About the uniaxial powder tester
Assess and Rank Powder Flowability
The Uniaxial Powder Tester (UPT) is a stand-alone uniaxial shear tester for simple, sensitive and cost effective powder characterisation. This powder flow tester delivers repeatable and reliable measurements, providing a robust alternative to traditional powder testing techniques.
Uniaxial testing first involves the construction of a consolidated powder column. This is then removed from its confining sleeve before being fractured through the application of a vertical stress, directly measuring the uniaxial Unconfined Yield Strength (uUYS). This technique can therefore be used to assess and rank powder flowability.
Cohesive powders have relatively strong inter-particular forces, which encourage the particles to bond together rather than moving easily relative to one another. By contrast, in non-cohesive powders, the tensile forces between particles tend to be much weaker.
Uniaxial powder testing is a direct and reliable method for measuring the uUYS and Flow Function of powders.