Materials Laboratory


Materials Laboratory

Provides engineering evaluation for building materials such as cement, aggregate, concrete and other cementitious materials based products. The laboratory is capable of carrying out all routine tests for compliance to national/international Standards. This laboratory is also equipped with various equipment for non-routine laboratory tests as well as on-site tests such as structural integrity, tests for durability and performance related properties, assessment of materials and structures, etc. The tests conducted, amongst others include:

  • Compressive strength of concrete cubes
  • Compressive strength of concrete cylinders
  • Compressive strength of concrete cores
  • Compressive strength of bricks and sandcrete blocks
  • Flexural strength of concrete beams
  • Tensile splitting strength of concrete cylinders
  • Performance and durability related properties for cementitious based materials
  • Microstructural properties of cementitious based materials (porosity and pore size distribution)
  • Physical and mechanical properties of aggregates
  • Tests for cement
  • Tests for mixing water
  • Various non-destructive and semi-destructive tests for assessment of concrete strength and durability

Major facilities include:

  • Fully automatic concrete compression machines (2000 kN capacity)
  • Beam flexural testing machine (100kN capacity)
  • Aggregate testing facilities
  • Cement testing facilities
  • Rebound  hammer test apparatus
  • Flow table apparatus
  • Workability test apparatus
  • Vicat Apparatus
  • Compacting factor apparatus
  • Aggregate Crushing  Value apparatus
  • Aggregate Impact Value apparatus
  • Elongation and Flakiness index apparatus