Simple Shear Test for Soils
Simple Shear Test

The GCTS Simple Shear Testing Systems feature digital servo control of the shear and normal load actuators, allowing for precise computer control of all simple shear testing procedures. These systems can apply loads both statically and dynamically. 


The GCTS Simple Shear Systems feature:


  • Complete "turn-key" system
  • Closed-loop digital servo control of shear and normal loads or displacements and confining pressure
  • Dynamic loads applied at up to 20 Hz
  • Confining pressure capacity of up to 2000 kPa (300 psi)
  • Axial and shear load capacity of up to 25 kN
  • Specimen diameter of up to 100 mm (4 in.)
  • Can be upgraded with ultrasonic platens or to perform testing on unsaturated soils
  • Easy specimen installation possible with automatic load frame tilt mechanism

The GCTS Simple Shear System was designed to perform simple shear tests easily and accurately. The hinged loading frame allows for easy specimen preparation while maintaining the stiffness of the loading frame. Lateral support of the specimen is provided by the confining pressure, which can be applied due to the use of the modified triaxial cell. This also allows the system to be modified to perform triaxial tests as well as the simple shear tests. 

Please contact GCTS for full specifications.