Lecturer In-charge : Dr. K.Baskaran
Technical Officer : H.T.R.M.Thanthirige
- The Building Materials Laboratory provides facilities for practical and research works, as well as opportunities for instruction in building materials testing methods and their application to engineering problems.
Laboratory facilities includes;
- Universal Testing Machine
- Heat of Hydration Calorimeter
- Blaine fineness apparatus
- Vicat Apparatus
- Aggregate crushing value test apparatus
- 10% Fines value test apparatus
- Aggregate Impact test apparatus
- Test sieves (BS & ASTM)
- Air Entrainment Meter
- Slump cone/Compacting Factor Apparatus
- V-B Consistometer
- Mortar cube vibrating machine with moulds
- Setting time of Concrete test apparatus
- Drying shrinkage & Moisture apparatus
- Core cutting machine
- Mortar Mixer
- Concrete Mixer
- Sample Splitter
- Sedimentation tank
- Length gauge & Thickness gauge
- Constant Temperature Bath
- Accelerated Curing Tank
- V – Funnel
- U Box
- Curing Tank
Contribution to the Academic Program:
- Practical classes offered under curriculum:
Undergraduate semester 2 practicals;
- Testing of Ordinary Portland Cement.
- Testing of Aggregate.
- BRE Mix design method ( DoE Mix design method ).
- Casting and testing reinforcement beams with and without shear links.
- Testing facilities commonly used for research:
- Sieve analysis
- Crushing test
- Impact test
- Soundness test
- Shape test
- Specific gravity and water absorption test
- Mix design
- Test for slump of concrete
- Strength tests
- Splitting test
- Workability tests (Slump test, Compaction factor test, Flow table, V-B consistometer)
- Test for time of setting
- Drying Shrinkage
- Test for water absorption
- Sorptivity test
- V – Funnel Test
- U Box Test
- Strength test
- Density and Water absorption test
- Tensile strength
- Rib geometry
- Rebend test
- Bond test
Health and Safety Regulations:
- The “Risk Assessment Form” must be handed over to the technical officer before the start of any experimental work within the laboratory premises.
- Be sure to read all safety signs and follow the instructions in the event of an accident or emergency.
- Make sure you know where your lab's safety equipment and use them.