FIVE ELEMENTS LABORATORY


Our professional  laboratory is capable of a wide variety of testing to service the construction materials sector.  Our laboratory is managed in accordance with following standards and test methods;

  • ISO 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
  • Australian Standards relevant to test methods
  • Test methods of Australian road authorities

We carry the relevant standards and detailed testingprocedures for all our test methods giving our clients assurance of the quality and repeatability of our testing.

 

AS1289.6.1.1:2014

Methods for testing soils for engineering purposes: Determination of CBR

CBR testing machine and electronic balance

 

AS1289.3.4.1

Linear shrinkage of road construction materials

Shrinkage specimens during stove drying

AS1289.3.6.3:2003

Method of testing soils for engineering purposes: Determination of particle size distribution of a soil

A crushed rock gravel after sieving for the particle size distribution test.

AS1289.3.1.1

Soil classification tests - Determination of the liquid limit of a soil - One point Cassagrande method

Cassagrande apparatus

 

AS1289.5

Soil compaction and density - Standard and modified compactive effort

A freshly completed cylinder after removal of the collar and patching

TMR(QLD) T125D

Capillary rise of stabilised material


Compacted cylinder specimens during the capillary rise test

 

TP205 DPTI

Vertical saturation of soils test (96 hour)


TP205 of the South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (Vertical Saturation Test).

Testing various treatments and controls for a period of 96 hours with vertical saturation of 2 l/h.

RMS T133

Durability of road materials modified or stabilised by the addition of cement

Cylinder jack for extruding specimens for RMS T133

 

AS1289.3.2.1 

Soil classification tests - Determination of the plastic limit of a soil - Standard method

Thread rolling apparatus as per AS1289.3.2.1 & RMS T109

AS1289.2.1.1

Soil moisture content tests - Determination of the moisture content of a soil - Oven drying method 

Precision laboratory stove that can maintain +/- 1 degree Celsius from setpoint up to 300 degrees Celcius

 

 

ASTM C805

Standard test method for rebound number of hardened concrete

Schmidt rebound hammer is a non-destructive tool used for measuring the rebound number of concrete.

ASTM 6910

Standard test method for Marsh funnel viscosity

The Marsh funnel is used to measure the viscosity of fluids and is useful for measuring the concentration of additives in water and determining that blending of additives has been consistent. 

 

AS1012 Method 2

Methods of testing concrete: Preparation of concrete mixes in the laboratory


Our laboratory concrete mixer is used for making trial batches of concrete for the purpose of testing concrete mix designs.

AS1012 Method 4.1

Methods of testing concrete: Determination of air content of freshly mixed concrete

Our pressure type air meter is used to determine the air content of freshly mixed concrete using the principals of Boyle's Law.

 

 

AS 1012 Method 13

Methods of testing concrete: Determination of the drying shrinkage of concrete

Mold and measuring apparatus for determination of the drying shrinkage of concrete mixes.

AS1012 Method 18

Determination of the setting time of fresh concrete, mortar and grout by penetration resistance

Vicat apparatus for conducting penetration tests to measure the setting time of concrete.

 

 

AS1012 Method 3.1

Determination of properties related to the consistency of concrete - Slump test


Slump testing cone and tamping rod.

AS1012 Method 5 & 6

Determination of mass per unit volume of freshly mixed concrete & determination of bleeding

Equipment for measurement of the density and bleed water of freshly mixed concrete.

 

AS1012 Method 9

Methods of testing concrete: Compressive strength tests


2000kN digital compression testing machine for testing of cured concrete specimens