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Construction Testing Equipment
Materials Testing Equipment
Ltd. manufactures and supply's all types of equipment used in the quality
control processes associated with soils, concrete, asphalt, and aggregates plus
the related materials used in civil engineering. Successful civil engineering
projects depend largely on quality control tests before, during and after
construction. These in turn rely on high quality testing equipment giving
consistently accurate and repeatable test results. Materials Testing Equipment
Ltd. has always been able to assure customers purchasing equipment, that they
can be confident if a standard has been specified, that the equipment will
The equipment featured below forms only a fraction of the equipment we have to offer. For details of equipment not featured on this page please check our PRODUCT SEARCH page or CONTACT US for further help.
A majority of materials used in construction contain Aggregate. In general it is normal to test Aggregates for properties which include particle size, distribution, shape and texture; relative densities, Bulk and compacted; mechanical properties; soundness and resistance to attack by chemicals. It is important to remember that the properties of a material which are important to one construction may not be important in another. This can be seen in the example of pavement courses; resistance to polishing in the base-course is irrelevant, but in the wearing course this property is paramount.
To view a selection of our most popular ranges within the Aggregates testing sector, click on the Aggregate link to the left
Bituminous materials as used in the construction of roads consist of two major ingredients; Aggregates and binder. The binder is usually bitumen (known as asphalt in the USA) and the Aggregates used are wide ranging and often dependant upon the materials available locally.
To ensure a uniform quality of pavement or road, it is essential that the properties of the materials incorporated into an asphalt are inspected for a variety of characteristics. If for example in a road surface the Aggregate used is of a rounded shape, it could seriously reduce the ability of a vehicle's tyres to grip the surface and result in skidding. On the other hand if the Aggregate is too sharp and angular the result could be excessive tyre wear and even breaking up of the road surface.
There are a series of national and international standards which clearly describe the acceptable characteristics and properties of materials used in the construction of roads and pavements. These standards also describe the methods and equipment which should be used to inspect these properties.
To view some of the equipment in our asphalt testing equipment sector, click on the Asphalt Link to the left
Concrete is an extremely versatile materials which can be moulded, pumped or poured into almost any shape or form. Once hardened concrete is a solid material with excellent load bearing capabilities as well structural and decorative properties.
Manufactured from 3 basic ingredients we again see Aggregates which are incorporated alongside cement and water.
Aggregates make up the largest portion of concrete and they may be naturally occurring Aggregates such as gravels from rivers, or quarried and crushed rock. A variety of other materials may substitute some or all of the Aggregate and these include materials like colliery wastes, recycled crushed concrete and other similar materials.
Cement (normally Portland
Cement) is the man made material with several different forms and wide ranging
properties. These include:
Water is the final ingredient and is used to form the chemical reaction with the cement allowing the required hydration and hardening process to begin. The quality of the water is not a major concern providing it is clean and free from impurities and has a low silt content.
To view some of the equipment in our concrete testing equipment sector, click on the Concrete Link to the left
Soil is made up of different sized particles of minerals (sand, silt and clay) organic matter and various living organisms. Therefore soil has physical, chemical and biological properties. These properties can be assessed individualy to gain a true measure of the soils properties.
The soils can be assessed using methods such as the California Bearing Ratio to determine the bearing capacity. Particle size distribution can be measured using sieving or sedimentation procedues, and permiability is measured in clays and silt using the falling head permiabilty cell. There are many other properties which can be assessed with a wide variety of tests and equipment.
An engineer needs to perform a range of initial tests to determine certain characteristics of the soils before a project can proceed. These preliminary test may influence the programme of inspection for the remainder of the project.
Tests can be performed for the determination of mechanical properties such as point load strength, Bulk density (dry and moist), measurements of compaction (standard and modified Proctor), consolidation, Atterberg limits, grain-size distribution (sieve and hydrometer), particle specific gravity, unsaturated moisture diffusivity, unconfined compressive strength, moisture content, and hydraulic conductivity.
To view some of the equipment in our soils testing equipment sector, click on the Soils Link to the left
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