Product Description

The New Speedy 2000 series are used throughout the world by a diverse range of industries to measure the content of
materials including soils, aggregates, concrete, sand and powders.

Principal users include geotechnical engineers on civil
engineering projects, building surveyors and restorers. Other substantial user groups include mining, steel production, foundries and ceramics.

Features of the Speedy Ashworth Calcium Carbide Moisture Meter

When compared with other moisture measurement systems, the Speedy Tester is often the most practical solution, especially when working in the field

• Accurate and simple to use
• Robust and reliable
• Portable and requires no external power source
• Versatile – many materials can be measured over a wide moisture content range

Operating Principle

The Speedy tester is a portable system comprising a vessel with an integral pressure gauge, a weighing scale and a carry
case. A small sample of the material is prepared, weighed and placed into the vessel. A reagent is then added, and the
vessel is sealed and shaken to mix the reagent with the sample. Free moisture within the sample reacts with the reagent
to produce a gas and pressure rise within the vessel that is proportional to the amount of moisture. The moisture content
value is then read directly from the calibrated pressure gauge.

Speedy 2000 Moisture Meter Test Procedure

The Speedy 2000 series of moisture testers combines time proven dependability of the pressure test procedure with the convenience of an electronic balance.

Moisture measurements are obtained by following a simple test procedure:

• Prepare and weigh the material sample using the electronic balance
• Place the sample in the Speedy vessel
• Add the reagent to the recess in the Speedy cap and seal the vessel
• Shake the Speedy to mix the reagent with the sample
• Read the moisture content directly from the integral gauge

All the component parts of the Speedy 2000 series have been selected for their quality, functionality and durability for use in demanding field or site locations. A pressure gauge with a moisture measurement range of 0-20% is fitted as a standard to both the Large and Standard vessels, but gauges with both wider and narrower moisture ranges are available

Specifications

Speedy Ashworth Calcium Carbide Moisture Meter – Specifications

Standard Speedy
Nominal gross weight: 5.5Kg
Nominal gross dimensions: 510 x 380 x 200mm
For 0 – 10% range: 12g
For 0 – 20% range: 6g
Maximum sample size: 10mm
Moisture measurement range expressed as a percentage of the wet weight of the sample:
Model F-S2000C: 0 -10%
Model F-S2000D: 0 -20%
Large Speedy
Nominal gross weight: 6Kg
Nominal gross dimensions: 510 x 380 x 200mm
For 0 – 10% range: 40g
For 0 – 50% range: 8g
For 0 – 20% range: 20g
Maximum sample size: 20mm
Moisture measurement range expressed as a percentage of the wet weight of the sample:
Model F-L2000C: 0 – 10%
Model F-2000G: 0 – 50%
Model F-2000D: 0 – 20%

 

Part Number Model Moisture Range Gauge Divisions Sample Weight
S-2000-C Standard C 0 – 10 % 0.10% 12 grm
S-2000-D Standard D 0 – 20 % 0.20% 6 grm
L-2000-C Large C 0 – 10 % 0.10% 40 grm
L-2000-D Large D 0 – 20 % 0.20% 20 grm
L-2000-G Large G 0 – 50 % 0.50% 8 grm

 

Standard Speedy Moisture Meter Packing List

  • Standard Speedy vessel fitted with calibrated pressure gauge
  • electronic balance
  • heavy duty carry case with fitted foam inserts
  • cleaning brush and cloth
  • measuring scoop
  • instructions

Large Speedy Moisture Meter Packing List

  • Large Speedy vessel fitted with calibrated pressure gauge
  • electronic balance
  • heavy duty carry case with fitted foam inserts
  • cleaning brush and cloth
  • measuring scoop
  • instructions

Data Sheet

Applications

Roads and Highways

Knowledge of the moisture content of soil is crucial throughout
geotechnical engineering practice. Engineers use the Speedy for field
control of compacted earth embankments and other structures and to
measure the water content of soil to ensure it is within specified ranges

Confidence in the test results is crucial, but the test equipment also has
to be robust and simple to use. The Speedy tester meets both
requirements. It is recommended by the American Highway Authority and
is approved by the American Society of State Highway Transportation
Officials (ASSHTO) and by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)

Aggregates, Sand and Concrete

The moisture content of freshly mixed concrete affects the workability,
blending, segregation, strength and drying rate of the finished product.
The Speedy Tester is an ideal on-site quality control tool that enables the
site manager to ensure best practice is being followed.

Moisture levels of aggregates and sand can be checked prior to use
ensure that the correct amount of water is added when mixing with
cement. The moisture content of ready-mix concrete can be checked on
site arrival to ensure it is within specification.

Building Restoration and Refurbishment

Building surveyors involved with diagnosing the cause of dampness in
buildings use the Speedy tester to determine the moisture level in walls
and floors. The Speedy complements moisture meters and hygrometers
that are also used for diagnosis.

If the structure under investigation is contaminated with the conductive
hygroscopic salts, moisture meter readings may not truly reflect the
moisture condition. Ambiguity that may be associated with interpreting
moisture meter readings in contaminated material are reduced by also
measuring the actual moisture content of wall or floor samples with the
Speedy Tester and by using a hygrometer to measure the materials
equilibrium relative humidity (ERH)

The Building Research Establishment Digest 245 details how a Speedy
tester is used in the context of rising dampness diagnosis and treatment

Solid Floors

If moisture related floor failures are to be avoided, concrete floor slabs,
cementitious screeds and anhydrite screeds have to be in a dry condition
before decorative floor finished, including wood, vinyl and carpets are laid.
Many countries have adopted floor testing standards that use ERH
measurement techniques whilst others use the DIN18365 standard which
specifies moisture content measurement techniques. The Speedy tester
is used to measure the moisture content of a sample of material removed
from the floor before the decorative finish is laid.

 

 

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