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Bending Beam Rheometer (BBR)

Bending Beam Rheometer (BBR)
Bending Beam Rheometer

The Bending Beam Rheometer (BBR) performs flexural tests on asphalt binder and similar specimens per ASTM D6648-01 and AASHTO T313-02. These tests, initially developed by the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP), consist of a constant force being applied to a specimen in a chilled fluid bath in order to derive specific rates of deformation at various temperatures. The complete BBR system consists of a fluid bath base unit, a three-point bend test apparatus, which is easily removed from the base unit for specimen loading and unloading, an external cooling unit with temperature controller and a calibration hardware kit with carrying case. The unit features an integral, stainless steel load frame and In-line, blunt-point loading shaft. The large, easy-to-read digital display shows load, displacement, and bath temperature for ease of setup and operation. Real-time displacement, loading, and temperature graphs are displayed during the test cycle and can be re-plotted and re-scaled as needed for easy viewing. Unit includes ASTM/AASHTO-compliant specimen molds and complete calibration kit with carrying case.