Laboratory

The laboratory of RERS has several divisions. The laboratory supports internal research (PhD and Master research projects) and externally funded projects. Please contact rers@uantwerpen.be for an offer or more information.

Asphalt and bituminous mortar

  • Preparation, compaction and testing of gyratory specimen (Ø10cm and Ø15cm)
    • Mixing (EN 12697-35)
    • Gyratory compaction (EN 12697-31)
    • Determination of maximum density (EN 12697-5)
    • Determination of bulk density (EN 12697-6)
    • Determination of void characteristics (EN 12697-8)
    • Determination of water sensitivity (EN 12697-12)
    • Determination of Indirect Tensile Strength (EN 12697-23)
    • Determination of the affinity between aggregate and bitumen (EN 12697-11)
    • Acoustic absorption using an impedance tube (ISO 10534-2)
  • Preparation, compaction and testing of slabs (50x18x5cm, 50x18x10cm, 60x40x5cm, 60x40x10cm, 60x40x15cm)
    • Mixing (EN 12397-35)
    • Roller compaction (EN 12697-33)
    • Wheel tracking (EN 12697-22)
    • Stiffness test (EN 12697-26)
    • Fatigue test (EN12697-24)
  • Mortar tests by DSR: stiffness, fatigue, healing, creep, (in house procedure)

Bitumen

  • Determination of needle penetration (EN 1426)
  • Determination of softening point – R&B method (EN 1427)
  • Determination of the Fraass breaking point (EN 12593)
  • Determination of complex shear modulus and phase angle – DSR (EN 14770)
  • MSCRT test by DSR
  • Determination of the flexural creep stiffness – BBR (EN 14771)
  • Accelerated long-term ageing by the rotating cylinder method - RCAT (EN 15323)
  • Rolling Thin Film Oven Test RTFOT (EN 12607-1)
  • Determination of chemical composition by FTIR (in house procedure – BBRC Method)
  • Digital Image Processing & SEM (scanning electron microscopy)

Concrete

  • Fresh concrete and mortar mixing, includig characterization of consistency (slump, flow, fresh density, air content, slump-flow, V-funnel, rheometer, etc.) and sample preparation (moulds, finishing equipment, core drilling facilities,etc.)
  • Characterization of hydration processes and binding (TAM Air calorimetry, (Semi-)adiabatic heat of hydration determination, Vicat (mechanical and ultrasonic), etc.)
  • Determination of mechanical properties (compressive, flexural and tensile testing, E-modulus, CTE)
  • Determination of durability related properties (chloride migration, chloride profiling, carbonation, frost-thaw resistance, ASR, shrinkage, ect.)
  • Charactrization of micro-structure (SEM analysis, water absorption, N2 adsorption, UPV, porosimetry)
  • Various non-destructive testing equipment: rebar detection, ultrasonic pulse velocity, radar and tomograhy, corrosion analysis (wheel-electrodes), IR-thermography, surface resistivity, water content and water permeability, air permeability, etc.

Soil

Under construction