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Housing and Construction

Concrete Hollow Block Test

  • Determines the material's structural reliability and if it can withstand load requirements set by construction firms.
  • Based on ASTM C140 -12 (Standard Test Methods for Sampling and Testing Concrete Masonry Units and Related Units).

Concrete Cylinder Test

  •  Analyzes the compressive strength of concrete cylinder to determine whether or not it can withstand specific forces or loads; concrete cylinder samples must be 6 inches in diameter and should be brought to the laboratory, labelled with specific curing time and then compressed.
  • Based on ASTM C873-04 (Standard Test Method for Compressive Strength of Concrete Cylinders Cast in Place in Cylindrical Molds).

Full-Size Beam Bending Test

  • Involves testing the beam’s bending strength and elasticity.
  • Uses a state-of-the-art data acquisition system with real-time load-deflection graph for instantaneous data analysis.
  • Based on ASTM D198 (Standard Methods of Static Tests of Lumber in Structural Sizes).

Lumber Tests

  • Assess the physical and mechanical properties of wood and non-wood forest products such as moisture content, relative density, shrinkage, water absorption, thickness swelling, static bending, compression parallel, compression perpendicular, shear, toughness and hardness.
  • Based on ASTM D143 (Standard Test Methods for Small Clear Specimens of Timber) and ASTM D1037 (Standard Test Methods for Evaluating Properties of Wood-Based Fiber and Particle Panel Materials).

Machine or Stress Grading of Lumber

  • Is a non-destructive evaluation of the bending strength properties of lumber using a timber stress grading machine; tests based on full-size samples for higher reliability.
  • Does away with wood species identification as engineers can rely solely on the lumber’s stress grade for structural purposes; stress-graded lumber marked to ensure traceability and to ascertain the quality of lumber in the market.

Pre-fabricated Wall Testing

  • Is the country’s first and only state-of-the-art wall testing facility that can accommodate full-size wall systems up to 1.2 meters wide x 2.4 meters long.
  • Can capture ‘real-time’ load deflection graphs for instantaneous data analysis using computer-aided data acquisition system.
  • Can also measure the comprehensive and shear strength of pre-fabricated walls, preferably timber-framed wall systems.
  • Based on the following test standards:
    • ASTM E72 (Standard Test Methods of Conducting Strength Tests of Panels for Building Construction)
    • ASTM E72 (Standard Practice for Static Load Test for Shear Resistance of Framed Walls for Buildings