Vicat Dry – no more irritating oil fumes

Vicat Dry instruments feature easy, convenient operation and are used primarily in research and development, goods inwards checks and production monitoring. The oil-free measuring principle ensures clean, odor-free working conditions. The test sequence is completely automatic. Different versions of the instrument are available, with two or six testing stations according to requirements.
Vicat Dry

Key Advantages and Features

  • no fiddling with weights - loading is performed automatically
  • convenient PC control
  • instrument cools down quickly, assisted by a cryostat with closed coolant circuit
  • easy displacement calibration using gage-blocks
  • space-saving
  • small specimens are easy to handle
  • rapid re-cooling enables significant increase in throughput compared with oil Vicat tests

Applications

  • Determination of Vicat softening temperature (VST)
  • of thermoplastics as per ISO 306

Functions, elements and interfaces

  • built-in microprocessor-controlled electronics for temperature control and measured-value acquisition
  • fully automatic test-sequence
  • automatically controlled compressed-air re-cooling
  • connection for fluid cooling
  • safety thermostat
  • low heating of housing
  • safety switch prevents crush risk
  • serial interface for connecting a PC for test-control and data acquisition via ZwickRoell Roell testing software
  • integrated compensation for heat expansion
  • integrated weight sets, 10N and 50N

Automatic test sequence

Once the heating block has reached the starting temperature, the specimens are positioned in the measuring stations, the instrument is closed pneumatically and the test weight specified in the standards is automatically applied.

On completion of preheating under the influence of force, the displacement signals are zeroed (program-controlled) and warming of the heating block at the preset rate is started. As soon as the required penetration is attained at all stations, the heating is switched off and the test is ended.

Re-cooling is started automatically; the specimens can afterwards be removed.

Recooling the heat-transfer liquid

The instruments are equipped with compressed-air cooling as standard. If sufficiently cool compressed air is not available, the instruments can be cooled with water.

Vicat Dry
Vicat Dry

Technical Overview

Temperature range up to 300°C

Type

Vicat 2-300 Dry

Vicat 6-300 Dry

Item No.

326068

325987

Measuring stations, equipped

2

6

Temperature range

+20 ... +300

+20 ... +300

°C

Temperature measurement

Display accuracy at 250°C

± 0.5

± 0.5

°C

Spatial temperature gradient

± 0.2

± 0.2

°C

Temperature measurement resolution

0.1

0.1

°C

Heating rate

50, 120 or freely adjustable

50, 120 or freely adjustable

K/h

Cooling time with air from 200°C to 35°C, approx.

25 (+ 25 °C compressed air temperature)

25 (+ 25 °C compressed air temperature)

min

Cooling time with water from 200°C to 25°C (at water temperature of 12°C), approx.

15 (+ 25 °C compressed air temperature)

15 (+ 25 °C compressed air temperature)

min

Displacement measurement

Measurement range

0 ... 2.5

0 ... 2.5

mm

Display accuracy

± 0.01

± 0.01

mm

Dimensions

Height

610

750

mm

Width

400

400

mm

Depth

750

680

mm

Weight without accessories, approx.

62

90

kg

Required PC interface

RS232

RS232

Compressed air connection

6 ... 10[1]

6 ... 10[1]

bar

Water supply, max.

10[2]

10[2]

bar

Power input specifications

Power supply

230/240

230/240

V

Power frequency

50/60

50/60

Hz

Power

550

550

VA

  1. Compressed air connection required for compressed air cooling.
  1. Water supply required for water cooling

General technical data

Description

Value

General technical data for Vicat Dry

Display accuracy at 250 °C

±0.5

°C

Spatial temperature gradient

±0.2

°C

Temperature measurement resolution

0.1

°C

Temperature sensor

2x measurement of heating-block temperature, 1 additional specimen-adjacent sensor per measuring station

Heating rate

50, 120 or freely adjustable

K/h

Displacement measurement with inductive LVDT measuring transducers

Displacement measurement range, approx.

2.5

mm

Display accuracy

±0.01

mm

Re-cooling times (dependent on temperature-conditioning medium):

with water, from 200°C to 25°C at water temperature of 12°C, approx.

15

min.

with air, from 200°C to approx. 35°C, approx.

25

min.

Connection:

mains voltage

230/240

P

mains supply frequency

50/60

Hz

power rating

550

W

compressed-air supply[1]

6 to 10

bar

water supply, max.[2]

10

bar

PC interfaces required

RS232 interface

Scope of delivery

weights and needles included in delivery

Specimen data

VST specimen dimensions, max.

10 x 6.5 x 10

mm

  1. Compressed-air supply required for compressed-air cooling
  1. Water supply required for water-cooling

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