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Shotcrete Penetrometer

BS EN 14488-2 (Method A)

Testing sprayed concrete – Part 2: Compressive strength of young sprayed concrete

Verification of consistency is vital in the initial stages of the concrete curing process in order to ensure maximum strength. During this phase, multiple needle penetration tests provide a reliable indication of texture, and can be considered in conjunction with other tests as the mixture hardens over time.
Mecmesin’s shotcrete penetrometer provides accurate readings of the forces required to penetrate sprayed or poured concrete during the first few hours of development, giving a reliable indication of compressive strength and curing progress. Its accuracy and portability make it ideal for on-site testing to BS EN 14488-2 (Method A).

Concrete penetration testing ensures:

  • Accuracy and repeatability
  • Optimum reliability
  • Optimum safety
  • Minimising of costly down time
  • Consistent quality in concrete layers
  • Compliance with recognised standards
  • Simple operation suitable for unskilled staff

Mecmesin Shotcrete Penetrometer

The Mecmesin Shotcrete Penetrometer is a complete portable system for testing the compressive strength of the initial stage of young sprayed concrete to BS EN 14488-2 (Method A). The kit includes:

  • 1 × Carry Case
  • 1 × Shotcrete Penetrometer with dual handle (fitted)
  • 1 × Penetrometer Adapter
  • 15 × Penetration Needles (15 mm needle, diameter 3 mm, top angle 60º)
  • 5 × Rechargeable NIMH Batteries
  • 1 × Mains Adaptor/Charger
  • 1 × Operating Manual
  • 1 × User Guide
  • 1 × Calibration Certificate

Key Features

  • Sturdy, cleanable, and portable design
  • Built-in 1000 N loadcell
  • Quick and easy penetration needle swapping
  • Live display for ease of reading
  • Measurement units in N, kN, mN, lbf, kgf or gf
  • At +/- 1 N accuracy far exceeds the minimum requirements
  • Penetrometer needle adapter and 15 needles
  • Store up to 500 readings in memory
  • RS232 data output to printer or SPC systems
  • Resolution 1:5000


A dedicated digital shotcrete penetrometer measures compression force to calculate material strength
BS EN ISO 14488 shotcrete penetrometer tester
Shotcrete penetrometer strength calibration curves

Related International Standards

Essais pour béton projeté – Partie 2 : Résistance à la compression au jeune âge du béton projeté

Prüfung von Spritzbeton – Teil 2: Druckfestigkeit von jungem Spritzbeton

EN 14488-2, DIN EN 14488-2, ISO 14488, BS ISO 14488