Materials Testing Laboratory

Construction Materials Testing Lab

Our testing laboratory provides support to our consulting and field inspection services, while providing forensic and testing services to our clients worldwide. We work closely with ASTM in the development of test methods, testing guidelines, and specifications.

Stringent quality assurance and quality control procedures provide results that engineers can rely on as they consider recommendations, products, and materials to be used for construction or repair projects. Our clients include building owners, contractors, law firms, concrete producers, material manufacturers, engineering firms, government agencies, facility owners, and suppliers.

Our employees are active members in ACI, ASTM, ICRI, FRCA, ASCE and SWRI and several are current or past committee members, committee chairs, board members, and presidents of local and national chapters.

Our materials testing laboratory is audited and/or inspected by AMRL (AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory), CCRL (Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory), and the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Our laboratory accreditation includes: ISO 17025, AASHTO R18 and we are an approved laboratory for the US Army Corps of Engineers.  TEC Services can submit data to ICC-ES (International Code Council – Evaluation Service) for the following acceptance criteria:

 

AC32
Acceptance Criteria for Concrete with Synthetic Fibers
AC51
Acceptance Criteria for Precast Stone Veneer
AC198 Acceptance Criteria for Chemical Admixtures Used in Concrete
AC208 Acceptance Criteria for Steel Fibers in Concrete
AC212
Acceptance Criteria for Water-Resistive Coatings used as Weather-Resistive Barriers over Exterior Sheathing
AC308 Acceptance Criteria for Post-Installed Adhesive Anchors in Concrete Elements

The TEC Services Testing Laboratory can perform tests for the following:

Concrete

Compressive Strength
Absorption
Splitting Tensile
Flexural Strength
Modulus of Elasticity
ACI Mix Designs
Concrete mix-design development
Admixture Certification
Length Change
Yield Tests and Unit Weights
Pozzolanic Activity
Freeze Thaw
Creep & Shrinkage
Testing Fiber Reinforced Concrete
Petrography and forensic analysis of concrete, aggregate and cementitious materials
Physical testing of construction materials, concrete, shotcrete, masonry, wood and steel.

Concrete Testing Lab Slump Test
Concrete Testing Lab Slump Test

Epoxy

Compressive Strength
Compressive Yield
Heat Deflection
Bond Strength Flexural
Viscosity
Gel Time
Bond in Direct Tension
Tensile Strength + Elongation
Bond Strength Shear
Color
Compress Shear
Temp of Gelation
Flexural Strength
Freeze-Thaw
Initial Cure
Initial Viscosity
Pot Life
Shore Hardness
Tack Free Time
Viscosity
Weight Per Gallon
Absorption
Shrinkage
Polymer Concrete Compress Strength
Polymer Concrete Flex Strength
Polymer Concrete Mod. of Elasticity Compress
Polymer Concrete Shrinkage
Polymer Concrete Thermal Compatibility

Epoxy Test Samples
Epoxy Test Samples

Hydraulic Cement, Fly Ash, Slag, & Pozzolan

ASTM C114 Chemical Analysis
ASTM C150 Physical Analysis
Compressive & Tensile Strength
Specific Gravity
Air Permeability
Autoclave Expansion
Time of Setting & Gillmore & Vicat Needles
Air Content
Normal Consistency
False Set

Admixture Laboratory
Admixture Laboratory

Masonry

Compressive Strength
Absorption
Prism
Linear Shrinkage
Efflorescence
Fire Rating
Mortar Design
Cement and Mortar
Freeze Thaw

Masonry Laboratory, Tile Bond Shear Test
Masonry Laboratory, Tile Bond Shear Test

Steel

Chemical/Physical Analysis
High Strength Bolt Testing
Anchor Testing
Elongation
Modulus of Elasticity
Tensile Strength

Metals Laboratory, Testing of Flat Steel Coupon
Metals Laboratory, Testing of Flat Steel Coupon

Petrographic Analysis

Freeze/Thaw Testing
Accelerated Aging Testing
Modules of Rupture
Absorption/Bulk Specific Gravity
Compressive Strength
Flexural Strength
Abrasion Resistance
Full Panel Testing
Young’s Modulus of Elasticity
Stone/Anchor System Testing
Skid Resistance
Slip Resistance
Water and Air Infiltration Testing
Customized Services Are Available Upon Request

Petrographic Laboratory
Petrographic Laboratory

Petrographic Services

TEC Services provides petrographic analysis of aggregate, concrete and cementitious-based products and materials to aid in failure analysis investigations and quality control testing of building materials. This analytical tool can determine the following concrete, mortar and other cementitious products characteristics:

Estimation of water-cement ratio
Cause of surface defects
General quality and condition
Depth of carbonation
Identification and volumetric estimation of pozzolanic materials
Identification of deleterious materials and reactions
Alkali-silica reactivity
Chemical and physical sulfate attack
Degree of carbonation and other environmental effects
Segregation of Materials
Aggregate quality
Maximum aggregate size and gradation
Entrapped and entrained air contents
Petrographic Laboratory Services
Petrographic Laboratory Services