Institute of Applied Physics  
220072 Minsk, Akademicheskaya str. 16, tel. +375 (17) 357-67-94

Material strength meter IPM-1A









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Larisa Zezetko
The Institute of Applied Physics offers consumers an IPM-1A material strength meter for non-destructive measurement of the strength of concrete, asphalt concrete and other building materials under a manufacturing agreement and is looking for partners to conclude a distribution services agreement.
Devices IPM-1A (in Russian) are designed for non-destructive measurement of the strength of concrete, asphalt concrete and other building materials (mortar, brick, hardened bitumen, etc.) using calibration dependencies according to the methods of STB 2264-2012 and GOST 22690-2015, as well as the assessment of physical and mechanical properties building materials.

The IPM-1A device structurally consists of an impact transducer and an ADC electronic unit connected to a personal computer.
The method of dynamic indentation used in the device consists in applying a local impact to the tested product, recording the load force diagram and calculating the complex of the main physical and mechanical characteristics of the tested material using special algorithms.


Strength measuring range
from 1 to 100 MPa
 Permissible measurement error when calibrating according to user samples  ± 8%
 Measurement time 5 s
 Overall dimensions of the electronic unit  210x160x80 mm
 Overall dimensions of impact transducer  Ø70×340 mm
Weight of the electronic unit
  0.7 kg
 Impact transducer weight  1.4 kg
 Power supply  network 230 V, 50 Hz
 Test impact energy 1.5 J
 Indenter tip diameter   32 mm

Areas of application - industrial and civil construction, road construction.

For all questions about the device: +375 (17) 379-24-38

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Advantages and Innovations
IPM-1A has the following advantages:

- Continuous recording of the impact process in combination with the use of a personal computer for processing measuring signals can significantly increase the information content of measurements. According to the results of one test impact, the parameters characterizing the elastic, plastic and viscous properties of the controlled material are determined. Due to this, the device can be used for scientific research and development of specialized control methods. For example, the software allows you to bring the result of measuring the elasticity modulus of asphalt concrete to a given temperature;
- Compared to analogues that implement the shock pulse method, the device has a significantly higher impact energy and the diameter of the spherical tip of the indenter. This makes it possible to reduce the measurement uncertainty caused by the structural inhomogeneity of the tested material, as well as the influence of the surface layer. At the same time, the tests are non-destructive in nature, since they do not require the manufacture of special samples;
- Extended measurement range allows you to control both asphalt concrete and high-strength cement concrete with one device.

Stage of development
Already on the market
Comments regarding stage of development
The devices are included in the State Register of Measuring Instruments of the Republic of Belarus (No. RB 03 03 425815), are produced according to the technical specifications TU BY 100289280.021-2015.
Funding source
State budged
IPR status
Exclusive rights
Secret know-how
Sector group
Sustainable Construction

Organization information

R&D institution
Year established
NACE keywords
B.09.90 - Support activities for other mining and quarrying
F.43.99 - Other specialised construction activities n.e.c.
M.72.19 - Other research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
M.74.90 - Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.
Turnover (in EUR)
Already engaged in transnational cooperation
Additional comments
The main scientific fields of the Institute:
- Physics of non-destructive testing;
- Development of methods and means of non-destructive testing and technical diagnostics of materials, products and technological processes;
- Creation of scientific foundations of information technologies for non-destructive testing and technical diagnostics.

Non-destructive testing methods developed at the institute:
- Methods of ultrasonic flaw detection, structuroscopy, thickness measurement of surface hardened layers;
- Capillary control method;
- Pulse magnetic control method;
- Methods of magnetic thickness measurement of coatings;
- Thermopower method;
- Eddy current methods of flaw detection and structuroscopy;
- Method of magnetic noise structuroscopy;
- Methods for monitoring the magnetic characteristics of soft magnetic materials, magnetic fields and residual magnetization;
- Methods of radio wave flaw detection, structuroscopy, thickness measurement;
- Contact-dynamic method for monitoring the physical and mechanical characteristics of materials;
- Methods of image reconstruction in x-ray tomography.

Solved applied tasks:
- Control of defects in the continuity of parts, blanks and structural elements (defectoscopy);
- Control of the structure and physical and mechanical characteristics of materials;
- Control of the geometric parameters of products, coatings and surface hardened layers;
- Control of the stress-strain state of metal structures;
- Technical diagnostics of objects.

Applied developments of the institute are characterized by a wide range of scientific and technical problems to be solved, which are of a diversified nature, and the developed modern methods and means of non-destructive testing and technical diagnostics are used in energy, space technology, metallurgy, auto, tractor and agricultural engineering, motor building, construction , welding industry, electronics, petrochemistry, railway and road transport, pipeline transport, bridge building, aircraft building, repair services, utilities, medicine, sports, forensics, etc.

The institute has two laboratories accredited by the State Standard of the Republic of Belarus: a testing laboratory for non-destructive testing and a verification laboratory.

Objects of control - Parts, blanks, castings, rolled products, forgings, welded joints, building and other structures made of metal, concrete, plastics, composite materials, pipelines, boilers, tanks, metal structures of hoisting and transport machines, products made of rubber materials, foundations, road coatings, machines and mechanisms, electrical machines, etc.

The Institute of Applied Physics is the only academic institute both in the Republic of Belarus and abroad that specializes in the field of physics of non-destructive testing and technical diagnostics. The results of research on the development of the scientific foundations of the theory of magnetism, electromagnetic, ultrasonic, radio wave, contact-dynamic, capillary and other methods of non-destructive testing brought fame to the institute. Scientists of the institute have created dozens of new types of methods and means of control, protected by copyright certificates and patents from the leading countries of the world, introduced at many industrial enterprises of the republic and abroad. The Institute maintains active international relations, being one of the founders of the World Federation of Non-Destructive Testing Centers (the headquarters of the World Federation is located in the USA). Representatives of the Institute traditionally head the Belarusian Association of Non-Destructive Testing and Technical Diagnostics, which is part of the European Federation of Non-Destructive Testing (EFNDT).
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Information about partnership

Type of partnership considered
Distribution services agreement
Manufacturing agreement
Type and role of partner sought
Consumers interested in purchasing the IPM-1A material strength tester for non-destructive measurement of the strength of concrete, asphalt concrete and other building materials under a manufacturing agreement.

Partners interested in purchasing the IPM-1A material strength tester for non-destructive measurement of the strength of concrete, asphalt concrete and other building materials under a distribution services agreement.
Type and size of partner sought
> 500
SME 51-250
SME 11-50
SME <= 10
R&D Institution
Sole proprietor


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