How do I create a set of specimens?

In ForneyVault, a set is a group of specimens under a sample that are all tested at the same age.

The are two reasons ForneyVault divides a sample into sets:

  1. Sets of specimens are typically placed into different areas of the curing room or into different curing tanks.
  2. The machine is aware that cylinders in a set are related and provides appropriate feedback as those cylinders are tested.

After creating a sample in ForneyTools, the Create SampleSet page is displayed. The first five steps in these instructions get you to that same location.  Here's how you create a set in ForneyTools:

  1. After logging into ForneyTools, click the Project Home link.CreateSample0
  2. From the list of projects on the project index page, click on the project to which you want to add this new sample. Click here if you want to learn how to add a new project.CreateSample1
  3. From the list of locations within your selected project on the location index page, click on the location to which you want to add this new sample. Click here if you want to learn how to add a new location.CreateSample2
  4. From the list of samples within your selected location on the sample  index page, click on the sample to which you want to add this new set. Click here if you want to learn how to add a new sample.
  5. On the set index page, click on Create New Set.
  6. The Set Number is required. This field is alpha-numeric. We typically suggest identifying your sets as the age to break. For example, a set of seven-day specimens would be set "7," 28-day specimens would be set "28," etc. You can use the description field to further describe the set.
  7. You need to identify the specimen type (i.e., geometry) of your set.  You can have multiple specimen types in a sample, but each set must be a single type. For example, with a particular concrete sample you might cast beams to determine flexural strength, but also cast cylinders for compressive strength.  Therefore, you would have at least one set of beams, and one set of cylinders.
  8. After selecting a specimen type, ForneyTools allows you to create a number of specimens in this set as long as you have created default specimens for this specimen type. In this case, you could choose to create one ("# Specimens to Create") 4" x 8" cylinder ("Default Specimens"). If you created multiple default specimens of cylinder type, they would be included in the dropdown (i.e., you might have "4 x 8" and "6 x 12").
  9. If you want this set of specimens to appear on the machine's specimen list on the day of testing, you need to enter an Age to Break. You can enter an age in days, or, for early breaks, you can enter an age in hours.
  10. Entering an expected strength is not required but recommended. Expected strength is used throughout ForneyVault to notify of low or questionable breaks, auto preload the machine, and help determine hold status of specimens. The machine assumes that this is a 28-day strength, but you can enter specific strengths for each age if you prefer.
  11. You can select a test type and test in order to setup the machine for specific tests. For standard tests that are run often, it is not necessary to make these selections. However, if you intend to run a non-standard test or a test that is not performed often (like cylinder tensile splitting or Modulus of Elasticity), it might make sense to create a test and select it here.
  12. When you select a test, the parameters of that test will be displayed below it so that you can confirm that you chose the correct test.
  13. When you have entered the information for this set, click the Create button at the bottom of the page.
  14. After creating a set, ForneyTools returns to the same page to allow you to create another set within the same sample. Repeat the process from above, entering a new Set Number and appropriate information for the next set of specimens. A single 14-day cylinder is shown below.CreateSet15-png
  15. Remember to enter an expected strength....
  16. Click the Create button at the bottom of the page to create this second set within the selected sample.CreateSet19-png
  17. Once again, ForneyTools returns to the same page to allow you to create another set within the same sample. This time, three 28-day cylinders are shown below.CreateSet18
  18. Don't forget to enter an expected strength....CreateSet16-png
  19. Click the Create button at the bottom of the page to create this third set within the selected sample.CreateSet19-png
  20. When ForneyTools returns to the Create SampleSet page, you can create two hold cylinders, as shown here. Since these cylinders may or may not be tested, you can leave the Age To Break field blank. This way, these cylinders will not automatically appear in the machine specimen list. If they need to be tested, you can search for them at the machine, or add an age to break in ForneyTools so that they appear at the machine.CreateSet20
  21. As usual, enter an expected strength, and click Create at the bottom of the page.
  22. When you are done creating your sets, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Set List link to see the sets you created.CreateSet24
  23. If you need to make any changes to one of your sets, click the Edit link to the right of the set.CreateSet26
  24. If you need to delete a set, click the details link to the right of the set.CreateSet27
  25. At the bottom of the page, click the "Delete" link.CreateSet28
  26. Click the Delete button to confirm that you want to delete this set.CreateSet29
  27. If you want to view the specimens that were created when you chose a number of default specimens, click on the set number.CreateSet30
  28. You chose to create three 4" x 8" cylinders to be broken at 28 days, with an expected strength of 4,000 psi.CreateSet31