Concrete Laboratory

The Concrete Laboratory performs various types of studies related to concrete making materials including cement, pozzolans, aggregate, admixtures, as well as innovative materials and techniques for concrete construction and repair for Reclamation structures. These include laboratory and field studies of the properties and performance of concrete materials. The Concrete Laboratory is complemented by complete structural testing capabilities. The lab houses tools and equipment for cutting-edge materials science research including:

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Equipment
  • 5-million pound Universal Testing Machine
  • 674,000 pound Universal Testing Machine
  • 125,000 pound Universal Testing Machine
  • Dynamic Testing Laboratory
  • Vibration Testing Laboratory
  • Freezing/Thawing testing equipment
  • Aggregate and Riprap processing and testing equipment
  • Environmental Testing Chambers
  • Thermal properties equipment, including specific heat, thermal diffusivity, and coefficient of thermal expansion
  • 50-Percent Relative Humidity Room
  • 100-Percent Relative Humidity Room
  • Aggregate Processing
  • Concrete Mix Room, various mixers up to 1.25cy
  • 42-inch diamond saw
  • Cylinder lapping table
  • Concrete coring equipment
  • Chemical grouting equipment
  • Concrete repair equipment
  • Photogrammetry equipment
  • Geotechnical Laboratory

    The Geotechnical Laboratory performs various types of studies related to soil, rock, and foundation materials used for Reclamation structures. These include both laboratory and field studies of the properties and performance of engineering materials under various environmental and service life conditions. The lab houses tools and equipment for cutting-edge materials science testing and research including:

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    Rock Testing Laboratory
    • Physical and Index Properties
    • Determination of pulse velocities and ultrasonic elastic constants
    • Direct Shear Testing Machines (7-inch and 12-inch diameters)
    • Triaxial Shear Testing Machine (with elevated temperature and pore pressure)
    • Indirect splitting tensile strength
    • Uniaxial compressive strength
    • Point load testing
    • Tilt table
    • Slake durability
    Soil Testing Laboratory
    • Index Testing
    • Static Testing
      • Direct Shear Strength (up to 12” specimens)
      • Triaxial Shear Strength (automated stress path system, up to 6” specimens)
      • Rotational Shear Strength
      • Expansion/Consolidation
      • Fully Softened Strength and Residual Strength
    • Dynamic Testing
      • Cyclic Simple Shear (up to 5Hz)
      • Cyclic Triaxial Shear (up to 5Hz)
    • Consolidation Testing
      • One-dimensional consolidation
      • One-dimensional swell/consolidation for expansive clay and rock
    • Permeability Testing
      • Constant Head Permeability (up to 19” specimens)
      • Combined settlement & Permeability
      • Flexible Wall Permeameter including Flow Pump testing
    • Construction Materials Testing
      • Chemical Stabilization of Soils
      • Concrete aggregates
      • Rip rap
      • Granular Filter Materials
      • Dispersion/Erosion potential
    Petrographic Testing Laboratory
    • Scanning Electron Microscope
    • X-ray Defraction
    • Petrographic microscopes
    Last Updated: 6/20/16