How to Measure Compaction Force, Compactability and Compressibility

Compaction force measurement applications using the TA.XTplus Texture Analyser

COMPACTABILITY/COMPRESSIBILITY is the ability to be compacted or compressed usually to a large degree of deformation during a compression test. This can be a required property of, for example, the formation of cosmetic powder tablets or formation of tablets from granules. However it may also be undesirable, as would be true of a large amount of packaging material which is usually chosen for its ability to protect a product and therefore resist compaction to a reasonable extent.

Typical properties that can be obtained from a texture analyser graph:

Work of Compaction, Force to Compact, Ease of Compression, Point of Non-Recoverable Failure, Compression Recovery
Typical texture analysis graph

Typical Texture Analyser graph with annotated properties of powder compaction test

Typical Probe/Fixture used for Measurement:

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The above are only typical examples of compactability/compressibility measurement. We can, of course, design and manufacture probes or fixtures that are bespoke to your sample and its specific measurement.

Once your measurement is performed, our expertise in its graphical interpretation is unparalleled – no-one understands texture analysis like we do. Not only can we develop the most suitable and accurate method for the testing of your sample, but we can prepare analysis procedures that obtain the desired parameters from your curve and drop them into a spreadsheet or report designed around your requirements.

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Texture Analysis probes

Probes and attachments

The Texture Analyser uses a range of different probes and attachments according to your specific application.

Exponent Software


Whether you require a simple test and data analysis solution or a fully featured software package – we give you the choice.

Peltier cabinet

Temperature Control

If your product is temperature sensitive, we have a range of temperature monitoring and control options.

Acoustic Envelope Detector setup

Additional measurement options

By attaching peripheral devices you can collect additional measurement parameters during your standard texture analysis test.

Automated Linear Indexing System


Find out how to increase your sample throughput, walk away time and testing efficiency with several automation options.

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Our range of Texture Analyser accessories covers requirements for the use, maintenance and protection of your instrument.

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