Research Equipment

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Mixing Equipment

Twin mixer concrete batch plant

Location: HyPoint and G5 ERL (currently separated into two pieces)

A planetary counter-current, high-shear mixer with maximum filling capacity of 1 m3 and maximum output capacity of 0.75 m3 is available for full-scale tests. The mixer can provide intensive and efficient mixing and homogenization of batch materials with high output of constant quality concrete, even for the most diverse mix designs.

Eirich Intensive mixer (150L output)

Location: G5 ERL

The Eirich intensive mixer is best known for optimum mixing technology. The Eirich intensive mixer separates the transportation of the mix from the actual mixing process. This results in numerous process design advantages. The mixing pan can be arranged either horizontally or at an optimized angle of inclination to suit the particular requirements.

Hobart mixers for mortar and cement paste

Location: G5 ERL

ASTM-compliant mixers (20L and 5L) for mixing hydraulic cement pastes and mortars of plastic consistency. Mixer includes Bowl Positioning Adapter, a stainless steel bowl and 1 flat, stainless steel beater for mixing heavy materials. Mixer operates on principle of planetary action—beater reaches every part of the batch, rotating on its axis in opposite directions as it moves around the bowl. Thoroughly blends, mixes and aerates all ingredients for consistent, predictable finished batches.

Rheometers / Workability

Contec viscometer for Concrete (Viscometer 5)

Location: G5A ERL

The ConTec Viscometer 5 is a coaxial cylinders rheometer, able to measure the rheological properties of a large range of concretes up to a maximum aggregate size of 16 mm, and can be easily extended to accommodate larger particles. The rheometer consists of a bucket serving as the outer cylinder, rotating on a base plate, and a stationary inner cylinder, divided into two parts: the top part registers the torque, while the bottom part eliminates the complicated 3-D flow effect. The incorporated software is used to set the testing parameters, to save and to perform an initial interpretation of the data. For mortar and concrete (Dmax ≤ 25 mm).

Contec viscometer for Micro-mortar (Viscometer 6)

Location: G5A ERL

The ConTec Viscometer 6 is the smaller version of the ConTec Viscometer 5, measuring the rheological properties of mortars with a dmax = 5 mm. The principle of operation is similar as the ConTec Viscometer 5.

Anton-Paar MCR 302 Rheometer for paste

Location: G5A ERL

The Anton-Paar MCR 302 is a “standard rheometer” also used in the field of polymers and suspension rheology. Different geometries can be installed on the same device. It enables the measurement of cement pastes with a maximum particle size of 300 µm. The coaxial cylinders and parallel plate geometries are available, both smooth and sandblasted (to minimize slippage). The EC motor technique, the low friction bearing and the patented normal force sensor have been optimized enabling any type or combination of rheological tests, both in rotational and oscillatory mode.


Fann Viscometer 35

Location: G5A ERL

Fann Viscometer 35 is a true Couette coaxial cylinder rotational viscometer. In this viscometer, the test fluid is contained in the annular space or shear gap between the cylinders. Rotation of the outer cylinder at known velocities is accomplished through precision gearing. The viscous drag exerted by the fluid creates a torque on the inner cylinder or bob. This torque is transmitted to a precision spring where its deflection is measured and then related to the test conditions and instrument constants

ICAR rheometer

Location: G5A ERL

The ICAR rheometer is a portable concrete rheometer, also based on the principle of the coaxial cylinders. The inner cylinder is equipped with a vane and the rheometer can accommodate concretes with a maximum aggregate size of 25 mm. The ICAR rheometer will be transformed into a tribometer by replacing the vane by a smooth cylinder. This instrument is used to:  characterize the influence of new materials on concrete rheology, optimize mixture proportions so that the resulting concrete flows readily but is resistant to segregation (especially important for self-consolidating concrete) and allows on-site quality control.


Alkali–Silica Reaction (ASR) Environmental Chamber

Location: G5 ERL

Automated system for testing according to ASTM C1293 standard.

Temperature: 38°C to 60°C

Temperature sensor accuracy: ±0.2°C


De-Icing Salt Scaling Environmental Chamber

Location: G5 ERL

Automated system for testing according to ASTM C 672 standard.

