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Materials testing

The James Fisher Testing Services' laboratories are suitable for a range of materials testing including soils, aggregate, bituminous, concrete, and also specialist chemical testing for contaminants in both soils and concrete.

We have a wealth of experience in providing materials testing services for major construction and infrastructure projects.

We operate fully equipped, UKAS accredited, materials testing laboratories throughout the UK and Ireland. For larger projects we can provide satellite pop-up laboratories through our flexible UKAS scope of accreditation, enabling faster analysis for a more cost-effective materials testing solution.

Our materials testing solutions include:

Test Regulatory standard
Aggregate crushing value BS 812: Part 110
Aggregate abrasion value BS EN 1097-8 : 2009
AIV - dry N/A
AIV - soaked N/A
Constituent materials BS EN 933-11
Determination of percentage of crushed and broken surfaces EN 933-5
Dry density (OWC) EN 13286-4
Drying shrinkage BS EN 1367-8 : 2008
Effective angle of friction 300 mm shear box BS 1377: Part 7 Cl636
Effective angle of friction 300 mm shear box BS 1377: Part 7 Cl639 (straps)
Flakiness index BS 812: Part 105 Section 105.1
Frost susceptability  B S812: Part 124
Horizontal permeability HA/41/90 (inc OMC & PSD)
Loose density BS EN 1097-3
Los Angeles coefficient  BS EN 1097-2
Los Angeles coefficient of railway ballast  BS EN 1097-2 and BS EN 13450
Magnesium sulphate soundness  BS 812: Part 121 (EN 1367-2)
Methylene blue value BS EN 933-9 : 2009
Micro deval BS EN 1097-1
Micro deval BS EN 1097-1 Annex A (Ballast)
Moisture content - oven drying method BS 812: Part 109
Particle density and water absorption EN 1097-6
Particle size distribution - washing and dry sieving  BS EN 933-1
PSV EN 1097-8
Sand equivalent EN 933-8
Shape index EN 933-4
Shell content EN 933-7
Ten percent fines - dry BS 6100 Subsection 2.2.1
Ten percent fines - soaked EN 1097-5

Test Regulatory standard
Core log / photo EN 12697-36
Determination of bulk density - Procedure A: Dry BS EN 12697-6
Determination of bulk density - Procedure B: SSD BS EN 12697-6
Determination of bulk density Procedure C: Sealed specimen  BS EN 12697-6
Laboratory compaction by vibrationary compactor  BS EN 12697-32
Maximum density - Volumetric BS EN 12697-5
Percentage refusal density BS EN 12697-9 / BS EN 12697-32
Soluble binder content and PSD - bottle and filter BS EN 12697-1
Soluble binder content  BS 598-102
Washing and drying sieving  BS EN 933-1 / BS EN 12697-2: 2002

Test Regulatory standard
ASR identification N/A
Carbonation of concrete N/A
Cement content BS 1881: Part 124
Cement content of concrete N/A
Chloride ion content by potentiometric method BS 1881: Part 124
Chloride ion content of concrete and soils N/A
Contamination testing of soils N/A
Soil PH N/A
Sulphate content N/A
Water soluable chlorides N/A

Test Regulatory standard
Block compressive strength (set of six) BS EN 772-1 : 2011
Block flatness  BS EN 772-20 : 2000
Block moisture movement  BS EN 772-14 : 2002
Block net and gross density  BS EN 772-13 : 2000
Block net dimensions  BS EN 772-16 : 2011
Block thermal properties  EN 1745
Block water absorption by capilliary action  BS EN 772-11 : 2011
Compressive strength of cores  BS EN 12504-1
Compressive strength of cubes  BS EN 12390-3
Cut cube from beam  N/A
De-moulding (ploystyrene moulds) N/A
De-moulding (steel moulds) N/A 
Density of hardened concrete BS EN 12390-7
Depth of carbonation BS 1881: Part 201
Depth of penetration of water BS EN 12390-8
Fibre content of reinforced concrete  N/A
Flexural and shear strength on lintels  BS 846-9 : 2000
Flexural strength according to British Standard  BS EN 14651
Flexural strength, beams according to British Standard  BS EN 12390-5
Grinding of cubes or cores N/A
Mortar cubes  BS 4551
Mortar flexural and compressive strength   EN1015-11
Tensile splitting strength    BS EN 12390-6
Trim a beam  N/A 

Aggregate and soils sampling

California bearing ratio tests  

Concrete sampling and testing  

Contamination land assessment  

Diamond coring  

Nuclear density  

Plate bearing tests

Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD)

Rolling straight edge

Test Regulatory standard
Calibration box BS 1377: Part 9
CBR soak and swells (0 - 7 days) N/A
CBR soak and swells (8 - 28 days) N/A
Chalk crushing value  BS 1377: Part 4
Compacting material for CBR testing BS 1377: Part 4
Density by immersion in water BS 1377: Part 2
Dry density / optimum moisture content - 2.5 kg rammer BS 1377: Part 4
Dry density / optimum moisture content - 4.5 kg rammer BS 1377: Part 4
Laboratory California Bearing Ratio (CBR) - in soaking BS 1377: Part 4
Laboratory California Bearing Ratio (CBR) - top BS 1377: Part 4
Laboratory California Bearing Ratio (CBR) - top and bottom BS 1377: Part 4
Liquid limit - cone penetrometer BS 1377: Part 2
MCV/MC relationship BS 1377: Part 4
Moisture condition value BS 1377: Part 4
Moisture content - oven drying method BS 1377; Part 2
Particle density and water absorbtion BS 1377-2

Particle size distribution - washing and dry sieving

BS 1377: Part 2
Plastic limit BS 1377: Part 2
Plasticity index - 4 point LL BS 1377: Part 2
Plasticity index - single point LL BS 1377: Part 2
Remoulding sample for testing N/A
Saturated moisture content of chalk BS 1377: Part 2
Sedimentation hydrometer method BS 1377: Part 2
Shear strength (hand vane) BS 1377: Part 7
Unconfirmed compressive strength BS 1377: Part 7
Undrained shear strength - triaxial BS 1377: Part 7

Polished stone value
Large scale shear box (SB 2010)
Elastic modulus of concrete
Static modulus of concrete
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