Moisture content can be a tricky substance to measure accurately, especially when it is mingled with other particles such as sand, asphalt or soil. Unfortunately, though, for a number of reasons it is often quite necessary to know exactly what that value is. To satisfy this need and to make it an easier accomplishment, technology has responded. As there are many different aggregates out there, many different scale lines have been produced.
Each line corresponds to a different need. For example, one accurately measures the moisture content of a solid material. Others measure the moisture in sand, soil and even concrete. Using the correct technology, almost any moisture content can be measured in any aggregate.
In the course of construction, moisture must be measured in order to determine the final product’s quality. Using the correct aggregate moisture scale, any contractor can establish with ease if the construction materials have the correct moisture content. It is best to use a scale in the line designed for measuring moisture in solid materials.
Moisture content is also very important when concrete is being utilized in a building process. The concrete must be set before any further building can take place. If the mix is not dry enough, the project’s integrity is in real jeopardy. Massive concrete failures can happen if they are treated or coated before they are sufficiently dried, so moisture measurement is crucial.
When it is necessary to measure the moisture content in wet cement, mortar, or concrete, there is also an appropriate aggregate moisture scale. Prongs placed in the mixture provide the user with accurate measurements.
Microwave technology has made it possible for moisture content to be measured in different aggregates. Once again, prongs are needed. They are placed in the material. The microwave technology works with microprocessor technology in order to provide the user with an accurate measurement. This instrument works on both coarse and fine aggregates, as well as sand. It is normal to have to take repeated measurements to verify the accuracy of the moisture measurement.
There is also a scale made to measure moisture in different types of soil, including clay, sand and even silt materials. A multi-pronged system is used for this measurement. The prongs go into the material to determine the dielectric constant of the material being tested. With this scale, it is normal to have to take repeated measurements to verify the measurement.
These aggregate moisture scales are very accurate and often come equipped with easy to read digital screens. With some units, internal memory is standard. This allows many different measurements to be recorded and then retrieved when it is more convenient for the user. The interface is very user friendly and easy to operate. It does not take any particular training to become adept at using this technology. Having a pick up and use scale makes any job easier. When it comes to its ruggedness, these scales are up to par. Durable manufacturing makes them capable of withstanding harsh conditions and to be abuse resistant.