Temperature: -18 to 23oC

Cycle: one cycle per day


Humboldt Elite Series Freeze-Thaw CabinetS (Quantity of 2)

Location: G6 ERL

Automated system for testing according to ASTM C 666A standard.

Specimen: 1 Reference + 16 prisms (75 x 75 x 355 mm)
Dimension: 0.9 x 2.2 x 1.1 m
Temperature: -18 to 4oC
Cycle: 6 cycles per day

Carbonation Chamber

Location: G6 ERL

The chamber also has functions of carbon dioxide emission control, humidification control, heating and cooling control, can set:

  • Carbon dioxide concentration: 0 to 20%
  • Temperature: 40 to 120oC with 0.5oC precision
  • Relative humidity: 0 to 100% with 3% precision


MTS Rock and Concrete Test System (1M LB PRESS)

Location: G6 ERL

MTS Model 315 Load Frame Assembly

  • 4.600 kN (1.000 Kip) compression
  • 2.300 kN (500 Kip) tension
  • 100 mm (4.0 in.) stroke
  • Test space height with adapter plates: Max. 1160 mm (45.7 in.). Min. 1060 mm (41.7 in.)
  • Test space width. 686 mm (27 in.)
  • Stiffness10.5x109 N/m (6.0x1071b/in.)

Instron 5965 Test System

Location: 104 Butler-Carlton Hall

Dual column table top electromechanical testing system including:

  • Capacity 5 kN (500 kg, 1125 lb)
  • Integrated digital closed-loop control and data acquisition electronics including crosshead extension and load measurement channels
  • Test control panel with two softkeys, results display, start, stop and return functions, programmable function keys, test status indicators, variable speed jog and specimen protection.
  • Testing speed range: 0.001 to 3000 mm/min (0.00004 in/min to 120 in/min).
  • Crosshead return speed: 3200 mm/min (128 in/min)


ConCure ZoneCure System (maturity monitoring)

Location: G8 ERL

A system to measure the temperatures, temperature differences and maturity values during hardening of a structure at critical locations. ZoneCure allows strength estimation at an early age as well, provided the strength-maturity relationship for the concrete mixture used in the structure has been established and programmed into the software.

Impact Echo

Location: G8 ERL

This system is designed to determine the condition and thickness of concrete, wood, stone, and masonry structural members when voids, honeycomb, and/or cracks are suspected. IE investigations can also be performed to predict the strength of early age concrete if the member thickness is known. Lastly, the IE method will provide information on the depth of a flaw or defect, in addition to mapping its lateral location and extent. An advantage of the IE is that only one side of the structure needs to be accessible for testing.  The Freedom data PC provides stress-wave based NDT condition evaluation of concrete, masonry, asphalt, wood and other construction materials, as well as seismic testing of soil and rock. This platform provides complete data processing capability for all test methods.

Micro II PCI-8 Acoustic Emission System

Location: 104 Butler-Cartlon Hall

8 channel digital data acquisition acoustic emission system that resides on a full-size PCI card. Through the high performance PCI bus and Direct Memory Access (DMA) architecture, significant AE data transfer speeds can be attained (up to 132 Mb/sec.), assuring a wide bandwidth bus for multi-channel AE data acquisition and waveform transfer. Digital acquisition circuitry virtually eliminates drift, thereby achieving high accuracy and reliability.

PROCEQ Resipod

Location: G8 ERL

Resipod is a fully integrated 4-point Wenner probe, designed to measure the electrical resistivity of concrete in a completely non-destructive test. It is the most accurate instrument available, extremely fast and stable and packaged in a robust, waterproof housing designed to operate in a demanding site environment. Surface resistivity measurement provides extremely useful information about the state of a concrete structure. Not only has it been proven to be directly linked to the likelihood of corrosion and the corrosion rate, recent studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between resistivity and chloride diffusion rate and even to determination of early compressive strength.

RSV-150 Remote Sensing Vibrometer

Location: 104 Butler-Cartlon Hall

The RSV-150 Remote Sensing Vibrometer is designed for point-and-shoot condition monitoring and testing the dynamics of structures from a distance. Its advanced laser Doppler interferometer technology saves time by avoiding contact sensor installation and is readily applied to any vibration measurement task. 


