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Dynamic Shear Rheometer – DSR-II

Today, over 60% of asphalt rheometers in use throughout the world are these rheometers, making it not only the preferred choice, but also the industry standard when it comes to measuring the rheology of asphalt binders

Dynamic Shear Rheometer is a robust, easy to use and developed in close cooperation with SHRP researchers, the original DSR set new standards in asphalt testing technology offering precise and accurate unattended operation. In fact, the Superpave test protocols for binders were developed using this instrumentation and the Dynamic Shear Rheometer has remained the most commonly used rheometer at State & Federal DOTs, as well as industrial asphalt laboratories around the world.

Building on the technology and success of the original Dynamic Shear Rheometer, the CRT-DSRII offers even greater ease of use and better performance within a compact integrated unit. Because it is designed for asphalt and is only sold into the asphalt industry, the Dynamic Shear Rheometer CRT-DSRII is optimized specifically for asphalt. This means that it out- performs general purpose or adapted rheometers in terms of accuracy, throughput and ease of use.


  • AASHTO TP 70-09
  • AASHTO T315
  • ASTM

Key Features

  • Designed specifically for Asphalt Testing
  • Can perform Multi-Stress Creep and Recovery Test (MSCR)
  • Optimized for high throughput
  • Meets & exceeds AASHTO designation T315 and meets all ASTM requirements
  • Simple to use, proven design
  • Precise and stable temperature control (patented)
  • Rapid sample equilibrium to set temperature
  • Significant reduction in need for regular re-calibration of temperature
  • Pre-set gaps for AASHTO tests – no zeroing necessary
  • Automatic Expansion Compensation keeps gap constant with temperature
  • Compact, integrated unit with small footprint
  • Dedicated AASHTO specification software package including:
    • ✓ Pass/Fail medium temperature original binder test (T315-11)
      ✓ Pass/Fail high temperature RTFO binder (T315-11)
      ✓ Pass/Fail high temperature PAV binder (T315-11)
      ✓ Linearity test (T315-12)
      ✓ Grade determination test (R29-02)
      ✓ Optional research grade software

      Multi-Stress Creep and Recovery Test (MSCR)

      Is a relatively new method for testing asphalt binders which is performed on the Dynamic Shear Rheometer CRT-DSRII. The test applies to both modified & neat (unmodified) asphalt binders, with results relating to both rutting characteristics and the effectiveness of elastomeric modification. This method is detailed in AASHTO TP 70-09

      Maximized Sample Throughput

      For QC testing, sample throughput is of paramount importance. Therefore, every feature of the Dynamic Shear Rheometer CRT-DSRII design has been implemented with the goal of minimizing the time required to make each measurement. This includes loading the sample through to reaching thermal equilibrium, collecting the data and finally cleaning the unit. For example, the CRT-DSRII has been designed with measuring systems and gap setting which eliminates much of the operator time required when using conventional or modified general purpose rheometer units. Additionally, CRT-DSRII’s temperature control system offers rapid thermal equilibrium as well as extremely stable control. In practice, for the overall test sequence, the CRT-DSRII achieves up to three times the throughput of a conventional rheometer.

      Temperature Control – patented design

      Bituminous materials are extremely temperature sensitive with large variations in their material properties over just a fraction of a degree centigrade. It is typical to see a 20% change in modulus for only a 1ºC change in temperature. Without accurate temperature control in a rheometer’s design, this can lead to erroneous passing or failing of AASHTO PG graded materials with potentially disastrous commercial consequences. For this reason, AASHTO specification T315-02 (6.1.2) states that temperature control may be by means of a liquid or a gas (as the heat transfer medium). By implication, this simply excludes systems which use heated enclosures to radiate heat onto the sample, where it is almost impossible to ensure the absence of temperature gradients. To fully optimize temperature control, the Dynamic Shear Rheometer CRT-DSRlI incorporates a clean and easy to use system which completely immerses the sample in a temperature controlled liquid (patented). For testing bituminous materials, the design out-performs all other types of temperature control including forced gas convection ovens and radiatively heated plates. This is because the relatively high thermal conductivity of the liquid, which is in direct contact with the sample, allows for a much better heat transfer into the test specimen – up to 25 times faster than other systems. Temperature gradients within the sample are completely eliminated and in order to achieve the required 0.1ºC specified by AASHTO, the Dynamic Shear Rheometer CRT-DSR controls the sample temperature to 0.03ºC or better. Because of the rapid heat transfer into the sample, thermal equilibrium (the time that the sample takes to react to the liquid temperature) is near instantaneous due to the intimate contact of the sample and the circulating liquid. This is important in optimizing throughput, as the long thermal equilibrium times of non-liquid based systems can mean that they take up to half an hour to properly equilibrate. This problem more than outweighs the often – and falsely – perceived benefit of the rapid set-point changes achievable with other types of control.

      Gap Setting – Simple and thermally stable

      The Dynamic Shear Rheometer CRT-DSRII gap can easily be changed to any desired value. For simplicity, both of the specification testing positions are clearly marked and can be easily selected. With most rheometer systems, the gap must be constantly reset during a day’s testing and must be readjusted every time the temperature or the measuring systems are changed. The DSRII addresses both of these issues, eliminating continual resetting of the gap to help optimize sample throughput and operator error. The Dynamic Shear Rheometer CRT-DSRII measuring systems are designed to be easily interchangeable. The unique coupling arrangement of the lower system together with quick fit upper systems ensure that the gap need not be reset whenever the upper or lower plates are removed or replaced. If necessary, samples can be loaded remotely onto the lower plate for convenience. On a general purpose rheometer, changes in temperature may affect the gap zero point due to thermal expansion of the measuring systems, which requires either rezeroing or the pre-programming of a motorised mechanical adjustment. To remove the need for any gap adjustments, the CRT-DSRII features automatic expansion compensation (AEC) to keep the gap constant as the temperature changes.

      Mechanical Bearing

      The Mechanical Bearing system offers a cost effective solution for Superpave testing and is especially suitable for applications where compressed air is not available. It exceeds all current AASHTO testing protocols.


Technical specifications are subject to change without notice.

Torque range Mechanical bearing: 50μNm to 10mNm
Torque resolution 1μNm
Position resolution 1μrad
Frequency range 10μHz to 100Hz
Temperature control range 5°C to 95°C (Total immersion cell) (range can be extended depending on circulator fluid)
Temperature accuracy Better than ±0.1°C. (Total immersion cell)
Dimensions mm (W x D x H) 230 x 350 x 600
Weight (approx.) Kg 18
Power 110V or 220V
Temperature (operating) 15°C – 40°C
Humidity 35% – 80% non-condensing

Software – AASHTO or Research

Easy to use, Windows driven software is standard for AASHTO specification and grade determination testing. To complement the AASHTO based software, a range of research grade software is available for use with the CRT-DSRII, enabling the instruments’ capabilities to be expanded into a full research grade system.

The following tests and capabilities are available in the research grade software:

  • Oscillation as a function of time, temperature, frequency and shear stress
  • Viscosity as a function of shear rate, shear stress, temperature and time
  • Creep and Creep Recovery – accumulated strain (for compliance measurement and analysis)
  • Time Temperature Superposition and Viscoelastic Analysis