Rowe Consolidation Permeability System

The Rowe Consolidation Permeability System is used to test the permeability of soil (hydraulic conductivity) which is vital in construction projects, especially for efficient drainage. It plays a crucial role in designing structures such as landfills, earth dams, and sheet-pile walls, and conducting feasibility studies for groundwater lowering.

VJ Tech manufactures Rowe cells for non-contaminated samples up to 252 mm in diameter. The Rowe cell, employed with 3 Automatic Pressure Controllers (APCs) for Cell, Back, and Drain Pressure, enables permeability testing. The Clisp Studio csPERM software makes test setup and control easy, displaying real-time tabular and graphical displays of measured and calculated parameters for subsequent analysis.

  • Sturdy, metal construction for elimination of distortion under pressure
  • 3 independent Hydraulic Automatic Pressure Controllers (APC) for Back, Cell and Drain Pressure and volume control and measurement
  • External datalogger not required; sensors to be logged via APC’s
  • Ethernet or USB Interface for computer control
  • Automatic Solenoid Valves (for automation of Back and Drain Valves – optional)
  • Pore Water Pressure transducer for Drain Pressure measurement
  • Fully automated consolidation test for the determination of the rate and magnitude of consolidation (software module is required)
  • Fully automated permeability test for the determination of the coefficient of permeability (software module and additional APC is required)
Sample Diameter
50 mm, 63.5 mm, 70 mm, 75.7 mm, 100 mm, 151 mm, 252 mm
Pressure Rating (Maximum)
1750 kPa, 1750 kPa, 1750 kPa, 1750 kPa, 1750 kPa, 1000 kPa, 1000 kPa
Diameter and Height (inclusive of valves)
160 x 206 mm, 183 x 213 mm, 200 x 230 mm, 210 x 213 mm, 235 x 233 mm, 290 x 270 mm, 550 x 580 mm
12.90 kg, 13.75 kg, 14.25 kg, 14.75 kg, 16.2 kg, 18.3 kg, 35.3 kg
Test Performed

Permeability testing

BS1377-6: 1990 BS1377-2 (Clause 20 & 21)
Porous Stones

Variety of sizes available in Bauxite stone or Sintered Metal for improved durability during high loads

Side Drains (Vyon)

For side drainage of sample in Rowe Cell

Flexible discs (Vyon)

For flexible vertical loading on sample in Rowe Cell

De-aired water system

De-aired water tank (19 litre capacity) availability in hard anodised finish, or stainless steel for better durability. Vacuum pump is required; sold separately.

APC Water & Air Distribution Panel

Assists users fill/empty their Pressure Controllers, Triaxial Cells and other pressure chambers. A variety of sizes panels are available to connect multiple devices. Can be supplied with or without a mechanical pressure gauge; which can act as an independent reference point.

Upgrade Options *
Rowe Consolidation Test (with PwP)
*Upgrade options will require additional hardware. Contact us for more information.

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