SmartBox | Wireless Concrete Resistivity
Wireless Concrete Resistivity
Giatec SmartBox™ is a compact wireless device for the measurement and monitoring of electrical resistance and temperature in fresh concrete. The continuous measurements are recorded on SmartBox™ and can be downloaded using the mobile application on Android smartphone/tablet.
The electrical resistivity of fresh concrete has been shown to provide a good indication on the water content as well as setting and hardening of concrete. SmartBox™ provides an efficient tool for various research studies in these areas.
SmartBox™ can be used to monitor the electrical resistivity and temperature of fresh concrete. This can provide information on:
- Water content in fresh concrete
- Prediction of setting
- Setting time measurement
- Crack detection in concrete
- Wireless technology
- Compact design
- Simultaneous measurement of electrical resistance and temperature
- Optimized frequency for fresh concrete
- Long battery life on a single charge(about 3 months*)
- Mobile application for Android smartphone and tablet
- Easy data sharing
- Patent pending
This method of resistivity measurement is not standardized and is suitable for various research applications. However, AASHTO TP 95-11 provides the test standard for surface electrical resistivity measurement. An ASTM standard is also under development for this test. A copy of the AASHTO test specification entitled "Standard Method of Test for Surface Resistivity Indication of Concrete's Ability to Resist Chloride Ion Penetration" can be obtained from here.
remove_circle_outlineadd_circle Technical Specifications
|1 – 3000 Ω
||-20 ~ 45 °C
||10 ~ 90%
|Battery Charger Specification
|Dimensions of SmartBox™ unit
||85 x 55 x 22 mm
remove_circle_outlineadd_circle Purchase Items
||SmartBox™ Full Package
||SmartBox™ unit, Plastic spacer for rods, 10 pairs of customized rods, 10 temperature sensors, USB charger and cable, Ruggedized tablet, Android application for Tablet, user manual (Tablet is included)
||SmartBox™ Essential Package
||SmartBox™ unit, One pair of customized rods, Temperature sensor, USB charger and cable, Android application for Smartphone, user manual (Smartphone is not included)
The following replacement parts are available upon request:
||Measurement unit - should be purchased with one of the packages
||10 pairs of customized rods
||SmartBox™ temperature sensors
||pack of 10 temperature sensors
Q1: How long is the battery life?
A: The battery life on a single charge is about 3 months for basic data log under room temperature.
Q2: What is the log interval for resistance and temperature?
A: The standard log follows this schedule:
a. First 24 hours: every 5 minutes
b. Next 72 hours: every 1 hour
c. After that: every 6 hours
We also have custom log which provides a fix log interval in minutes (1 min to a couple of days). This can be changed by the user in the app menu.
Q3: What is the maximum number of data that can be recorded on the SmartBox?
A: The device can store 1024 data points in the following format:
Time | Date | Temp (C) | Resistance (ohm)
10:20 | 10/02/2015 | 23 | 789
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