Consolidation Load Frame (Dead-Weight)

Model: HM-353
Price: $1,070.00
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Dead-Weight Consolidation Load Frame has a 48tsf (4,597kPa) capacity for test application of loads in stress-controlled soil consolidation testing of soil specimens. The advanced load frame design allows instantaneous loading with minimal impact for determining expected soil settlement. This tabletop testing machine is designed by Karol-Warner and is simple and efficient.

The Dead-Weight load frame features a counterbalanced beam assembly for 9:1, 10:1, or 11:1 beam ratios for a wider selection of loads with weight sets. Locating pins on the top platform precisely center fixed or floating ring consolidometers for loading.

The loading platform has a vertical and horizontal clearance of 5.25x6.38in (133x161mm). The consolidation apparatus or oedometer test apparatus is designed for use with consolidometers in testing specimens up to 3in (76.2mm).

The load frame is powder-coated aluminum and the loading table is made from the rugged anodized aluminum plate for corrosion resistance in harsh laboratory environments. Includes stainless steel vertical rods and a beam support rod.

The unit requires and can be purchased separately a Weight Set (available in lb or kg), Analog or Digital Dial Indicator, and Fixed or Floating Ring Consolidometer.

Note: The Pound Weight Set is configured in tons/ft² (tsf) for a 2.5in (63.5mm) soil specimen when a 10:1 beam ratio is being used.


  • Economical solution for consolidation testing of soil specimens
  • Advanced design allows instant loading with minimal impact
  • 48tsf (4,597kPa) load capacity
  • Corrosion-resistant anodized aluminum plate
  • Powder-coated aluminum frame
  • Stainless steel rods
  • Rear-weight counterbalance beam assembly allows various beam ratios

Included Items:

  • Dead-Weight Consolidation Load Frame


  • Weight Sets are available in a series of sequential weights in lb or kg for loading test specimens. A weight set is required for operation
  • Calibration Discs are used to verify the accuracy of consolidometer
  • Porous Stones provide support to the top and bottom of the soil sample
  • Cutting Sample Rings are used in preparing and securing the soil sample for soil consolidation testing
  • Fixed or Floating Consolidometers are used with a range of consolidation testing equipment. They are available in sizes from 1.97 to 4.0in
  • MA-363 Digital Dial Indicator - 0.6 x 0.0001in used for measuring digital displacement. A digital or mechanical dial indicator is required
  • MA-333 Mechanical Dial Indicator - 0.5 x 0.0001in provides analog measurements and is required for oedometer test apparatus
  • HMA-608 Consolidation Data Acquisition Software can be used when the Consolidation Load Frame is equipped with either a Displacement Transducer Digital Dial Indicator. This unique software records specimen and real-time test data will calculate results and prepares reports following ASTM and AASHTO requirements
  • HMA-89 Dead Weight Consolidation Frame Stand converts the load frame to a free-standing floor model

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Load Capacity 48tsf (4,596.5kPa)
Product Dimensions 8 x 32 x 20in (203 x 812 x 508mm) WxDxH
Estimated Shipping Weight 50.0lb (22.68kg)

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Load Capacity 48tsf (4,596.5kPa)
Product Dimensions 8 x 32 x 20in (203 x 812 x 508mm) WxDxH
Estimated Shipping Weight 50.0lb (22.68kg)
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