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AASHTO methods TP5, PP6, MP1 and ASTM. It also meets or exceeds SHRP requirement B-003.


Fully automated, robust, and easy to use. Developed in close cooperation with SHRP researchers, the DSR set new standards in asphalt testing technology offering precise and accurate unattended operation. Indeed, the SuperPave test protocols for binders were developed using this instrumentation and the DSR has become the most commonly used rheometer at both State and Federal DOTs. Building on the technology and success of the original DSR, the DSR// offers testing labs even greater ease of use as well as constituting a flexible and fully upgradable work-station. Of course, the DSR// can be used for all asphalt testing requirements including the AASHTO methods TP5, PP6, MP1 and ASTM. It also meets or exceeds SHRP requirement B-003.


  • Maximized Sample Throughput
  • For QC testing, sample throughput is of paramount importance. Therefore, every feature of the DSR// design has been implemented with the goal of minimizing the time required to make each measurement. This includes loading the sample through to reaching thermal equilibrium, collecting the data and finally cleaning the unit. For example, the DSR// has been designed with measuring systems and gap setting to eliminate much of the operator time required when using conventional or modified general purpose rheometer units. Additionally, temperature control system offers rapid thermal equilibrium as well as extremely stable control.

  • Temperature Control
  • Bituminous materials are extremely temperature sensitive with large variations in their material properties over a fraction of a degree centigrade. Even small temperature gradients in the sample and errors between the sensor temperature and the mean sample temperature can render rheological data unreliable. To overcome this problem, the DSR// incorporates a clean, easy to use system which completely immerses the sample in a temperature controlled fluid (patent pending). For testing bituminous materials, the design out-performs all other types of temperature control including gas ovens and heated lower plates. This is because the relatively high thermal conductivity of the fluid, which is in direct contact with the sample, allows for a much better heat transfer into the test specimen (up to 25 times faster). Temperature gradients within the sample are completely eliminated and the temperature of the sample is maintained to within 0. 1 �C of set point.

    Thermal equilibrium is near instantaneous due to the intimate contact of the sample and the circulating fluid.

  • Gap Setting
  • Simple and thermally stable The DSR// gap can easily be changed to any desired value. For simplicity, both of the specification testing positions are clearly marked and can be easily selected. With most rheometer systems, the gap must be constantly reset during a day's testing and must be readjusted every time the temperature or the measuring systems are changed. The DSR// addresses both of these issues eliminating continual resetting of the gap to help optimise sample throughput and eliminate operator error. The DSR// measuring systems are designed to be easily interchangeable. The unique coupling arrangement of the lower system together with quick fit upper systems ensure that the gap need not be reset whenever the upper or lower plates are removed or replaced. If necessary, samples can be loaded remotely onto the lower plate for convenience. Changes in temperature may affect the gap zero point due to thermal expansion of the measuring systems. To remove the need for gap adjustment, the DSR// features automatic expansion compensation (AEC) to keep the gap constant as the temperature changes. A complete range of precision measuring systems is available to suit varying test requirements.

  • A Choice of Mechanical or Air Bearing
  • The DSR// is offered in two forms having either a Mechanical or an Air Bearing. Mechanical Bearing units can also be upgraded to Air Bearing units if testing requirements change. The Mechanical Bearing system offers a cost effective solution for SuperPave testing and is especially suitable for applications where compressed air is not available. It exceeds all current SuperPave testing protocols. The Air Bearing version requires a supply of compressed air and is warranted to withstand even the most adverse For simplicity, both specification testing positions are clearly marked on the infinitely variable spring loaded vernier adjustment. industrial laboratory environments. It is ideally suited to specification testing as well as having excellent research capabilities and longevity. The Air Bearing system used by is impervious to dirt and other contaminants as well as being extremely strong and robust.

    Software - SuperPave or Research

    Easy to use, Windows driven software is standard for SuperPave specification and grade determination testing. To complement the SuperPave software, a range of research grade software is available for use with the DSR// enabling the units' capabilities to be expanded into a full research grade unit. The following tests are available:

  • Oscillation as a function of time, temperature, frequency and shear stress.
  • Viscosity as a function of shear rate, shear stress, temperature and time
  • Creep and Creep Recovery (for compliance measurement and analysis).
  • Time Temperature Superposition and Viscoelastic Analysis.