Giatec Surf™ is a laboratory test device for rapid, easy and accurate measurement of the surface electrical resistivity of concrete based on the four-probe (Wenner-Array) technique. The Surf™ patented technology automatically measures resistivity around the concrete specimen using four channels of 4-probe array (located at 90° from each other). The PC software generates the required reports according to the standard specifications.
Surf™ can be used to determine the chloride permeability of concrete in accordance with AASHTO TP95 and the upcoming ASTM standard. The measurement data can be used for durability-based quality control of concrete as well as the service life design of concrete structures
The electrical resistivity of concrete is correlated well with important durability parameters such as permeability, diffusivity and in general the micro-structure characteristics of concrete. It is a fast and easy method of quality control during new construction.
Surf™ is a unique concrete testing device for automatic 4-channel resistivity measurement suitable for investigating the micro-structural properties of concrete including:
|Reading Range||Frequency range||Accuracy|
|0.1 – 100 KΩ.cm||13 – 100 Hz||± (0.1+1%)|
|100 – 1000 KΩ.cm||13 – 100 Hz||± (1+1%)|
|Frequency||Single measurement time||Testing time (8 measurements)|
|13 – 100 Hz||1.5 seconds||<15 seconds|
|Operating temperature||15 ~ 45 °C|
|Operating humidity||30 ~ 80%|
|Storage temperature||0 ~ 60°C|
|Operating voltage/current||100-250 V ± 10%, 60Hz|
|Dimensions of Surf™||200 x 160 x 70 mm|
|900107||Surf™ - Comprehensive Package||Surf™ unit, 100x200 mm (4"x8") Sample holder, Power adaptor, USB cable, PC Communication software, User manual, Conductive gel, Verification kit, Additional Set of conductive pads, Hand-held probe|
|900037||Surf™ - D100 Full Package||Surf™ unit, 100x200 mm (4"x8") Sample holder, Power adaptor, USB cable, Communication software, User manual, Conductive gel, Verification kit, Additional Set of conductive pads|
|900030||Surf™ Device||Surf™ unit, Power adaptor, USB cable, Communication software, User manual, Verification kit|
The following replacement parts and accessories are available upon request:
|900100||Hand-held Probe||For measurement of surface electrical resistivity on flat surfaces of large concrete samples/elements|
|900031||Surface Sample holder-D100||100x200 mm (4"x8") sample size, Conductive gel, Additional Set of conductive pads|
|900032||Verification Kit||High and low range dongles to verify the performance of the device|
|900038||Conductive Gel - High Viscosity||250 ml bottle|
|900033||Test Cable||Four-point connection cable with alligator clip|
|900034||Contact Sponge Set||16 pcs|
Q2: How does Surf™ take measurements faster?
A: Giatec Surf™ utilizes a patented technology to automatically measure the surface resistivity 8 times around the cylindrical concrete specimen using its four channels of 4-probe arrays. The PC software then generates the required reports according to the standard specifications.
Q3: Can Surf™ be used for field tests on hardened concrete, or is it just for laboratory use?
A: The current version of Surf™ has been designed for laboratory applications in the durability-based quality control of concrete. An accessory is under development for Surf™ that enables this device for field applications as well.
Q4: How can I use Surf™ for other applications?
A: The four input channels of Surf™ device can be connected to accessory cables for customization of test-setup for surface resistivity measurement from the surface of concrete elements (e.g. crack detection under load) or be embedded in fresh and hardened concrete for the monitoring of setting and moisture transport, respectively. Giatec's scientific team will be happy to assist you with your particular research project application.