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The performance of traditional instruments for measuring the flow properties of dry granular materials at small consolidation stresses is not fully satisfactory. Generally, commercial quick tests, as, for example, the angle repose method, do not yield intrinsic material properties. This difficulty is solved in currently available ring shear testers, in which the externally applied torque necessary for shearing the sample is measured as a function of the normal stress previously applied through an annular lid. In this article we show a novel device in which the shear stress is caused by the action of a centrifugal force on a vertical layer of unconsolidated material, which is rotated around its vertical axis. At a critical point the shear stress is large enough to drive material avalanches. From a theoretical analysis of these avalanches based on Coulomb’s method of wedges, we derive the angle of internal friction and cohesion of the granular material. To illustrate the functioning of the instrument, measurements on steel, ferrite, and magnetite beads of different particle size are presented. The data obtained are used to analyze the gravity-driven avalanches of these materials in a slowly rotated drum.