OUR CAPABILITIES

Some of the tests our laboratory can undertake (inclusive but not limited to):

Asphalt

AS/NZS 2891.2.1, Methods of sampling and testing asphalt: sample preparation: mixing, quartering and conditioning of asphalt in the laboratory. 

AS/NZS 2891.2.2, Methods of sampling and testing asphalt: sample preparation: compaction of asphalt test specimens using a gyratory compactor.

AS/NZS 2891.3.3, Methods of sampling and testing asphalt: binder content and aggregate grading: pressure filter method.

AS/NZS 2891.5, Methods of sampling and testing asphalt: compaction of asphalt by Marshall method and determination of stability and flow: Marshall procedure.

AS/NZS 2891.7.1, Methods of sampling and testing asphalt: determination of maximum density of asphalt: water displacement method.

AS/NZS 2891.8, Methods of sampling and testing asphalt: voids and volumetric properties of compacted asphalt mixes.

AS/NZS 2891.9.1, Methods of sampling and testing asphalt: determination of bulk density of compacted asphalt: waxing procedure.

AS/NZS 2891.9.2, Methods of sampling and testing asphalt: determination of bulk density of compacted asphalt: presaturation method.

AS/NZS 2891.9.3, Methods of sampling and testing asphalt: determination of bulk density of compacted asphalt: mensuration method.

AS/NZS 2891.13.1, Methods of sampling and testing asphalt: determination of the resilient modulus of asphalt: indirect tensile method.

Australian Airports Association AAAMT001, Determination of the Marshall test properties of asphalt mixes for airports.

Austroads AGPT/T220, Sample preparation – Compaction of asphalt slabs suitable for characterisation.

Austroads AGPT/T231, Deformation resistance of asphalt mixtures by the wheel tracking test.

Austroads AGPT/T232, Stripping potential of asphalt – tensile strength ratio.

Austroads AGPT/T233, Fatigue life of compacted bituminous mixes subject to repeated flexural bending.

Austroads AGPT/T236, Asphalt particle loss.

Austroads AGPT/T274, Characterisation of flexural stiffness and fatigue performance of bituminous mixes.

BS EN 12697-48, Bituminous mixtures: test methods for hot mix asphalt: part 48: interlayer bonding.

MRWA WA 733.2, Bulk density and void content of asphalt: vacuum sealing method.

DTMR QLD Q306C, Compacted density of asphalt: silicone sealed.

VicRoads RC 201.01, Design of asphalt mixes: (Marshall method).

VicRoads RC 201.12, Design of asphalt mixes: (Gyratory Compaction method).

 

Binders

AS/NZS 2341.2, Methods of testing bitumen and related roadmaking products: determination of dynamic viscosity by vacuum capillary viscometer.

AS/NZS 2341.4, Methods of testing bitumen and related roadmaking products: determination of dynamic viscosity by rotational viscometer.

AS/NZS 2341.5, Methods of testing bitumen and related roadmaking products: determination of apparent viscosity by Shell sliding plate micro-viscometer.

AS 2341.8, Methods of testing bitumen and related roadmaking products: determination of matter insoluble in toluene.

AS/NZS 2341.10, Methods of testing bitumen and related roadmaking products: determination of the effect of heat and air on a moving film of bitumen (rolling thin film oven (RTFO) test).

AS 2341.12, Methods of testing bitumen and related roadmaking products: determination of penetration.

AS/NZS 2341.13, Methods of testing bitumen and related roadmaking products: long-term exposure to heat and air.

AS 2341.18, Methods of testing bituminous and related roadmaking products: determination of softening point (ring and ball method).

AS/NZS 2341.21, Methods of testing bitumen and related roadmaking products: sample preparation.

AGPT/T103, Pre-treatment and loss on heating of bitumen, multigrade and polymer modified binders (rolling thin film oven (RTFO) test)

AGPT/T108, Segregation of polymer modified binders.

AGPT/T111, Handling viscosity of polymer modified binders (Brookfield Thermosel).

AGPT/T121, Shear properties of polymer modified binders (ARRB Elastometer).

AGPT/T122, Torsional recovery of polymer modified binders.

AGPT/T124, Force ratio of polymer modified binders (ARRB Extensiometer).

AGPT/T125, Stress ratio of bituminous binders using the dynamic shear rheometer.

AGPT/T191, Extractions of bituminous binder from asphalt.

AGPT/T192, Characterisation of the viscosity of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) binder using the Dynamic Shear Rheometer (DSR).

