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Construction Materials

AHSL have extensive facility for physical, mechanical and chemical testing of a wide variety of materials and products to National, International and other regional standards and specifications in accordance with BS, BS EN ISO, ASTM, AASHTO, DIN, CIRIA, etc.

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List Of Tests

Sl.No. Test description Test Method
1 In-situ density by sand replacement method using
large / small pouring cylinder
BS 1377 Part 9 : 2.2/2.1
2 In-place density test by sand cone method ASTM D 1556
3 In-situ density  test using nuclear densitometer BS 1377 Part 9
ASTM D 6938
4 Dry density – moisture content relationship
(MDD-OMC)
BS 1377 Part 4
ASTM D 1557
5 Maximum/minimum density test BS1377 Part 4
6 Maximum and minimum density – by vibrating table ASTM D4253/4254
7 Particle size distribution by sieve analysis BS 1377 Part 2 / ASTM C136
8 Particle size distribution by hydrometer method BS 1377 Part 2
ASTM D 422
9 Coefficient of uniformity (Cu) ASTM D 2487
10 Liquid limit BS 1377 Part 2
ASTM D 4318 / AASHTO T 89
11 Plastic limit & plasticity index determination BS 1377 Part 2  AMD 9027
ASTM D 4318 / AASHTO T 90
12 California Bearing Ratio (soaked) BS 1377 Part 4
AASHTO T 193 / ASTM D 1883
13 In-situ CBR BS 1377 Part 9
14 Moisture content determination BS 1377 Part 2
ASTM D 2216
15 Moisture content by calcium carbide gas pressure
Tester
ASTM D 4944
16 Soil classification ASTM D 2487
ASTM D 3282  / AASHTO M 145
17 Shear box test BS 1377 Part 7
18 Soil permeability test BS 1377 Part 5
19 Linear shrinkage test BS 1377 Part 2
20 Particle density determination BS 1377 Part 2
21 Bulk density and dry density determination BS 1377 Part 2
22 Maximum and minimum density determination BS1377 Part 4
23 Maximum and minimum densities – by vibrating table ASTM D4253/4254
24 Plate load test ASTM D 1196
BS 1377 Part 9
25 Dynamic Cone Penetration Test (DCPT) ASTM D 6951
26 Thermal conductivity in soil ASTM D 5334
27 Electrical resistivity determination BS 1377 Part 2 / ASTM C136
Sl.No. Test description Test Method
1 Sampling of aggregates ASTM D 75
2 Particle size distribution (dry/wet sieving) BS 812 Part 103.1 / ASTM C136
3 Materials Finer than 75µm Sieve (Fines Passing No.
200) in Mineral Aggregates by Washing
BS 812 Part 10 / ASTM C 117 / AASHTO T11
4 Specific gravity & water absorption of coarse agregates ASTM C 127
5 Specific gravity & water absorption of fine agregates ASTM C 128
6 Particle density & water absorption BS 812 Part 2
7 Clay lumps and friable particles ASTM C142
8 Bulk density detemination BS 812 Part 2
9 Moisture content determination BS 812 Part 109
10 Flakiness Index of aggregates BS 812 Part 105.1
11 Elongation Index of aggregates BS 812 Part 105.2
12 Shell content determination BS 812 Part 106
BS EN 933 Part 7
13 Aggregate crushing value BS 812 Part 110
14 Ten percent fines value BS 812 Part 111
15 Aggregate impact value BS 812 Part 112
16 Sand equivalent value ASTM D2419
17 Soundness of aggregates by the use of sodium
sulphate and magnesium sulphate
ASTM C 88
BS 812 Part 121
18 Organic Impurities ASTM C40
19 Shell Content BS 812 Part 106
20 Lightweight pieces ASTM C123
21 Sulphate content BS 812 Part 117
22 Chloride content BS 812 Part 117
23 Drying shrinkage BS 812 Part 120
24 Potential Alkali Reactivity – mortar bar method ASTM C1260 / C227
25 Potential Alkali Reactivity – chemical method ASTM C289
26 Potential Alkali Reactivity –  rock cylinder method ASTM C586
27 Los Angeles abrasion ASTM C131 / C535
28 Micro Deval test BS EN 1097-1
29 Aggregate abrasion value  (UK) BS 812 Part 113
30 Polished stone value (UK) BS EN 1097-8
