Building Materials Laboratory

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:

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
  • Ovens
  • 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.