AGPT/T194, Long-term ageing resistance of bitumen using the Pressure Ageing Vessel (PAV) and the Dynamic Shear Rheometer (DSR).

ASTM D5329, Standard test methods for sealants and fillers, hot-applied, for joints and cracks in asphalt pavements and Portland cement concrete pavement (Resilience).

ASTM D6521, Standard practice for accelerated aging of asphalt binder using a Pressurized Aging Vessel (PAV).

ASTM D7175, Standard test method for determining the rheological properties of asphalt binder using a Dynamic Shear Rheometer.

AASHTO R28, Standard practice for accelerated aging of asphalt binder using a Pressurized Aging Vessel (PAV).

AASHTO T350, Standard method of test for Multiple Stress Creep Recovery (MSCR) test of asphalt binder using a Dynamic Shear Rheometer (DSR).

BS EN-13399, Bitumen and bituminous binders: determination of storage stability of modified bitumen.

BS EN-13702, Bitumen and bituminous binders: determination of dynamic viscosity of modified bitumen by the cone and plate method.

BS EN 14769, Bitumen and bituminous binders: accelerated long-term ageing conditioning by a Pressure Ageing Vessel (PAV).

ARRB method 22, Iatroscan characterisation of saturates, aromatics, resins and asphaltenes (SARA) of bitumens.

Blending of PMB binders and preparation of crumb rubber modified binders

Morphology assessment of PMB binders by UV microscope

 

Pavement

Aggregates / Soil / Stabilised materials:

AS 1141.4, Methods for sampling and testing aggregates: bulk density of aggregate.

AS 1141.5, Methods for sampling and testing aggregates: particle density and water absorption of fine aggregate.

AS 1141.6.1, Methods for sampling and testing aggregates: particle density and water absorption of coarse aggregate: weighing-in-water method.

AS 1141.6.2, Methods for sampling and testing of aggregates: particle density and water absorption of coarse aggregate: Pycnometer method.

AS/NZS 1141.7, Methods for sampling and testing aggregates: apparent particle density of filler.

AS 1141.11.1, Methods for sampling and testing aggregates: particle size distribution: sieving method.

AS 1141.12, Methods for sampling and testing aggregates: materials finer than 75μm in aggregates (by washing).

AS/NZS 1141.17, Methods for sampling and testing aggregates: voids in dry compacted filler.

AS 1141.40, Methods for sampling and testing aggregates: polished aggregate friction value: vertical road-wheel machine.

AS 1289.3.1.2, Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes: soil classification tests: determination of the liquid limit of a soil: one point Casagrande method (subsidiary method).

AS 1289.3.2.1, Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes: soil classification tests: determination of the plastic limit of a soil: standard method.

AS 1289.3.3.1, Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes: soil classification tests: calculation of the plasticity index of a soil.

AS 1289.3.5.1, Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes: soil classification tests: determination of the soil particle density of a soil: standard method.

AS 1289.5.1.1, Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes: soil compaction and density tests: determination of the dry density/moisture content relation of a soil using standard compactive effort.

AS 1289.5.2.1, Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes: soil compaction and density tests: determination of the dry density/moisture content relation of a soil using modified compactive effort.

AS 1289.5.4.1, Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes: soil compaction and density tests: compaction control test: dry density ratio, moisture variation and moisture ratio.

AS 5101.4, Methods for preparation and testing of stabilized materials: unconfined compressive strength of compacted materials.

AGPT/T053, Determination of permanent deformation and resilient modulus characteristics of unbound granular materials under drained conditions.

AGPT/T054, Determination of permanent deformation characteristics of unbound granular materials by the wheel-tracking test.

AGPT/T301, Determining the foaming characteristics of bitumen.

AGPT/T302, Mixing of foamed bitumen stabilised materials.

AGPT/T303, Compaction of test cylinders of foamed bitumen stabilised materials: part 1:  dynamic compaction using Marshall Drop Hammer.

AGPT/T305, Resilient modulus of foamed bitumen stabilised materials.

Four point bending (flexural strength, flexural modulus & flexural fatigue) of bound, unbound and foamed materials.

 

Field testing new & existing surfaces

AS/NZS 4586, Slip resistance classification of new pedestrian surface material.

AS 4663, Slip resistance measurement of existing pedestrian surfaces.

AGPT/T250, Modified surface texture depth (Pestle method).

 

Calibration of portable skid resistance testers:

BS 7976-3, Pendulum testers: method of calibration.

ARRB Procedure ATM No 6: Detailed procedures for calibration of the British portable skid resistance tester.

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