Kiewit Infrastructure and Transportation Institute: Research Equipment

Use: An isothermal calorimeter is commonly used to determine the heat released from the cement hydration. A small cement paste/mortar sample is poured in a glass ampoule and then placed in the calorimeter. The heat released is compared to that released from an inert sample. This technique allows for the assessment of the extent of cement reaction with water, and therefore permits to evaluate the effect that other cementitious materials and admixtures have on the cement reaction.


  • Calorimeter positions: 3
  • Operating temperature range: 5oC to 90oC
  • Thermostat type: Air
  • Thermostat stability: +/- 0.02oC
  • Maximum sample size: 125 mL
  •  Limit of detection: 8 uW
  • Precision: +/- 40 uW  

Use: Used to determine how much free water, calcium hydroxide, calcium carbonate, bound water are present. A small sample is heated up and changes in weight as a function of temperature monitored (M vs. T). From this, things such as degree of hydration, pozzolanic reaction, and carbonation can be analyzed.


  • Maximum Sample Weight 1 g
  • Weighing Precision +/- 0.01%
  • Sensitivity 0.1 µg
  • Baseline Dynamic Drift* < 50 µg
  • Furnace Heating Resistance Wound
  • Temperature Range Ambient to 1 000°C
  • Isothermal Temp Accuracy +/- 1°C
  • Isothermal Temp Precision +/- 0.1°C
  • Controlled Heating Rate 0.1 to 100°C/min

Use: Q5000SA uses DVS (Dynamic Vapor Sorption) technique for sorption analysis of materials under controlled temperature and RH (Relative Humidity). Isotherm experiments are the most commonly performed.


  • Auto-sampler positions: 10
  • Operating temperature range: 5oC to 85oC
  • Isothermal Stability: +/- 0.01oC
  • RH Control Range: from 0% to 98%
  • Accuracy: +/- 1% RH
  • Weight Range: 0.1 g (nom)
  • Weighing Accuracy:  +/- 0.1%
  • Sensitivity: < 0.1 μg

Use: This instrument uses DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry) thermoanalytical technique to calculate the amount of heat needed to change the temperature of the sample. This can give us information about physical phase transitions happening inside the sample at different temperatures.




  • Temperature range: Ambient to 725 oC
  • Temperature Accuracy: +/- 1oC
  • Calorimetric precision: +/- 0.1%
  • Baseline Reproducibility: < 0.04 mW
  • Sensitivity: 1.0 μW
  • Liquid Nitrogen Cooling System

Use: Titration testing of chloride concentration in concrete, mortar, and brine solutions.


  • Number of burette drives 1 internal +3 external (optional, for dosing only)
  • End point titration very suitable
  • EQP titration very suitable
  • Redox-, volta-, complexom., non-aqueous, photom. titration very suitable
  • KF Titration suitable pH-stat very suitable
  • Sample changer option Rondolino, Rondo
  • Automatic burette recognition yes
  • Sensor boards max.1
  • Series sequences no
  • Plug&Play Sensors yes
  • Material Number(s) 51109002

Use: The Reference 3000 is a high-current, high-performance potentiostat well suited for researchers studying batteries, fuel cells or supercapacitors.  It is also well suited for general physical electrochemistry experiments requiring high voltages and high currents. For very high current applications, the Reference 3000 can be interfaced with our Reference 30K Booster.


  • Cell Connections: 2, 3, 4, 5 or 21+
  • Maximum Current: ± 3 A or ± 1.5 A @ 32V
  • Current Ranges:          11 (300 pA – 3 A)
  • Minimum Current Resolution: 92 aA
  • Maximum Applied Potential: ± 32 V
  • Rise Time: < 250 ns
  • Minimum Time Base: 3.333 μs
  • Noise and Ripple (typical):< 2 μV rms

Use: The ECM8™ Electrochemical Multiplexer is an affordable way to expand the throughput of your lab. Experiments can be sequentially multiplexed on up to 8 channels. The ECM8™ is ideal for corrosion inhibitor testing, EIS evaluation of paints/coatings, monitoring of field probes for corrosion tests, and chemical sensor development.


