials Industry. The Environmental Division, specialising in international projects, was created in 1983.

Product sales, service and advice is available from strategically located offices in the UK and USA, supported by regional offices with ELE associates located in People's Republic of China, the Middle East and Singapore.

As part of the multi-national Danaher Corporation, ELE has the resources, skills and knowledge to provide a high level of support for customers, to ensure accurate, reliable and consistent sample testing.

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