Ultrapyc 1200e Pycnometer

Location: G8 ERL

This equipment is used to determine true density and density of powder materials. This pycnometers is specifically designed to measure the true volume of solid materials by employing Archimedes’ principle of fluid displacement and gas expansion (Boyle's Law). The versatility of this equipment is important because the required volume for density determination depends on the fineness of the powder. The density is one of the basic physical characterization of powder materials.

Blaine Air Permeability 

Location: G8 ERL

Fineness measurement apparatus: This apparatus is to determine Blaine fineness of powder materials. The Blaine of powder materials has significant influence on workability and rheology of cementitious materials, including concrete. The Blaine is one of the basic physical characterization of powder materials.

Gyratory compactor (ICT-100R)

Location: G5A ERL

This piece of equipment is used to test compactability of aggregate and low workable concrete. This model is the most complete equipped version for all kind of laboratory compacting work (research, mix design, specimen preparation etc.).

Mercury intrusion porosimeter

Location: G-6A MRC

Non-wetting fluid (mercury) Intrusion device, by pressure, for pore size distribution determining in solid porous sample. Mercury intrusion pressure is raised automatically, up to 220 MPa, and intruded volume into sample is related with porosity determination. The measuring range of pores is between 7 nm and 0.4 mm.

Rapid air-void analyzer

Location: G8 ERL

An automated measuring system for analyzing the air content, and distribution in hardened concrete, which is of importance when evaluating the freeze-thaw resistance of concrete. The system can replace the manual tests performed as described in the ASTM designation C 457.  It is comprised of a computerized control unit (PC) with a 20’’ LCD color monitor, a digital color camera, and a microscope objective mounted on a moving stage, and a user-friendly analysis software operating in MS-Windows environment.

Germann Instruments AVA (Air Void Analyzer)

Location: G5A ERL

This equipment is used to measure the air-void parameters (spacing factor and specific surface) of samples of fresh air-entrained concrete. Samples are taken after concrete has been placed in the structure and consolidated. It provides timely information to reveal problems with the air-void system.


Creep Frames (quantity of 15)

Location: HyPoint

These are fabricated pieces of specialized equipment to test the creep measurement of high-strength concrete.

Calmeterix I-Cal 8000

Location: G8 ERL

I-Cal 8000 is an 8-cell Isothermal Calorimeter designed to test cement paste, mortar or even real concrete in compliance with ASTM C1679 ("Standard Practice for Measuring Hydration Kinetics of Hydraulic Cementitious Mixtures Using Isothermal Calorimetry"). Precision sensors measure the heat flow generated by the early hydration reaction of cement as the ambient temperature around the samples is controlled by Calmetrix's CalCommander software interface.

Calmetrix F-Cal 4000 Semi-Adiabatic Calorimeter

Location: G8 ERL

F-Cal 4000 is a portable calorimeter with four sample channels that emulates the curing conditions of concrete flatwork. It is ideal for quick testing of concrete in field conditions. F-Cal units are portable, yet rugged enough to be carried in the back of a pick-up truck, or left on site in a Concrete plant for testing in real conditions.F-Cal 4000 enables testing of up to four cement, mortar or concrete simultaneously, in standard 4"x8" (100 mm x 200 mm) cylinders or in any container of equal or smaller size. Calmetrix's proprietary CalCommander software for data retrieval and analysis lets users to select one of the F-Cal's cells as a temperature reference cell.

Calmetrix P-Cal 1000

Location: G8 ERL

The P-Cal is a high performance semi-adiabatic calorimeter with high efficiency insulation to achieve close to adiabatic conditions. The P-Cal is the only high performance semi-adiabatic calorimeter that is so portable it can easily be carried in concrete delivery trucks or other field applications. P-Cal 1000 can be used to test concrete, mortar or paste in a standard 4”x8” (100 mm x 200 mm) cylinder or any standard container that fits inside. P-Cal measures changes in temperature, a proxy for heat released as cement is hydrating. Because of its ultra-high performance insulation, it closely mimics the conditions encountered in the core of mass concrete applications. 

Geneq Automatic Concrete Cylinder End Grinder

Location: G6 ERL

Automatic grinder grinds specimen ends plane and parallel. This unit can grind three (3) 4” x 8” (100 mm x 20 0mm) test cylinders or two (2) 6” x 12” (150 mm x 300 mm) test cylinders simultaneously, has adaptor for 4” x 8” (100 mm x 200 mm) test cylinders.