Giatec Perma2™ is a completely re-engineered laboratory test device for the measurement of the electrical resistance of concrete against the penetration of chloride (RCPT) according to the standard methods such as ASTM C1202, AASHTO T277 and ASTM C1760. The measurement data can be used to estimate the chloride diffusion coefficient of concrete for the service life prediction and design of concrete structures as well as the durability-based quality control of concrete. Perma2™ is electrically certified for rapid chloride penetrability test in concrete laboratories and its measuring cell sizes are according to the ASTM and AASHTO specifications. Equipped with a verification kit, Perma2™ is an accurate test device for concrete labs.


Perma2™ Test Setup Tutorial Video
Perma2™ test device
Verification kit for Rapid Chloride Penetrability Test
Perma2™ stand-alone device
Perma2™ Data Monitor PC software
Exploded view of the sample cell
Concrete sample cell for Perma2™
Vacuum pump and desiccator
Back panel of Perma2™

In concrete materials, the DC electrical resistance of concrete is correlated with important durability parameters of concrete such as chloride diffusion coefficient and the chloride migration coefficient that are used for the durability design or service life design of concrete structures.

Perma2™ is a laboratory device for testing the durability of concrete exposed chloride-contaminated environment including:

  • Concrete’s ability to resist chloride ion penetration (ASTM C1202, AASHTO T277)
  • Bulk electrical conductivity of concrete (ASTM C1760)
  • Performance-based quality control of concrete
  • Estimation of chloride diffusion coefficient of concrete
  • Estimation of chloride migration coefficient of concrete
  • Stand alone operation
  • Easy-to-assemble
  • Accurate (±0.1 mA)
  • Auto-seal cells with rubber gasket and spacer (i.e. does not require caulking)
  • Flexible logging interval time (1 to 10 min)
  • Automatic temperature control system
  • Four measurement channels
  • User-friendly PC software (optional)
  • Customizable setup
  • USB connection to computer (optional)
  • Verification kit accessory (optional)
Type Value
Applied Voltage 60 ± 0.1 V
Range of current measurement 0 ~ 500 mA ± 0.1 mA
Temperature measurement range 0 ~ 100°C
Measurement channels 4
Short circuit protection system Yes
Measurement display on LCD Yes
Remaining time display on LCD Yes
LCD display area 65x33 mm
Dimensions of Perma2™ Device 280x240x104 mm
Weight 2 Kg
Operating conditions
Type Value
Operating temperature 15 ~ 45 °C
Operating humidity 30 ~ 80%
Storage temperature 0 ~ 70°C
Operating voltage/current 100 ~ 240 V, 50-60Hz
Part No. Item Description
900036 Perma2™ Rapid Chloride Permeability Test - Full Package Perma2™ unit, Complete set of test cells , Temperature sensors, Test cables, Power cord, USB cable, User manual, Communication software, Gauged vacuum pump assembly, Desiccator assembly
900020 Perma2™ Test Package Perma2™ unit, Complete set of test cells , Temperature sensors, Test cables, Power cord, USB cable, User manual, Communication software
900042 Sample Preparation Package-115V Vaccum pump, Vaccum desiccator, Vaccum gauge, Vaccum and water hosing
900043 Sample Preparation Package-230V Vaccum pump, Vaccum desiccator, Vaccum gauge, Vaccum and water hosing
900044 Perma2™ Device Perma2™ unit, Temperature sensors, Test cables, Power cord, USB cable, User manual, Communication software
Verification Kit Verification kit is required to verify the test results

The following replacement parts are available upon request:

Part No. Item Description
900021 Test Cell Plexiglas holder, Rubber gasket cast (4" Dia), Stainless steel mesh, Plastic spacer,Bolts, Nuts
900027 Stainless Steel Mesh - Pair 130 mm diameter
900028 Rubber Gasket Cast - Pair 100 mm (4") diameter
900039 Rubber Gasket Core - Pair 95 mm (3.75") diameter
900022 Test Cable Set Test cable with banana male plug
900023 Temperature Sensor Digital temperature sensor
Q1: What vacuum pressure is the vacuum pump setup for conditioning the specimens?
A: According to the ASTM C1202, a vacuum pressure of 50 mm Hg should be applied. This is equivalent to a maximum of about -28 in Hg on the pressure gauge supplied with the Perma2™ vaccum pump. So, it is required to keep the pressure using the vacuum pump supplied, less than -28 in Hg during the conditioning of the RCPT specimens.

Q2: Is caulking required for the testing cell ?
A: No, caulking is not needed for Perma testing cell. The specimen should have epoxy coating, in order to keep the chloride penetration one-dimensional.

  1. Ahmed, M. S., Kayali, O., & Anderson, W. (2009). Evaluation of Binary and Ternary Blends of Pozzolanic Materials Using the Rapid Chloride Permeability Test. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 21(9), 446-453.
  2. Bassuoni, M. T., Nehdi M. L., & Greenough T. R. (2006). Enhancing the Reliability of Evaluating Chloride Ingress in Concrete Using the ASTM C1202 Rapid Chloride Penetrability Test. Journal of ASTM International, 3(3), 1-13.
  3. Shi, C. (2004). Effect of Mixing Proportions of Concrete on its Electrical Conductivity and the Rapid Chloride Permeability Test (ASTM C1202 or AASHTO T277) Results. Cement and Concrete Research, 34(3), 537-545.
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