Customer Story: An Australian University Invests in PROOVE IT Rapid Chloride Permeability Test System

An esteemed Australian university has recently enhanced its research capabilities by purchasing the PROOVE´it Rapid Chloride Permeability Test system from Hylec Controls. This acquisition is a significant milestone in the university's ongoing efforts to advance concrete durability research and ensure the longevity of infrastructure in chloride-contaminated environments.

Why the PROOVE´it System?

The PROOVE´it system stands out for its versatility and precision. Equipped with 8 channels, it allows simultaneous testing, providing comprehensive insights into concrete properties. The system's ability to perform the Rapid Chloride Permeability Test (RCPT), Chloride Migration Test, and Bulk Conductivity or Resistivity assessments makes it an invaluable tool for the university's research team.

Key Features and Capabilities

  • Rapid Chloride Permeability Test (RCPT): The system conducts the RCPT, or Coulomb test, in accordance with ASTM C1202 and AASHTO T 277 standards. This test determines the total electrical charge passed through a saturated concrete specimen, giving crucial data on the concrete’s permeability.

  • Chloride Migration Coefficient: By measuring the penetration depth of chloride ions under an electric potential, this test adheres to Nordtest Build 492 or EN 12390-18 standards. It helps evaluate the migration coefficient of concrete, essential for assessing long-term durability.

  • Bulk Conductivity or Resistivity: Following ASTM C1760 standards, this test measures the current passing through a saturated concrete specimen over one minute, offering insights into the material's conductivity.

Innovative Features

The PROOVE´it system is designed for ease of use and reliability:

  • Auto-seal Measuring Cells: Simplifying the assembly process, these cells ensure accurate and efficient test setups.
  • Customisable Voltage Settings: With adjustable voltage from 5 to 60 volts in 5-volt steps, the system caters to various testing standards.
  • User-Friendly Interface: The system's display is intuitive, and it includes auto-correction features for precise measurements.
  • Safety and Compatibility: Equipped with short circuit protection, channel locking options, and compatibility with Windows operating systems, the system ensures both safety and ease of integration.

Impact on University Research

The acquisition of the PROOVE´it system has significantly bolstered the university's research infrastructure. The advanced testing capabilities allow for in-depth performance-based evaluations, quality control, and assurance of concrete. Researchers can now accurately correlate the electrical resistance of concrete with durability parameters, contributing to better service life design and characterisation of concrete exposed to chloride environments.

The university’s engineering department has already begun integrating the PROOVE´it system into their curriculum and research projects. This investment not only enhances the learning experience for students but also positions the university as a leader in concrete durability research.


The purchase of the PROOVE´it Rapid Chloride Permeability Test system by an Australian university exemplifies the institution's commitment to advancing research and ensuring the resilience of infrastructure. Hylec Controls is proud to support the university's endeavors with state-of-the-art testing equipment that drives innovation and excellence in concrete durability studies.

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