Engineering & Building Materials
One of the key ingredients of a growing and successful economy is the construction industry. Construction activities can range from the building of roads, highways, towers, dams etc. Now the foundation of any construction work hinges on the use of building materials, which includes cement, steel, concrete, aggregate, soil, ceramics, bricks etc. The quality of such building materials is of paramount importance in ensuring the toughness and durability of the constructed part, besides ensuring safety for all those people who would use it.
At METS Lab.
- We provide a combination of construction materials testing (Concrete and Cement Testing, Soil Testing, Steel and Metal Testings, Agglomerates, Pavements, Ceramics and Marble Testing etc.) and operational tests (Weatherproofing of facades and covers, Installations, Metallic Structures, Load Testing, Pilot Continuity, Acoustics, Vibrations, etc.).
- Our global network of construction material testing laboratories deliver high levels of quality and excellence, drawing on more than decade of experience in the sector. Our laboratories can undertake all types of construction and building materials testing, covering:
- Materials: steel-reinforced concrete, steel structure welding work, soils-aggregates-coated materials, geotechnics, ceramic elements, concrete elements and concrete pavements.
- Verification of metal structures in the workshop and on-site: non-destructive testing (NDT), destructive testing, bolted joints, connectors, preparation and protection of services, fire protection, etc.
- Operation testing: load testing, weatherproofing of facades and covers, adherence of finishing, thicknesses of insulation and protection, testing of drains.
- Reception and operational testing: electrical, sanitary, air-conditioning, solar installations, etc.
- Acoustics and vibrations: acoustic insulation, construction work noise levels, vibrations, etc.
- We are one of the best Material Testing labs, Cement testing lab, Marble Testing lab, Soil Testing labs in UAE and other places with major approvals from
1. IAS (accreditation bodies)
2. EIAC(accreditation bodies)
3. GAC (accreditation bodies)
4. ENAS (Municipality Registration)
5. Sharjah Municipality (Municipality Registration)
6. Ajman Municipality (Municipality Registration)
Testing services of building materials can generally be divided into two areas
1. field testing
2. Laboratory testing
Field testing Construction Materials Testing (CMT) services take place at the site. Field testing mainly looks for compaction, moisture, air content and more, there are some instances where field Testing is incentive or exploratory in nature, and samples of various materials may be sent off for further lab testing.
Laboratory testing is usually performed on an as-needed basis. Common Lab tested construction materials include soil testing, rock testing, geotextile testing, sand, aggressive and fillers testing, concrete testing, cement, like and mortar testing, bitumen and asphalt testing, materials testing hydraulic lab testing etc
Rock structures have existed for as long as history can recall. It is the longest-lasting building material available and is usually readily available. Another main building material is Aggregate.
Aggregate Testing includes
10% Fine Value
All aggregate is required to meet a minimum strength valve, as defined by the 10% value test. This and other specifications ensure that only the highest quality materials are being used on construction projects.
Alkali Aggregate Reactivate
Alkali-aggregate reaction is a term mainly referring to a reaction which occurs over time in concrete between the highly alkaline cement paste and non-crystalline silicon dioxide, which is found in many common aggregates. This reaction can cause expansion of the altered aggregate, leading to spalling and loss of strength of the concrete.
The total chloride content of aggregate is usually measured to assess whether the aggregate’s contribution to the total chloride content of a concrete mix will be low enough to prevent the early onset of corrosion of any embedded steel reinforcement.
Clay Lumps and friable Particles
This test helps in determining the percentage of clay lumps and friable particles in aggregate. Clay lumps in aggregate shall be defined as any particles or aggregation of particles that when thoroughly wet can be distorted when squeezed between the thumb and forefinger, or will disintegrate into individual grain sizes when immersed for a short period in water. Friable particles are defined as particles which vary from the basic aggregate particles in that they may either readily disintegrate under normal handling and mixing pressures imposed upon them by construction procedures, or break down after being incorporated into the work.
