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Materials Engineering and Research Laboratory

Photo of 5 Million Pound Test Machine With a 3 x 6 Concrete Core in Compression
5 Million Pound Test Machine With a 3 x 6 Concrete Core in Compression
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Photo of Temperature and Humidity Controlled Core Room Temperature and Humidity Controlled Core Room
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Ion Chromatograph for Corrosivity Testing of Water and Soil


Materials Engineering and Research Laboratory (MERL) occupies 3½ acres of Building 56 in the Denver Federal Center, Reclamation's research facility. MERL has the facilities to test concrete, concrete reinforcement, selected metals, plastics, geotextiles, coatings, and other materials. Tests include physical properties, corrosion, durability, environmental, and drying and shrinkage.

Explore this site further to learn more about our facilities, services, partnerships, publications, and research in coatings, corrosion, concrete and geotechnical engineering

Administration Contact Information

Bill Kepler, P.E., PhD
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Manager
Wkepler@usbr.gov
(303) 445-2386
Gloria Lopez
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Administrative Assistant
Glopez@usbr.gov
(303) 445-2381

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Last updated: 9/25/14