Hydrostatic head tester



The HydroView is used to determine the resistance of fabrics to penetration of water and is a consistent and highly accurate hydrostatic head tester by James Heal.

HydroView can be used to test many types of fabrics that are intended to be water resistant, in product sectors such as performance wear, tents, medical textiles, PPE, nonwovens, geotextiles and more.


Flexible and reliable

Ability to test across pressures from 0-10,000 mbar, making it suitable for testing the most high performance waterproof system

Integrated wastewater drawer

Removes the need for any additional plumbing, saving time and money when testing

Simplified water management

An integrated pump automates the filling/emptying of the instrument for testing and enables fine adjustment of water levels

Large illuminated test bed

Designed to accommodate both multi-layered fabrics and sheet substrates

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Technical Specification

Electricity Voltage 120-240V
Frequency 50/60Hz
Current 1A
Conditioned atmosphere recommended Yes
Positioning Bench standing
Water Supply Not required
Drainage Not required
Air Extraction Not required
User Interface 10" Touch Display
Data Ports USB for USB flash drive used to export test data and update software
Sample Thickness 0 to 10 mm
Space requirements Height 666 mm
Width 460 mm
Depth 591 mm
Approximate net weight 100 kg

Additional information

About hydrostatic head testing

The hydrostatic head test is used to support claims of a product or material being water resistant or waterproof. Waterproof penetration testing is key to understanding the performance of a garment or material in adverse weather conditions.

Your product application will define your target hydrostatic pressure. To provide some context, the lower a hydrostatic pressure measurement the more easily water can penetrate under pressure.

For example, hydrostatic pressure is important in outdoor applications, such as tent groundsheets, because a groundsheet needs a high resistance to water penetration; especially when placed on saturated ground.

When pressure is applied to the ground sheet by people standing, sitting or sleeping on it, water could then be forced through.

Failure in this area would mean anything in contact with the groundsheet will become wet.

Similarly a performance garment claiming waterproof properties, would need a high hydrostatic head value to demonstrate its defence-ability against driving wind, rain and other physical factors.