The Vicat Needle Apparatus -QualiSet units are to determine the initial and final setting time of cement, mortar pastes and gypsum according to DIN 1164/ EN 196 / BS 4550/ ASTM C187-191 EN 480-2 / DIN 1168 / Test method B EN 12379-2 / ASTM C472-99. The beginning and the end of the setting process is determined by the penetration behaviour of a steel needle into a cement paste sample, under certain specified conditions.
For automatic determination of the initial and final setting and for recording setting curves.
The test sequence is programmable. The tests can be performed in air or in the temperature-controlled water bath. The total weight of the drop rod and the Vicat needle is 300g. After each insertion the Vicat needle is automatically cleaned by a cleaning device.
The 6, 8 and 11 test stations are arranged in a plastic tray.
The scope of supply includes the basic apparatus as a table model with control unit and standard software for performing and analyzing the tests (Windows operating system); included Vicat need and 6 vicat rings, needle cleaning device, heat exchange for constant water temperature.
Use of the apparatus requires a standard PC with screen or a laptop, which is not included with the apparatus.