Consolidation Stage Setup
Input the Vertical Stress to be applied (in kPa) during the Consolidation Stage (this needs to be calculated from the weight to be applied). You can add (or delete) additional Vertical stresses if required using the ‘+’ and ‘x’ icons.
Data logging during the Consolidation phase can be done by selecting an existing Time Table from the pull down menu, or if required, a new Time Table can be set up.
You can specify that the Consolidation phase will be terminated when either the Specimen settlement does not change by more than a specified value within a specified time period and/or when a specified time period has elapsed. You can also request an e-mail alert and/or an audible warning when Consolidation has finished (if required).
Shear Stage Setup
The Shear Stage setup must be done for each schedule that has been set up. You specify the number of revolutions to form the Shear plane and then input the rate at which to return to the Initial Load.