31 Petrographic examination (UK) ASTM  C295  / BS EN 932-3
32 Grading of rock by weight distribution The Rock Manual C683 / CIRIA 1991
BS EN 13383
33 Aspect ratio (shape index) The Rock Manual C683 / CIRIA 1991
BS EN 13383
34 Drop test breakage index The Rock Manual C683 / CIRIA 1991
BS EN 13383
35 Sampling of rock CIRIA SP83 / BS EN 13383
36 Density and water absorption CIRIA SP83 / BS EN 13383-2
37 Point load index test ISRM
38 Uniaxial compressive strength ISRM
39 Unconfined compressive strength ASTM D2398 / EN 1926 / CIRIA RM
40 Resistance to wear by Los Angeles abrasion BS EN 1097-2 / ASTM C535
41 Ten percent fines value BS 812 Part 111
42 Resistance to weathering EN 1367-2 / BS 812 Part 121/ ASTM C88
43 Aggregate impact value BS 812 Part 112
44 Methylene blue absorption BS EN 933-9
45 Moh’s hardness BS 6431 Part 13 / BS EN 101
46 Full chemical analysis of rock IEP OES / CIRIA
Sl.No. Test description Test Method
Fresh concrete
1 Sampling of fresh concrete at site BS 1881 Part 101
2 Slump  and temperature of concrete BS 1881 Part 102 / ASTM C143/C1064
3 Air content in fresh concrete BS 1881 Part 106
4 density of compacted fresh concrete BS 1881 Part 107
5 Bleeding of fresh concrete ASTM C232
6 Concrete setting time (initial/final) ASTM C403/403M
7 Water-cement ratio BS 1881 Part 2
8 Yield/cement content of fresh concrete ASTM C138/C138M
9 Drying shrinkage of agg. In concrete BS 812 / BS 1881 Part 5
10 Monitoring of temperature in concrete using Intellirock loggers IHTP
Hardened concrete
11 Curing of test specimens (20 oC method) BS 1881 Part 111
12 Compressive strength of concrete cubes BS 1881 Part 116 / BS EN 12390 Part 3
13 Density of concrete cubes BS 1881 Part 114
14 Compressive strength of concrete cylinder ASTM C39/C39M
15 Tensile splitting strength BS 1881 Part 117
16 Flexural strength of concrete beam BS 1881 Part 118
17 Modulus of elasticity of cylinder ASTM C469
18 Water absorption of hardened concrete BS 1881 Part 122
19 Water permeability (depth of penetration) DIN 1048 / BS EN 12390 Part 8
20 Initial surface absorption test (ISAT) BS 1881 Part 208
21 Electrical indication of concrete ability to resist choride ion penetration (RCP) ASTM C1202 / AASHTO T277
22 Porosity of hardened concrete (absorption in vacuum) RILEM
23 Acid soluble chloride content BS 1881 Part 124
24 Acid soluble sulphate content BS 1881 Part 124
25 Porosity RILEM CPC 11.3
26 Pull off test of plaster BS 1881 Part 207
27 Ultrasonic pulse velocity in concrete BS 1881 Part 203
28 Half cell potential survey ASTM C876
29 Surface hardness test by rebound hammer BS EN 12504-2
30 Covermeter survey BS 1881 Part 204
31 Delamination survey by hammer tapping ASTM C4580
32 Chloride/sulphate ingress BS 1881 Part 124
33 Depth of carbonation CS Tech.Report #38
34 Low strain integrity of concrete piles ASTM D5882 / IHTP
Sl.No. Test description Test Method
1 Sampling of bituminous paving mixture ASTM D979
2 Bitumen content determination by extraction method ASTM D2172/2172M
3 Particle size analysis of extracted aggregate ASTM D5444
4 Rate of spray/application ASTM D2995
5 Thickness and density of compacted bituminous mixture ASTM D3549
6 Marshall density ASTM D6926/D2726
7 Theoretical maximum specific gravity & density of bituminous paving mixture ASTM D2041
8 Percentage Voidage in compacted bituminous paving mixture DMS-9
9 Loss of stability of bituminous mixture DMS-10
10 Stability of bituminous mixture ASTM D6927/6926
11 Flow of bituminous mixture ASTM D6927/6926
12 Stiffness of bituminous mixture ASTM D6927
13 Coating & stripping test of bitumen aggregate mixture ASTM D1664
14 Specific gravity ASTM D70
15 Penetration ASTM D5
16 Ductility ASTM D113
17 Flash point ASTM D92
