Direct simple shear


The ShearTrac II-DSS system is a universal shear system capable of performing the consolidation and shear phases of a direct simple shear test under full automatic control. The direct simple shear device is a way to measure undrained shear strength of soils that reflects the average shear strength mobilized in the field during failure of embankments on soft soil foundations and deep excavations in clay. The DSS test generates a fairly homogeneous state of shear stress throughout the specimen, which provides initial stress condition, stress path, and deformation configuration that models numerous field loading conditions more closely than any other test systems such as triaxial. The system consists of a computer-controlled unit that utilizes microstepper motors to apply the vertical and horizontal loads to the soil specimen.

The system is capable of running a consolidation phase for up to 32 increments automatically. Horizontal shearing can be applied at a specified rate of deformation or at a specified rate of horizontal force change. The constant volume condition during the shear is maintained through a closed loop computer control with the vertical displacement sensor as the feedback. The system is capable of displaying the current status of a test and graphically portraying the progress of the test in real time. The system includes the capability for the operator to alter the test process and conditions at any stage of the test. 


Choose load capacity to fit user needs up to 10kN (2,000 lbs.)

Total automation, control, data collection and re-porting of test results

Prepare tables and plots of report quality within minutes of completing a test

Geo-NET compatibility lets unit be accessed and controlled over a computer network

Generate columns of data for easy reduction using your own spreadsheet software

Accurate displacement rate control from 0.00003 to15 mm per minute (0.000001 to 0.6 in. per minute)

Stand alone through front keypad and LCD menu capability 


ASTM D 6528 Consolidated Undrained Direct Simple Shear Testing of Cohesive Soils

ASTM D2435/T216 One-Dimensional Consolidation Properties of Soils


CAPACITYUp to 11 kN (2,500 lbs.)
VERTICAL MOTORStepper motor with built-in controls for vertical load
HORIZONTAL MOTORStepper motor with built-in controls for horizontal load
SPEED RANGE0.00003 to 15 mm per min. (0.000001 to 0.6 in per minute)
HORIZONTAL TRAVEL±12.5 mm (±0.50 in.) resolved to 0.0013 mm (0.00005 inches)
VERTICAL TRAVEL12.5 mm (0.5 in.) resolved to 0.0013 mm (0.00005 inches)
POWER110/220 V, 50/60 Hz, 1 phase
DIMENSIONS228 mm x 560 mm x 762 mm (9 in. x 22 in. x 30 in.)
WEIGHT63 kg (140 lbs.)
MODELS & Frame Capacity
ST-DSS-5002.5 kN (500 lbs.)
ST-DSS-10005.0 kN (1,000 lbs.)
ST-DSS-200010 kN (2,000 lbs.)
ShearTrac II-DSS accessories includes shear box to test round samples up to 100 mm (4 in.) diameter, top and bottom porous stones with Teflon® coated stacked rings.
Geo-NET-PC Network communication card and cable to link ShearTrac II to PC.
DSS Software package to automatically run and report direct simple shear tests.

For viewing forms of the report and the interface of the operating program click the mouse on a corresponding miniature.