Elite Series, Automated Direct/Residual Shear Apparatus

Elite Series, Automated Direct/Residual Shear Apparatus

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Elite Series, Automated Direct/Residual Shear Apparatus

Supports the following standards: ASTM D3080, AASHTO T236, BS1377:7

The Humboldt HM-5760 Direct/residual shear apparatus, utilizes pneumatic loading to apply vertical loads to a soil sample— eliminating the need for loading weights used in dead weight-type systems.

The HM-5760 is a microprocessor-based machine featuring a stepper-motor drive system and a 7" touch-screen display that allows the operator to control and monitor all test functions. Like all Humboldt Elite series machines, the HM-5760 is built with durable, high-quality components and features the use of a stepper motor, precision gears and gear box to ensure smooth and reliable operation, as well as precise results. The HM-5760 is built around Humboldt’s integral, 4-channel data logger with touch-screen control, which allows the HM-5760 to be used as a standalone device capable of full test control and data logging. It can also be controlled by a networked computer at any location with access to the network.

In stand-alone mode, the HM-5760 direct shear machine provides a 7" (178mm) touch-screen controller, giving you finger-tip control of your testing processes, as well as providing real-time, visual views of your data in both tabular and graphic formats. The waterproof, touch screen provides colorful, at-a-glance monitoring of testing functions without the use of a computer. Operators can see all the data in several formats at the machine while the test is running. Data can then be viewed simultaneously or downloaded later to a computer in the lab, in the next room or at a different location, while also providing report generation capabilities from within Humboldt’s NEXT software or our enhanced HM-5700SW Direct Shear Reporting Software.

When operated from a networked computer the NEXT software provides robust machine and test control, and report generation. It also provides the ability to control and monitor multiple machines from a single computer.

The HM-5760 is supplied complete with (2) 2,000 lbf (10kN) capacity load cells; 1" (25.4mm) horizontal strain transducer, and a 0.4" (10.2mm) vertical strain transducer. Humboldt’s HM-5700SW NEXT Direct Shear software module is also included.

Shear box assemblies and related accessories are not included and should be ordered separately.

Computer Control
NEXT software and the enhanced Direct Shear module, HM-5700SW, is included with the HM-5760 pneumatic direct-shear machine. This software provides robust machine control, data acquisition and report generation for those using a computer to control consolidation testing operations.
In addition, operators have the ability to view and control testing operations from a PC in the lab, in the next room or at a different location, while also providing report generating capabilities using the consolidation test-specific software module.
So, whether you are controlling a single direct-shear machine, controlling multiple machines. or even a complete geotechnical lab, Humboldt‘s NEXT software, in conjunction with Humboldt‘s HM-5760 Direct-shear machine, provides a complete solution for acquisition, recording and presentation of direct-shear testing data in data tabulation and graphic chart formats.

  • Machine control, and data acquisition via a networked computer
  • Provides the ability to use Humboldt‘s Next Software's, advanced test-specific modules
  • Real-time graphical chart and numerical display of tests via computer display
  • Effective sampling rate of 50 readings per second
  • Stores unlimited tests with up to 3000 points per test.
  • Up to 255 individual tests can be run simultaneously from a single PC
  • Provides advanced graphing capabilities
  • Provides full-unit customization
  • Reports can also be exported to Excel or a CSV file, if desired, and, we can provide custom integration/export solutions for LIMS, EQuIS, gINT, etc.

Counter-balance device for ASTM D3080 compliance is included. Not available anywhere else. Also available as a retrofit kit. HM-2560A.1

For additional information about the Elite Series Pneumatic Direct/Residual Shear Apparatus, click here.

Horiz. Movement:1" (25mm) Maximum
Horiz. Shear Force:2000 lbf (10kN)
Vertical Load:2000 lbf (10kN)
Data Channels:4
Speed Range:0.00001 to 0.49999 in./min. (0.00001 to 12.9999 mm/min.(
Dimensions:30" x 15.5" x 22" (760 x 394 x 558mm)
Voltage:110/220V 50/60Hz - 6.5amps

Controller Specifications

Display (Resistive Touch) 7" (178mm) VGA (480 x 800)
Real-time Test Data Graphic and Tabulation
Processor Dual 32-bit ARM
Memory, Non-Volatile 4GB
Analog to Digital Converter 24 bit
Data Acquisition 4 Channels
Logging Speed up to 50 readings per second
Multi-Test Storage 1000
Points Per Test 3000
USB port (front) export data, import/export calibration data, WiFi
USB Port (back) provides external power for wireless access point
Ethernet Connection for network connectivity
24-bit Differential Analog to Digital Converter 4
Ambient Temperature Sensor 1
Firmware Update Ethernet or flash drive

System Requirements

AC Supply 110/220VAC 50/60 Hz 5 Amp
Air Supply Clean and dry (air filter, water trap), minimum: 100psi (700kps) continuous air supply 10CFM (0.3m3/min)

Additional Items Required

PC Computer Not Supplied
Refrigeration Dryer HM-4221
Desiccant Dryer, Silica Gel HM-4222
Filter/Regulator HM-4223
Direct Shear/Consolidation Installation Kit HM-4168
Typical Test Setup for HM-5760.3F
HM-5760.3F1Elite Series, Automated Direct/Residual Shear Apparatus
HM-5700SW1Direct Shear Module for NEXT Software
HM-2751.20S1Shearbox Assembly, 2.0" (Square)
HM-2702.20S1Shearbox Cutter, 2.0" (Square)
HM-2703.20S1Dolly Tamper, 2.0" (Square)


Part Number & Name
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Round Shearbox Assemblies for HM-5760.3F, HM-5755.3F and HM-5750 machines
Square Shearbox Assemblies for HM-5760.3F, HM-5755.3F and HM-5750 machines
Direct Shear Module for NEXT Software
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Replacement Parts

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Replacement Ball, 5/8" 440 Stainless Steel
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Manuals, Data Sheets & Safety Data Sheets

Elite Series Direct Shear Spanish es (Data Sheet PDF)

ELITE-SERIES-directshear 2019 (Data Sheet PDF)

HM-5760-Manual-0717 (Product Manual PDF)



ASTM D3080



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Switching Stored Calibrations for Elite Testing Devices in HMTS NEXT Software

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Importing Test Data for Elite Testing Devices in HMTS NEXT Software

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Humboldt Mfg. Co. - Restoring Legacy Calibrations into NEXT Software

Manually Restoring Calibration for Legacy Equipment in HMTS NEXT Software

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Humboldt Mfg. Co. - Removing a Straggler Test From NEXT Software

How to Remove a Straggler Test in HMTS NEXT Software

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Humboldt Mfg. Co. - Importing Calibration Data into NEXT Software

How to Import Calibrations into HMTS NEXT Software

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Setting Up an Automated Direct Shear Test in NEXT

Taking you through step by step from the consolidation phase through the shear phase.

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