BFF-5 Beam Flexural Fatigue Apparatus
The GCTS BFF-5 Beam Flexural Fatigue Apparatus is excellent for testing the fatigue life of advanced Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA). The tests can be done in two modes (constant strain/deflection or constant stress/load) and is controlled by the GCTS Computer Aided Testing Software (CATS) package.
The GCTS Stand-Alone Beam Flexural Fatigue Apparatus is an advanced Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) testing system used to determine the fatigue life of the pavement layer. The fatigue life is an important indicator of the field performance of asphalt subject to repeated flexural loading. The fatigue test on the asphalt beam can be conducted in two modes: constant strain/deflection or constant stress/load; both utilizing haversine, sine, square, triangular or user defined waveform. The constant strain mode is recommended for thinner pavement layers (< 5” thickness); while in thicker pavements (> 5” thickness) constant stress loading simulates the field conditions more closely. The BFF-5 can perform the fatigue test in both modes at frequencies up to 60 Hertz*.
The BFF-5 stand-alone apparatus is a self-contained system featuring cradle support for the asphalt beam, clamps with controlled clamping force, LVDT, strain gauge and servo-controlled pneumatic actuators. The BFF-5 is controlled with the GCTS Signal Conditioning and Control Unit (SCON-2000) which is interfaced through Windows© Computer Aided Testing Software (CATS) package. The software automatically obtains the fatigue life parameters such as: initial stiffness, maximum tensile stress/strain, flexural stiffness, phase angle, dissipated energy per cycle, cumulative dissipated energy to failure and number of cycles to failure.
The standard beam fatigue test is performed at intermediate temperatures of 20°C (68°F). GCTS offers an optional environmental chamber capable of controlling the specimen temperature throughout the test. The environmental chamber control accuracy is better than ±0.5°C. Temperatures of ‑30° to +150° (with liquid nitrogen boost) can be achieved with this option.
* Amplitudes reduced at high frequencies. Also, amplitudes dependent on material stiffness and compressed air supply. Please contact GCTS for frequency response performance chart.