Product Testing

Nelson Testing Laboratories supports construction material manufacturers and suppliers by evaluating and confirming product performance through independent testing standards. Hundreds of different test methods from ASTM, AASHTO, Army Corps of Engineers (CRD), individual state departments of transportation and other testing-related entities are performed by Nelson Testing Laboratories each year. Below is a list of product types we currently test along with an abbreviated list of related specifications and test methods.


Repair Mortars

Specifications

  • ASTM C928 (rapid setting repair mortars)
  • ACI 364.3R-09
  • ICRI 320.3 Datasheet Protocol

Test Methods

  • ASTM C109 (compressive strength)
  • ASTM C157 (length change)
  • ASTM C267 (chemical resistance)
  • ASTM C348 (flexural strength)
  • ASTM C413 (absorption)
  • ASTM C672 (salt scaling)
  • ASTM C666 Procedure A and Procedure B (freeze-thaw resistance)
  • ASTM C779 (abrasion resistance)
  • ASTM C882 (slant shear bond)
  • ASTM C1012 (sulfate resistance)
  • ASTM C1138 (abrasion resistance)
  • ASTM C1152 (acid-soluble chloride)
  • ASTM C1202 (rapid chloride permeability)
  • ASTM C1581 (ring test)
  • ASTM C1583 (direct tensile strength)

Epoxies

Specification

  • ASTM C881 (epoxies)

Test Methods

  • ASTM C882 (slant shear bond)
  • ASTM C884 (thermal compatibility)
  • ASTM D93 (flash point)
  • ASTM D570 (absorption)
  • ASTM D638 (tensile and elongation)
  • ASTM D648 (heat deflection)
  • ASTM D695 (compressive yield and modulus strength)
  • ASTM D1084 (viscosity)
  • ASTM D2566 (linear coefficient of shrinkage)

Cementitious Grouts

Specification

  • ASTM C1107 (cementitious grouts)

Test Methods

  • ASTM C109 (compressive strength)
  • ASTM C185 (density and yield)
  • ASTM C827 (early-age height change)
  • ASTM C939 (flow)
  • ASTM C1090 (hardened height change)
  • ASTM C1437 (consistency)

Post-Tensioning Grouts

Specification

  • PTI Specification M55.1-12 (post-tensioning grouts)

Test Methods

  • ASTM C939 (flow)
  • ASTM C940 (expansion)
  • ASTM C942 (compressive strength)
  • ASTM C953 (set time)
  • ASTM C1152 (acid-soluble chloride)
  • ASTM C1202 (rapid chloride permeability)
  • ASTM C1741, (schupack test)
  • EN 445 (inclined tube test)
  • PTI Accelerated Corrosion Test

Epoxy Grouts

Test Methods

  • ASTM C267 (chemical resistance)
  • ASTM C307 (tensile strength)
  • ASTM C531 (linear shrinkage and coefficient of thermal expansion)
  • ASTM C579 (compressive strength)
  • ASTM C580 (flexural strength and modulus of elasticity)
  • ASTM C1181 (creep)
  • ASTM C1339 (effective bearing area)
  • ASTM D93 (flash point)

Exterior Coatings

Test Methods

  • ASTM D412 (tensile strength and elongation)
  • ASTM D1653 (water vapor transmission)
  • ASTM D4541 (pull off test)
  • ASTM D7234 (pull off test on concrete)
  • ASTM E96 (water vapor transmission)
  • ASTM G154 (accelerated weathering - uv)
  • ASTM G155 (accelerated weathering - xenon arc)

Concrete Curing Compounds

Specifications

  • ASTM C309 (curing compounds)
  • ASTM C1315 (curing compounds)

Test Methods

  • ASTM C156 (water retention)
  • ASTM D1308 (spot test)
  • ASTM D1309 (settling)
  • ASTM D2369 (non-volatile content)
  • ASTM D4541 (pull off test)
  • ASTM G154 (accelerated weathering - uv)

Water Repellents

Specifications

  • NCHRP Series II and IV (water repellents)

Test Methods

  • ASTM C672 (salt scaling)
  • ASTM D1653 (water vapor permeability)
  • ASTM E96 (water vapor permeability)
  • ASTM E514 (water penetration testing)

Joint Sealants

Specifications

  • ASTM C920 (elastomeric joint sealants)
  • ASTM C1184 (structural silicone sealants)

Test Methods

  • ASTM C510 (staining)
  • ASTM C639 (flow)
  • ASTM C661 (hardness)
  • ASTM C679 (tack free time)
  • ASTM C719 (adhesion and cohesion)
  • ASTM C793 (weathering)
  • ASTM C794 (adhesion-in-peel)
  • ASTM C1183 (extrusion rate)
  • ASTM C1246 (heat aging)

Waterproofing Materials

Specifications

  • ASTM C836 (elastomeric waterproofing membrane)

Test Methods

  • ASTM D5385 (hydrostatic pressure testing)
  • CRD-C 48 (water penetration testing)
  • DIN 1048 (water penetration testing)

Waterproofing Membranes (Traffic Bearing)

Specification

  • ASTM C 957 (waterproofing membranes)

Test Methods

  • ASTM C 1305 (crack bridging)
  • ASTM C 794 (peel adhesion)
  • ASTM C 501 (abrasion resistance)
  • ASTM D 93 (flash point)