  • Channel switching: <4 ms
  • Cell current: 1 A max
  • Input voltage: +/- 12 V
  • Counter electrode voltage: +/- 120 V
  • Operating temp: 0-45 C

Use: Cyclic corrosion testing provides the best possible laboratory simulation of natural atmospheric corrosion. Research indicates that test results are similar to outdoors in resulting structure, morphology, and relative corrosion rates.

Use: Vallen AMSY-6 is a fully digital multi-channel AE-measurement system. It consists of parallel measurement channels and the system front end software which runs on an external PC. A measurement channel consists of an AE-sensor, preamplifier and one channel of an ASIP-2 (dual channel acoustic signal processor). Each channel combines an analogue measurement section and a digital signal processing unit. AE-features, such as time of the first threshold crossing (arrival time), risetime, duration, peak amplitude, energy and counts, are extracted by the ASIP-2. In parallel to the feature extraction, the complete waveform can be recorded to an optional transient recorder module.

Use: Two benchtop cold plates used to cool samples


  • Temperature Range: -50 °C to 90 °C

Use: Measures the electrical resistivity of concrete. This information can be used to determine if corrosion is occurring as well the rate of corrosion. Resistivity measurements can also be correlated to transport properties of concrete. This model can be used to measure surface resistivity and bulk resistivity of a 4” x 8” sample.


  • Battery operated
  • Resolution (@ 200µA): ±0.2 kΩcm or ±1%
  • Resolution (@50µA): ±0.3 kΩcm or ±2%
  • Resolution (<50µA): ±2 kΩcm or ±5%
  • Frequency: 40 Hz

Use: Measures the electrical resistivity of concrete. This information can be used to determine if corrosion is occurring as well the rate of corrosion. Resistivity measurements can also be correlated to transport properties of concrete. This model can be used to take bulk resistivity measurements of 4” x 8” or 6” x 12” samples.


  • Continuous Measurement
  • AC measurement
  • Phase detection (0-180 degree)
  • Wide range of measurement frequencies (1Hz to 30kHz)

Use: Cement pastes can be mixed under vacuum to reduce entrapped air.


  • Programmable
  • High torque motor
  • Vacuum regulated from 70% to 100%

Use: Ability to heat samples to very high temperature for the purpose of drying and decomposition of powders.


  • Capacity (Metric) 5.3L
  • Dimensions (D x W x H) Interior 9 x 6 x 6 in.
  • Temperature Range (Metric) 100° to 1100°C

Use: This instrument is used as a more accurate procedure with respect to the paper towel method for the removal of surface moisture on fine aggregates.


  • Timer Incorporated
  • Explosion-Proof Motor: 115V 60Hz

Use: Extraction of pore solution from concrete, mortar and paste.

Use: Rotronic’s Hygroclips 2 are used to monitor the change in RH in mortar and paste samples through time. The chambers allow thermal insulation from external environment. They keep the samples ar constant temperature through water circulation. HygroFlex series 5 readers decode the output signals of the probes and transfer them to the data acquisition system.


  • RH Accuracy: ±0.8 % 
  • Temperature Accuracy: ±0.1 K, at 23 °C ±5 K
  • Range of T Application: from-50 to 100 °C
  • Range of RH Application: from 0 to 100 %

Use: The Chemical Shrinkage Test Set uses a set of up to 12 pipettes to monitor the water consumption of the respective paste samples. Temperature is kept constant at 23°C throughout the whole experiment as the sample vessels are immersed in the waterbath below. Water consumption is monitored through a webcam pointing to the pipettes set.


  • Up to 12 samples per test
  • Constant temperature
  • High accuracy
  • Allows creation of CS curves in function of time

Use: The corrugate tube test is used to measure Autogenous Shrinkage in early age of the sample. Depending on the dimension of the tube we can either test concrete, mortars or paste samples.


  • Temperature controlled
  • Uses Data Acquisition System
  • Different dimensions available

Use: Dual rings are used to monitor the inner and the outer strains in either concrete or mortar samples. Strain can be directly correlated to internal stress formation.


  • Thermally insulated
  • Constant Temperature guaranteed through water circulation
  • Uses Data Acquisition System

Use: Cuts cylindrical concrete and asphalt specimens (6” diameter max).

