Pine Instrument Introduces Hydraulic Cement Concrete Measurement System

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Pine AFCT2 Determines Coefficient of Thermal Expansion Over Temperature Range of 10°C to 50°C. System meets Mechanistic Empirical Design Guide Federal Requirements.

Pine Instrument Company, a leader in the design and manufacture of materials testing equipment, has introduced the Pine AFCT2 system for determining the Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) of hydraulic cement samples over a temperate Range of 10°C to 50°C. The test, which meets Mechanistic Empirical Design Guide Federal Requirements; the requirements of AASHTO T366; and accommodates specimen diameters of 90 mm to 160 mm and samples lengths of 168 mm to 188 mm.

The Pine AFCT2 holds three test fixtures and consists of a water-bath, heating/cooling circulator, specimen fixture, interface electronics, temperature measurement instrumentation and control software. A titanium calibration specimen and a 304 stainless steel verification specimen accompany the system. The system comes with one fixture with additional fixtures available. Standard setup includes a single temperature probe with two- and four-probe configurations available. Purchase of the control computer from Pine is optional.

The control software manages the testing sequence, cycling the temperature while storing the temperature, displacement, and time data. Most testing parameters are programmable to allow for alternate testing protocols. The AFCT2 requires relatively minimal operator input and attention.


Power    AFCT2: 100-240 VAC, 1 Amp, 50/60 Hz, 1 ph
Circulator: 115 VAC (108V – 132V), 16.4 Amps, 60 Hz, 1 ph
                 Or 240 VAC (198V – 264V), 12.5 Amps, 50 Hz, 1 ph

Shipping weight    Approx. 136 kg (300 lbs.)

Footprint    Approx. 45” D x 35” W x 35.5” H for water-bath/circulator system
Note: Allow additional space along the unit for an operator to load specimens.

Water Bath    68 liters/18 gal (capacity for three fixtures)

Circulator    Temperature Range: 10° - 50° ±0.1°C (50°-122°F)
Performance (approximate):
Heating 10° – 50° C: ~3.5 hour
Cooling 50° – 10° C: ~2 hour

Specimen Fixture    Corrosion Resistant Alloy with Submersible LVDT

Verification Specimen    304 Stainless Steel, 178.8 mm (7”) w/ ASTM E228 CTE

Calibration Specimen    Titanium, 178.8 mm (7”) w/ ASTM E228 CTE

Specimen Size    Diameter: 75 – 160 mm (3.0 – 6.3”)
Length: 178.8 ±2.54 mm (7.0”)

Input Parameters    Specimen Length, Identification
Temperature Set Points
Equilibrium Requirement (i.e.: 0.00025 mm / 30 minutes)
Stop Criteria(i.e.: 0.3 µ-strain/°C)

Data Acquisition    Bath Temperature (1 channel standard, 2 & 4 channel optional)
Up to 3 Specimen Fixtures (1 fixture is standard, others optional)
Specimen Temperature (optional)

Output Parameters    Formatted Excel® spreadsheet
Time, Temperature, Change in Length, CTE

Minimum Computer Requirements    Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor, Microsoft® Windows® 7, 256 MB RAM, 1.2 GB Hard drive space, Microsoft® Excel® 2003, monitor resolution 1024 x 768, 16-bit color

Test Standard    AASHTO T336

About Pine Instrument Company:

Pine Instrument Company, a privately held corporation headquartered in Grove City, PA, manufactures and supplies both Superpave™ and Marshall asphalt testing equipment to paving contractors, state highway departments, colleges and universities, and the Federal Highway Administration. Pine manufactures and sells two models of the Superpave Gyratory Compactor to meet the needs of all customers. Pine also manufactures and supplies electrochemical research equipment domestically and internationally to major colleges and universities, and to the research and development departments of major corporations. In addition, Pine Instrument provides both design and electronic assembly services to Fortune 500 firms, and well as to smaller manufacturers. For more information about Pine, visit

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