Facilities

One of the strengths of university-government-private sector collaboration is the opportunity to share costly instrumentation. The CIGMAT researchers have access to unique equipment not generally available for work in the area of grouts and grout applications. Some examples of state-of-the-art instrumentation and specialized testing capabilities are given below. Other instrumentation at UH may, by special arrangement, be available through CIGMAT.

Working Properties
  • Brookfield Viscometer, Rheometers
  • Setting time devices
Microstructure Characterization
  • Optical Microscopes (polarizing and binocular)
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • Electron Probe Microanalyzer (EPMA)
  • X-ray Diffractometer (XRD)
  • Particle Size Analyzers
  • 2 -D Porous Glass Micromodels
Chemical Analysis
  • Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectroscopy (GC/MS)
  • Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer
  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP)
  • U-V Visible, Florescence, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometers
  • Total Organic Carbon (TOC)
Mechanical, Permeability and Bonding Tests
  • Dynamic Axial-Torsional Testing Machine (computer controlled)
  • Rigid-wall and Flexible-wall Permeameters
  • Bonding Tension and Shear Testing Devices
  • Triaxial Cells for specimens up to 6 inch diameter, 10,000 psi confining pressure; 5000 psi pore pressure
  • Biaxial Permeameters with Intermediate Pressure Tapes
Leaching Tests
  • Toxic Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP)
  • ANS 16.1 Test
Nondestructive Tests
  • Impulse Echo Method
  • Resistivity
  • Acoustical p- and s- wave velocities
  • CT Scanner
  • Holographic Interferometry
Biological Tests
  • Tests for Bacterial Attack
  • Bacterial Identification
Computer/Imaging Facilities
  • Several PC (486 and Pentium) and Power-Macintosh
  • Scanner, Image analysis
  • Personal Iris Workstation
  • Time lapse video cameras
  • Mainframe
Special Facilities
  • Triaxial Test Chamber (33 in. diameter and 100 in. height)
  • Long Test Bed (23 ft. length X 2 ft width X 4 ft height)
  • Biaxial Concrete Panel Testing?? Machine
  • Power Auger, Pressure Transducers and Data Logger, Electronic Water Level Indicator
  • Field Test Site (NSF Site)
Coatings/Linings Tests
  • Full Scale - Hydrostatic Tests (6 test chambers)
  • Chemical resistance - Holiday Test
  • Bonding Test