Clay Slit and Dust passing/ Sieve
This test helps in determining the size of a granular material. The size distribution is often of critical importance to the way the material performs in use. A sieve analysis can be performed on any type of non-organic or organic granular materials including sands, crushed rock, clays, granite, feldspars, coal and soil, a wide range of manufactured powders, grain and seeds, down to a minimum size depending on the exact method. Being such a simple technique of particle sizing, it is probably the most common.
This test helps in determining the compaction percentage of an aggregate when loose compared to the same aggregate compacted in a standard manner. It is useful in assessing an aggregate’s when placed loosely, for example, as a pipe surround material. Aggregate suitable for use as pipe bedding would display a low compaction fraction, indicating it reaches a state of near full compaction under loose placement.
The Aggregate Crushing Value offers a related measure of the resistance of an average to crushing under a compressive load that is gradually applied.
Drying shrinkage is defined as the contracting of a hardened concrete mixture due to the loss of capillary water. This shrinkage causes an increase in tensile stress, which may lead to cracking, internal warping, and external deflection, before the concrete is subjected to any kind of loading.
Flakiness and Elongation Index
Flaky is the term applied to aggregate or chippings that are flat and thin with respect to their length or width, Aggregate particles are said to be flaky when their thickness is less than 0.6 of their mean size. The flakiness index is found by expressing the weight of the flaky aggregate as a percentage of the aggregate tested.
This test helps in determining the value which indicates the ability of an aggregate to resist crushing. The lower the figure the stronger the aggregate, i.e. the greater its ability to resist crushing.
This test helps in determining the approximate percentage of lightweight pieces in aggregate by means of sink-float separation in a heavy liquid of suitable specific gravity. This method may be used in identifying porous aggregate particles in research activities or in petrographic analysis.
Los Angle Abrasion
The Los Angeles (L.A.) abrasion test (Figure 1) is a common test method used to indicate aggregate toughness and abrasion characteristics. Aggregate abrasion characteristics are important because the constituent aggregate in HMA must resist crushing, degradation and disintegration in order to produce a high quality HMA.
Organic Impurities Effect on Mortar Strength
This test helps in determining the rapid assessment of organic impurities by indicates their presence. Comparison is made between compressive strengths of mortar made with washed and unwashed fine aggregate.
This test helps in determining the presence of organic compounds in fine aggregates to for use in cement mortar or concrete. The test provides a quick, relative measure to determine if further tests of the fine aggregate are necessary before approval for use.
Particle Size Distribution
This test helps in determining the percentile quantity of particles of known diameter within a sample. The specimen can be either passed through a set of standard sieves in its natural state, or if a significant amount of binding material is present, such as clay, then the sample can first be washed over a small aperture sieve to remove the binding material.
Sand Equivalent Value
The sand equivalent test is a rapid field test to show the relative proportions of fine dust or clay-like materials in fine aggregate (or granular soils).
This test helps in determining the resistance to disintegration by freezing and thawing. It furnishes information helpful in judging the soundness of aggregates subjected to weathering, particularly when adequate information is not available from service records of the behaviour of the aggregate.
Specific gravity and water absorption
The specific gravity of an aggregate is considered to be a measure of strength or quality of the material. The specific gravity test helps in the identification of stone. Water absorption gives an idea of strength of aggregate. Aggregates having more water absorption are more porous in nature and are generally considered unsuitable unless they are found to be acceptable based on strength, impact and hardness tests.
The total sulphate content of aggregate is usually measured to assess whether the aggregate’s contribution to the total sulphate content of a concrete mix will be low enough to prevent any deleterious effects
Middle East Testing Services is one of the top-ranked laboratories providing reliable accurate and reproducible test results. Its credibility is borne by the Accreditations we have, and also the availability of sophisticated and modern analytical instruments that are calibrated at regular intervals. But the most important strength of METS Lab Lies in the pool of talented workforce. The testing activities include physical and chemical tests, besides microstructural analysis. The raw materials are tested for durability, intensity, integrity, engineering systems construction products, equality