18 Solubility ASTM D2042
19 Softening point ASTM D36
20 Kinematic viscosity ASTM D2170
21 Thin-film oven test loss of heating ASTM D1754
22 Saybolt furol/universal viscosity ASTM D244
Sl.No. Test description Test Method
Cement
1 Compressive strength BS EN 196 / BS 12 /BS 4027 / ASTM C150
2 Flexural strength BS EN 196 / BS 12 /BS 4027 / ASTM C150
3 Consistency BS EN 196 / BS 12 /BS 4027 / ASTM C150
4 Setting time BS EN 196 / BS 12 /BS 4027 / ASTM C150
5 Soundness BS EN 196 / BS 12 /BS 4027 / ASTM C150
6 Fineness (specific surface – Blaine) BS EN 196 / BS 12 /BS 4027 / ASTM C150
7 Heat of hydration BS 4550
8 Chemical analysis if cement BS EN 196 / BS 12 /BS 4027 / ASTM C150
GGBS/Fly Ash
9 Compressive strength BS EN 196 / BS 6699 / ASTM C989
10 Activity index BS EN 196 / BS 6699 / ASTM C989
11 Setting time BS EN 196 / BS 6699 / ASTM C989
12 Fineness 45micron BS EN 196 / BS 6699 / ASTM C989
13 Soundness BS EN 196 / BS 6699 / ASTM C989
14 Chemical analysis BS EN 196 / BS 6699 / ASTM C989
Microsilica
15 Compressive strength BS EN 196 / ASTM C109
16 Accelerated pozzolanic strength- activity index BS EN 13263
17 Bulk density ASTM C1240
18 Chemical analysis of microsilica ASTM C1240 / ASTM C114 / C311 / AAS
Admixture
19 Test mix of admixture to comply with ASTM C494 ASTM C494/C494
20 Chemical analysis of admixture ASTM / IHTP
Sl.No. Test description Test Method
1 Tensile strength and elongation of rebars BS 4449 / BS EN 10002
2 Bend strength BS 4449
3 Rebend strength BS 4449
4 tensile strength and elongation of structural steel BS EN 10002 Part 1 / BS EN ISO 6892-1
5 Coating thickness ASTM A775/A775M
6 Holiday detection (continuity) ASTM A775/A775M
7 Adhesion test (flexibility) ASTM A775/A775M
8 Tensile strength of coupler BS EN 10002 / BS 8110
9 Tensile/Load test of tie rod BS EN 10002 / IHTP
10 Weld shear test BS 4483
11 Shore ‘A’ hardness of water stop ASTM D2240
12 Brinell hardness ASTM E384
13 Rockwell hardness ISO 898-1
14 Tensile strength of PC wire strand ASTM A 416
15 Load testing of manhole cover/frame BS EN 124
16 Coating thickness on manhole cover BS 3900
17 Load testing of cable tray IHTP
18 Load testing of scaffolding components IHTP
19 Salt spray test ASTM B117
20 Pull out test of rebar/anchor BS 1881 Part 207/ASTM C900
21 Pull off test on paint ASTM D4541
Sl.No. Test description Test Method
1 Compressive Strength of Masonry Blocks (Hollow) BS 6073
2 Compressive Strength of Masonry Blocks (Solid) BS 6073
3 Measurement of Dimension of Masonry Blocks BS 6073
4 Water Absorption of Masonry Blocks BS 6073
5 Determination of Compressive Strength of Paving Blocks BS 6717
6 Measurement of Dimension of Concrete Paving Blocks BS 6717
7 Water Absorption of Paving Blocks BS 6717
8 Compressive strength of AAC blocks BS EN 772-1
9 Transverse astrength of terrazzo tiles BS 4131
10 Density and water absorption of terrazzo tiles BS 4131
11 Compressive strength of marble/granite tiles ASTM C170
12 Modulus of rupture of marble/granite tiles ASTM C99
13 Density and water absorption of tiles ASTM C97
14 Flexural strength of marble/granite tiles ASTM C880
15 Determination of dimensions and surface quality  (Length, width, thickness, edge straightness, surface flatness, rectangularity) of ceramic tiles BS EN ISO 10545
16 Water absorption of ceramic tiles BS EN ISO 10545
17 Modulus of rupture of ceramic tiles BS EN ISO 10545
18 Resistance to stain of ceramic tiles BS EN ISO 10545
19 Resistance to household chemicals BS EN ISO 10545
20 Coefficient of linear thermal expansion BS EN ISO 10545
21 Resistance to thermal shock BS EN ISO 10545
22 Crazing resistance of ceramic tiles BS EN ISO 10545
23 Frost resistance (weather test) BS EN ISO 10545