Use: The Barranca diamond slab saw offers 16” to 20” blade capacity. They are engineered for accurate, smooth cuts of rock, minerals and glass. Equipped with 1-1/2 HP continuous duty commercial grade motor with thermal overload protection and manual reset, fully sealed drive shaft bearing housing, hard chrome plated carriage rails for smooth operation and extended life, variable feed rate.


  • Motor: 1-1/2 HP Baldor
  • Voltage: 120V/60Hz
  • Motor RPM: 1725
  • Blade RPM: 700
  • Blade Capacity: 16” – 20”
  • Depth of Cut: 7-1/2”
  • Oil Capacity: 9-1/4 gal.

  • Crush aggregate up to 1”
  • Pulverize aggregate up to 1/4”  

  • ASTM standard sieve shaker
  • Sieve trays from 1.5” to No. 200

Use: Grinding concrete specimen end planes. Suitable for chloride profiling as specified by ASTM C1556.


  • Lapidary for grinding cylinders and cubes.
  • Equipped with vacuuming system to collect more powder.
  • Custom made clamps to accommodate different specimen sizes.
  • Cut Precision: Plane and Parallel to within 0.002" (.0.5 mm).
  • Equipped with three wheels to control the motion of the clamp in three axis.
  • Cutting Feed: Manual
  • Cutting Head: Diamond wheel.
  • Cutting Speed: 60 to 90 seconds per end.

Grinds 3” diameter concrete specimens (finer than #20 sieve) to obtain background chloride, chloride profile, and diffusivity.


  • 10” X 26” Benchtop Lathe
  • 1 HP Motor, 110 V, Single Phase
  • 6.5” Cross Slide Travel
  • 22.5” Carriage Travel

Use:Grinding circular concrete (up to 6” diameter) specimens with core drill bit, produces very fine powder (less than #50 sieve). Grinding concrete close to rebar and/or along rebar channels for G109 specimens or any rectangular specimens embedded with reinforcement. Can move vertically and horizontally with controlled precision


  • 120 volts, 60 Hz, 15 A, 3.25 HP
  • No Load Speed 8000 to 21000 rpm

The Forney flexural testing frame tests beams with either center point or third point loading. It can be used to test many other low-strength specimens using the FORNEY Easy-Change Accessory System. A maximum of 10,000 lbf can be generated.

The LACO technologies vacuum system is capable of reaching vacuum levels as low as 6 torr, with a vacuum chamber of nearly 75 l. The computer controlled system can maintain vacuum levels within 3 torr for a range of set points from 6 torr up to atmospheric pressure. The system can be used for saturation and porosity determination for porous materials, as well as ensuring complete saturation for a wide variety of other transport and durability tests.

  • Records data at variable time increments
  • Measures wind speed
  • Measures wind direction
  • Measure air temperature
  • Measures relative humidity
  • Measure barometric pressure
  • Measures rainfall

  • Detachable roof
  • Internal Dimensions: 30’x13’x9’
  • Can program to run custom freezing and thawing times.
  • 3 refrigerator cooling units
  • Capable of 2 freezing and thawing cycles of full sized specimens

  • ASTM C666
  • 18 samples capacity
  • Dynamic modulus tester

  • Custom built, unique in U.S.
  • -30 C to + 40 C
  • 10 - 95% Relative Humidity
  • water misting system
  • UV Light degradation: 400-1200 W/square meter
  • Customizable space (single chamber size: 8’x8’x8’)

  • Temperature set to 38 C for accelerated curing
  • 8’x8’x8’ in size, shelves inside
  • No humidity control
  • 10” comparator in the mixing room

  • Temperature set to 50 C
  • Humidity control
  • 8’x8’x8’ in size, shelves inside  

  • Produce densified wood for enhanced mechanical property
  • Wood sample pressed in the steam chamber   

  • High-shear mixing action
  • Mixing speed adjustable
  • Can track mixing energy
  • Best mixing size 2 – 3 ft3  

  • Custom built
  • Measure early-age autogenous deformation
  • Temperature controlled
  • Sample size 2”x2”x7”
  • Can test paste and mortar samples   

