The flexural and transverse strength of concrete is of interest to engineers for many reasons. Movement of strucutres which may be induced by e.g. Temperature changes, ground vibrations, cyclic loading of road pavements and many other external influences, will set up internal stresses within a concrete member.
Modern concrete technology utilises a wide range of materials such as glass or steel fibres to improve the flexural strength of the concrete. These modified concretes often require the use of special tests and equipment.
Lower loads are used to test concrete in flexure; however, the shape and size of test specimens is such that larger and often heavy specimens can be difficult to handle. ELE has designed the range of machines offered to provide for ease of specimen positioning and subsequent testing. The range of flexural test equipment offered provides a wide variety of choice and test methods including low strength compression tests using optional ball seating assemblies.