Thermal Stress Restrained Specimen Test (TSRST) simulates real-world thermal cracking conditions in your lab.
Determine the failure characteristics of Asphaltic Concrete (AC) specimens when cooled below freezing according to a user defined temperature profile.
Evaluate low temperature performance of field cores from existing roads.
Test laboratory compacted cores of new or experimental mixes.
Learn the effects on low temperature performance of modified binders and from adding modifiers to standard asphalt binders.
Install your instrumented AC specimen inside the TSRST’s insulated Environmental Cabinet and cool it with Liquid Nitrogen (LN2) from a user-supplied tank or with chilled, dry air. Restrain the specimen with a computer controlled servo system that applies the force (stress) necessary to counteract the contraction that results from cooling the specimen.
Monitor the test and record test parameters with the data acquisition system, which consists of transducers, signal conditioning electronics, a personal computer and OEM’s TSRST 4 software. The transducers include two displacement LVDTs, a Load Cell, four Specimen Resistance Temperature Devices (RTDs) and one Environmental Cabinet RTD.
Choose a constant cooling rate, such as the 10°C per hour rate proposed in the original AASHTO Preliminary Specification TP10, or select a user defined temperature profile. The user defined temperature profile selects control based on cabinet or specimen temperature and may include multiple cooling cycles.
Measure the load (stress) applied by the servo system to counteract the thermally induced specimen contraction, with the LVDTs confirm constant specimen length during the test; monitor specimen temperature with the Specimen RTDs and monitor the environmental cabinet temperature with cabinet RTD. Control the test, log data and generate reports using the dedicated personal computer.
Mount your round, square or rectangular specimen perpendicular to and centered on the platens using the OEM, Inc. Alignment Stand. Calibrate the LVDTs and Load Cell using OEM’s TSRST Calibration Device along with OEM’s TSRST 4 software.
The servo controlled TSRST apparatus was developed by Oregon State University (OSU) as part of a Strategic Highway Research Program. OEM, Inc. is the only firm licensed by OSU to manufacture the apparatus. OEM’s TSRST meets the requirements set forth in the original AASHTO Preliminary Specification TP10.