Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) is considered a major construction material that is used in almost every civil engineering structure.
The design of a PCC mix depends on factors such as function of the structure, exposure of the concrete to the environment, and the type and mode of loads expected for the structure. The design engineer takes into consideration all of these factors in proportioning the concrete mix.
In the Concrete Lab located in BEL 132, students practice the concrete design process from the design stage to the full fabrication and testing of samples.
Students start by testing and analyzing the aggregates, then they design the required mix in accordance to specific standards. Upon determining the proper proportions of the mix, it is then prepared in the lab. Fabricated samples are cured in a humid control room, and at the end of the curing process, they are tested in order to determine the mechanical properties of the concrete mix.
Testing is generally performed in the Mechanical Testing Lab