For dimension stone in the constructive energy, use the Industrial Series 600DX Hydraulic Testing Machine to determine the compressive strength and follow ASTM C170.
Use an Industrial Series 150LX Model and a spherically seated compression platen to test cubes of hydraulic cement mortars and comply with ASTM C109.
A Hveem Stabilometer measures the pressure and R-value of compacted soil under compression before it is used under surfaces like paved roads.
For moisture exudation testing of compacted soil, Instron adds simplicity with Partner Testing Software that allows users to leave during the test.
ASTM C39 gives standards to protect operator safety for compression testing freshly cured and drilled core samples of cylindrical concrete.
The California Test Method 366 requires a stabilometer to measure the horizontal pressure to asphalt concrete under compression, and the 300DX Model can be used.
When compression testing brittle materials, use platens with spherical seating for even contact instead of a stress concentration that can create failures.