Use: Determination of residue and oil distillate in emulsified asphalts composed principally of a semisolid or liquid asphaltic base, water, and emulsifying agent (ASTM D6997)

Use: Determination of the penetration of semi-solid and solid bituminous materials (ASTM D5)

Use: Determine the softening point of bitumen in the range of 30-157 C using the ring and ball apparatus immersed din distilled water (ASTM D36)


  • Shouldered brass ring
  • Hardened steel ball
  • Ball centering guide
  • Brass set-up fixture
  • Stopper
  • Thermometer
  • 800 mL beaker

Use: It is used to characterize the viscous and elastic behavior of asphalt binders at medium to high temperatures 


  • Temperature Range: +5°C to +85°C
  • Stability: +/- 0.1°C

Use: To determine the viscosity of asphalt binders at different temperatures


  • Temperature range: 15 -300 °C
  • Resolution: 0.1 °C

Use: To mix aggregates and asphalt binder at the specified temperature to prepare Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA)

Use: It is used to compact prepared Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) specimens at a constant consolidation pressure, as a constant angle of gyration, and at a fixed speed of gyration. 


  • Consolidation pressure: 200 kPa – 1000 kPa
  • angle of gyrations: 0.50-2.00 +/- 0.02 degrees (manually adjustable )
  • speed of gyration: 30 +/- 1/2 rpm
  • Number of gyrations: 0-999
  • Data Acquisition: specimen height recorded once per gyration
  • Mode of operation
  • Compact to number of gyrations
  • Compact to specified height
  • Built-in universal extruder
  • Fully automatic and manual controls

Use: It is the method of laboratory specimen compaction that results in slabs of asphaltic paving materials with properties that mostly simulate those of materials in the highways.


  • Maximum Roller Load: 30kN over 305 mm roll width 
  • Speed: Variable up to 10 cycles per minute 
  • Slab Thickness: 40-135mm
  • Dimension (WxDxH): 600 x 1450 x 1900mm

Use: used to take asphalt core samples from pavement

Use: used to cut asphalt samples


  • Miter angle : 60° L and R
  • Bevel angle: 0° to 45° L 
  • Blade size: 10” (254 mm)
  • RPM, no load: 3850
  • Max cut depth: 0° Bevel – 3-1/8” (79mm)
  • Max cut depth: 45° Bevel = 2-1/4” (57mm)

Use: Multi-use, multi-speed machine that provides a dedicated setting for Marshall testing in addition to its ability to provide variable speeds of operation between 0.008 and 2.000 inches/minute for doing the multitude of tests required by today's labs.


  • Platen Travel: 76mm Max.
  • Load Capacity: 11000 lbf (50kN)
  • Horizontal Clearance: 11 inch (279mm)
  • Speed Range: 0-199 inch/mm (0-50.5 mm/min)

Use: Fixture is used in a Marshall Test Load Frame to measure shear strength of tack coat material between two asphalt layers. The heavy steel frame holds a fixed and a moveable shear plate. The moveable plate is centered over the shear plane, and features roller bearings to minimize drag. Lateral load on the specimen is controlled by a calibrated spring, and a dial indicator displays force. The shear plane gap is 0.5 inches (12.5mm), and maximum shear travel is also 0.5 inches (12.5 mm). Adapters are included for testing either 4in (102mm) or 6in (152mm) diameter cores.

Use: This test method covers the determination of the tack coat spray application quality as measured by the tensile strength of tack coat materials on free surface of asphalt concrete in the field or laboratory.


  • Loading rate : 0.008 in/sec
  • Loads up to 446 N +-/ 1% can be measured

Use: Servo-hydraulic testing machine used for: 

  • Dynamic modulus and flow number
  • Indirect Tension  (IDT) test
  • Semi-Circular Bend (SCB) test
  • Direct Tension (DT) test
  • Compressive strength test  


  • +/- 30kN load capacity
  • Up to 70 Hz frequency
  • +/- 25mm stroke
  • 50mm In-built Displacement Transducer 

Environmental Chamber Specs:

  • -50˚C to +80˚C Range
  • +/-0.2˚C temperature accuracy