Concrete Research

The structural and material testing capabilities of Benedict Laboratory are used for research involving fresh or hardened portland cement concrete and mortars, as well as on-going research with ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) by certified technicians and student researchers. The large, state-of-the-art facility allows for numerous projects to be conducted simultaneously. Researchers can perform a variety of tests on mixtures including semi-adiabatic calorimetry and rapid chloride penetration as well as analyze hardened concrete by using compression and tension load frames, creep framers and a freeze/thaw chamber.

Concrete Mixing and Testing

Our facility houses various sizes and types of mixers allowing for on-site production of concrete for testing.

Researchers can perform a variety of tests on mixtures including semi-adiabatic calorimetry and rapid chloride penetration. This data can be used to create a new mixture design that fits your research needs.

A wide range of instruments are available for analyzing hardened concrete. This includes compression and tension load frames, creep frames, and a freeze/thaw chamber.

Curing

A temperature and humidity controlled curing room and two steam chambers are available to ensure that specimens are cured quickly and uniformly. Six temperature-regulated lime water baths are also available for the wet curing of specimens.

Personnel

Facility Equipment

Syntron VP-51-D1 Electromagnetic Vibrating Table

20"x20"

ScienTemp™ Freeze/Thaw Concrete Testing Machine

80 beam capacity

Doyun BTF060 Planetary Mixer

Croker Cumflow RP100 Rotating Pan Mixer

Pine Instrument AFCT1 Coefficient of Thermal Expansion System

Reid 618PF Surface Grinder

Fosdick BM Sensitive Core Drill

Syntron VP-51-D1 Electromagnetic Vibrating Table

20" x 20"