Lab Facilities

The Laboratory portions of the Superpave QC/QA, HMA Aggregate Consensus Tests, TSR, and Binder Ignition Oven courses will be held in room 112 (Bituminous Laboratory), room 111 (Aggregate Laboratory) and room 109 (Concrete Laboratory). Hands-On training and Proficiency testing will be on an individual basis. Procedures for the courses include:

Superpave QC/QA:

  1. Gyratory Compactor Verification and Specimen Compaction (Cert & Recert)
  2. Theoretical Maximum Specific Gravity (Rice Test) (Cert & Recert)
  3. Binder Content using the Ignition Oven (Cert & Recert)


HMA Aggregate Consensus Tests:

  1. Sand Equivalent
  2. Uncompacted Voids (Fine Aggregate Angularity)
  3. Percent Fractured Faces (Coarse Aggregate Angularity)


Tensile Strength Ratio (TSR).

Binder Ignition Oven.


The laboratory facilities that are available to construction materials graduate students are housed in the department of Civil Engineering building. These include: the Concrete Materials Laboratory; the Bituminous Materials Laboratory, the Aggregate Laboratory, the Load Frame Laboratory, the Ross Materials Instructional Classroom, the Geodynamics Laboratory, the Graduate Geotechnical Laboratory, and the Undergraduate Geotechnical Laboratory. The CE building has recently been renovated and all the labs have been completely replaced.

Concrete Materials Laboratory

The Concrete Materials Laboratory contains concrete and cement, aggregate, and masonry testing equipment.

Concrete and cement testing equipment includes a controlled-environment room for moist-curing and conditioning specimens, counterflow 3.0 cubic foot concrete mixer, contractor-type 3.0 cf concrete mixer and one 6.0 cf mixer, freeze/thaw cabinet, a match-cure station, cement briquette tension testing device, Blaine cement fineness apparatus, Gillmore and Vicat cement setting time devices, ACME penetrometer device for fresh concrete setting time analysis, self-consolidating-concrete (SCC) testing equipment, Calmetrix semi-adiabatic calorimeter, mini-slump devices, Schmidt hammer and calibration anvil, several air content meters (pressuremeter "A"-type, "B"-type, roll-a-meters, and Chace indicator), cylinder capping molds for 2 in. through 6 in. diameter specimens, concrete and aggregate unit weight buckets, concrete saw, automated cylinder end-grinder, concrete resistivity equipment, salt scaling molds, salt ponding molds, microwave, etc., for concrete moisture content determination, concrete shrinkage equipment, various electronic balances, and miscellaneous supporting items. 

Within the Concrete Laboratory is the Masonry Laboratory. The Masonry lab includes a mortar flow table, cube molds, water retentivity device, brick/block capping molds, brick/block unit weight station, a concrete block-forming machine, and a bond-wrench load frame.

Bituminous Laboratory
Bituminous Laboratory equipment includes a Marshall stability/flow loading machine, a Geotest multi-loading machine (TSR, Marshall or CBR), mechanical and manual Marshall compaction equipment, water baths, ovens, sample extruder, 2 drum mixers, 2 8-quart Hobart mixers, 1 20-quart Hobart mixer w/heater, specific gravity electronic balance workstation, ductility device, thin-film and rolling-thin-film ovens, absolute, kinematic, and Saybolt viscosity equipment, penetrometer, 3 Rice method specific gravity workstations, ring and ball softening point equipment, flash point equipment, clay-gel column chromatography equipment, asphalt cement pycnometers, asphalt extraction/recovery equipment (reflux, Abson, and rotary evaporator methods plus non-standard equipment/methods for large-scale extraction/recovery, 1 small and 2 large batch centrifuges), resilient modulus indirect tension equipment, including a PC workstation for data acquisition and test control, creep compliance and Tensile Strength Ratio (Lottman) equipment, 3 Pine gyratory shear compactors, three asphalt ignition ovens, 2 Brookfield rotational viscometers, Prentex pressure-aging vessel, Bohlin Gemini 150 dynamic shear rheometer, Applied Test Systems bending beam rheometer, CoreLok device, Asphalt Mixture Performance Tester (AMPT) and a 4" core drill for preparing specimens, and an APA Loaded Wheel Tester fitted to also run the Hamburg Wheel Test.

Aggregate Materials Laboratory

Equipment includes a Los Angeles Abrasion machine, 3 Gilson testing screen shakers, 2 Rotosift sieve shakers,  2 Rainhart "Mary Ann" shakers, CBR equipment (includes 1 motorized and 2 manually operated load frames), resilient modulus equipment, a range of sampling and splitting devices, 7 large aggregate bins, 18 small bins, 8 specific gravity workstations, a permeability workstation for 10 in. diameter specimens, 8 SUPERPAVE consensus and source testing equipment workstations (sand equivalent, flat/elongated aggregate templates, sand particle shape analyzers, and plasticity index), a 3-tier Micro-Deval station, a wet-ball mill device, aggregate crushing value test equipment, methylene blue testing equipment, sand organic impurities kit, a water-alcohol freeze/thaw station, a sulfate soundness station, a slake durability device, a portable point-load test device, a large minus #200 washing station, ultrasonic sieve cleaner, type M laboratory crusher from American Pulverizer Co., and an Iowa Pore Index testing device.


Load Frame Laboratory

The Load Frame Laboratory contains load testing equipment including: Concrete cylinder (4" and 6") compressometer/extensometers, 600,000 lb Forney compression machine, a 200,000 lb servo-controlled Tinius-Olsen universal compression/tension machine with data acquisition PC workstation, a 10,000 lb beam flexure testing machine, a Cox & Sons California kneading compactor, Rainhart portable beam tester, an MTS 651 environmental chamber, accessories for split-tensile and flexural (beam) strength testing, and rebar tension & bending testing equipment.

Structural High-Bay Laboratory

The Structural High-Bay Laboratory has equipment including concrete creep frames, a concrete abrasion test device, an MTS 880, 110 kip capacity dynamic load frame, and an MTS 2500, 550 kip capacity dynamic load frame.‌

Ross Materials Classroom
Core to the physical labs is the Ross Materials Classroom. Situated adjacent to the labs, the instructional classroom has state-of-the-art electronic visual aids, as well as direct access and views of the labs.

Geotechnical Laboratories
The three Geotechnical Laboratories (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Geodynamics) contain an electrohydraulic closed loop MTS 810 dynamic loading system for dynamic (fatigue) or static testing of specimens with the attendant data collection and analysis capabilities, shaking table, resonant column, four consolidometers, and flexible wall permeameters as well as apparatus for static triaxial shear and direct shear testing. An high speed digital acquisition system allows the recording of information from dynamic and/or long term testing as well as real-time control of special tests. This data can be recorded on disks until it can be reduced and plotted for rapid data analysis.

For model testing, Missouri S&T has available a three foot radius centrifuge capable of developing up to 2000g.

Researchers will have access to other types of equipment and technical assistance on campus, including X-ray diffractometers, scanning electron microscopes, electron dispersion systems, optical microscopic specimen preparation equipment, optical petrographic microscopes, DTA equipment, freeze/thaw cycling equipment, and geochemical analysis laboratory equipment.

Equipment Maintenance
The department has excellent capabilities for ensuring a maximum usable lifetime for the equipment. The full-time departmental technical support staff includes an electrical engineer, 2 electronics technicians, a computer technician, a research technician, and a machinist. A fully-equipped machine shop and electronics laboratory are housed in the departmental building. There is a line item in the annual departmental budget for equipment maintenance.