- New version 3 for the new ring shear tester RST Mk II
- Suitable for measurements for product characterization, quality control, comparative tests, silo design.
- Contains the experience resulting from shear tests on hundreds of bulk solids.
- Test results on a mouse-click! Measure flowability (yield locus), wall friction, time consolidation, compressibility and attrition.
With a computer-controlled, automatic Ring Shear Tester RST Mk II or RST-XS.s (or the predecessors RST-01.pc and RST-XS) and software RST-CONTROL, several types of powder tests can be performed automatically, e.g. flowability tests, measurement of yield loci, wall friction tests, time consolidation tests, compressibility tests, and attrition tests.
RST-CONTROL contains experience from bulk solid measurements on different products. Therefore, RST-CONTROL reacts based on experience to the different properties of different bulk solids in order to achieve an optimal test control. This means that the test procedure takes into account the specific characteristics of the bulk solid to be tested for each measurement - no "one size fits all". Thus, even "newbies" have a broad base of experience immediately available.
RST-CONTROL in combination with a Ring Shear Tester covers the full range from the "normal"user, who needs test results, but does not wish to study the complete theoretical background of bulk solid's flow theory, to the bulk solid specialist, who intends to run tests at precisely defined conditions.
RST-CONTROL provides several modes of operation, e.g. so-called standard test procedures for each type of test listed above, where the test parameters like the consolidation stress are entered once, and subsequently the operator just has to choose the "standard test" option from the program menu. After a few mouse-clicks the test starts. More experienced users can use a detailed procedure for entering the test parameters, or can load these parameters from a control file library. Thus, the Ring Shear Tester can be used for many applications, and it can be operated from personnel of different levels of "powder" education.
For special applications also a semiautomatic test mode is provided. At the semiautomatic mode the operator observes the measured data on the screen and controls the test via the PC keyboard. A manual mode is also available for individual measurement procedures where shear velocity and normal stress can be controlled via an input window.
RST-CONTROL makes possible to regard the measured yield loci (see image), wall yield loci or time yield loci on the computer screen immediately after a test is finished, printing the test results or saving the results on disk. Additionally, further evaluation of the test results with the evaluation software RSV is possible which is implemented in RST-CONTROL.
New features in RST-CONTROL v3
Compared to RST-CONTROL 95, enhancements and changes have been added, e.g.:
- More formats for exporting protocols and reports: pdf, csv, xls, text file (ASCII).
- Measurement results are saved as "Flow property exchange file" (FPE) (former formats INP and EIF can still be imported, but are no longer available as output formats) . The FPE files contain information about time/date of measurement, logged-in user (if Admin/User option is enabled), type and serial number of the measurement device and other customizable information lines which are filled at the beginning of a measurement (e.g. for environmental conditions, further details about the sample, laboratory...). The "Flow property exchange files" can be read by the funnel design software CAHD.
- New shear procedures for handling vibrations (e.g. stick-slip); optionally the previous procedures can be used.
- Extension of the windows for viewing raw measurement data.
- Measurements can be merged in the program (e.g. a "mean" measurement is created from several yield point measurements, or a yield point can be easily assembled from individually measured points).
- Optionally, an admin/user system can be enabled. Measurement data and reports/protocols are then provided with the user name.
- Optional: creation of pdf logs in the manner of audit trails.
- Calibration history is saved and can be viewed afterwards.
- Visually adapted to Windows® 11*.
Example: Yield locus test with RST-CONTROL
Please note: The images below
represent the former version RST-CONTROL 95.
After starting the program, RST-CONTROL shows the evaluation window (picture below). Here, the different measurements (yield loci, wall friction tests, time consolidation, ...) can be viewed, edited and exported as graphics. If several yield loci of the same product were measured at different stresses, graphs of bulk density, unconfined yield strength, or internal friction versus consolidation stress can be plotted in diagrams.
From the evaluation window you reach the measuring window (RST-CONTROL window, see figure below). In the lower left area of the window, select the type of measurement, e.g. YL = yield locus, or WYL = wall yield locus and select the number of the shear cell that shall be used for the test. For entering the normal stresses of the test points are entered in a window. On the image the window for entering the normal stresses for a yield locus test is opened. Depending on the requirements, a standard test can be selected here, or previously created test procedures (CONTROL files) can be opened, or individual test points can be specified.
After the normal stresses, the name of the sample and the mass of the filled shear cell have been entered, the test procedure is started. As shown in the picture below, RST-CONTROL guides you through the procedure: Place the shear cell on the tester, etc. This can also be done by voice output if the ring shear tester is a little distant from the PC.
After the shear is placed on and connected to the tester, the automatic test procedure begins. On the image below, the specimen has already been presheared and sheared to failure three times for the measurement of a yield locus. The blue curve shows the shear stress over time. Due to the increase of bulk density, caused by the consolidation process, the shear cell lid has moved downward somewhat as shown by the descending course of the red curve "lid displacement". In the lower part of the image, the preliminary evaluation has been activated, where the yield locus constructed from the points already measured is displayed with the associated flow properties to the left (e.g., FC = unconfined yield strength, RHOB = bulk density).
After completion of the test, the measurement data are saved. On the evaluation window (picture below, shown is the previously measured yield locus with the flow properties) the test results can then be viewed in detail or evaluated differently, and printed or exported as a graphic or table. Furthermore, other measurements can be added to compare the test results (e.g. the flow behavior of different samples or mixtures). Furthermore, the output files generated by RST-CONTROL 95 can be imported by the program CAHD - computer-aided hopper design.
PC running Microsoft Windows® 7/8/10/11*, screen resolution min. 1024x768, one free serial communication port or USB port. For the acoustic user guide (optional) sound card and speakers are required.
* Microsoft Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 10, and Windows® 11 are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp., U.S.A.
Technical modifications and errors excepted.