Ensure Accurate Readings When Testing Aggregate Samples

Ensure Accurate Readings When Testing Aggregate Samples

Posted by Ryan Morrison on 19th Feb 2015

Ohaus SD200L Bench Scale When performing an aggregate impact test to test toughness of road materials, there are several steps to take to insure the materials will be able to stand the test of time. One such step is to measure the mass of the materials after they have been oven dried. Having a reliable scale in the lab is crucial for getting an accurate measurement. This means the scale has to be correctly calibrated to get an accurate reading.

There are many other opportunities you might encounter in the lab in which you will need to weigh samples of soil, aggregate, concrete, etc. The accuracy of testing relies on the scale being used and the technician reading the scale, especially if it’s a mechanical scale. Other tips for helping maintain the accuracy of a scale’s readings are to maintain the temperature of the lab, air currents in the lab, and maintaining low vibrations in the laboratory. It’s important to calibrate your scale often, as moving or adjusting the scale can also affect the readings.

If you need to purchase any materials testing equipment to replace or add to your lab supplies, shop at Certified Materials Testing Products for your one stop shop for all your testing products. We offer equipment for testing concrete, asphalt, aggregate and soil testing. You can even sign up for savings and discounts with us. We sell both mechanical scales, like the Virtual Triple Beam Balance or digital scales, like the with a digital readout.