Concrete Testing

CONCRETE TESTINGConcrete was the first service to be offered by ACS Testing back in 1987, since then we have increased our scope to cover a wide range of UKAS Accredited testing on fresh and hardened concrete, both on site and in our laboratories. ACS offer the most commonly requested tests for physical and mechanical properties as well as bespoke testing as per our client’s requirements. Our experienced team would be happy to discuss any concrete testing projects you may need assistance with.

ACS Testing provide highly skilled technicians who all hold current CSCS cards and are comprehensively trained in the safety aspects of the work they carry out in accordance with appropriate method statements and risk assessments.

Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world, composed of Portland cement and other cementitious materials such as fly ash and slag cements, crushed rock or gravel, sand and water. Chemical admixtures and other materials are often added to the mix to enhance the performance characteristics. It is commonly reinforced with steel rods (rebar) or wire screening (mesh).

Due to a constant increase in our Concrete testing demand, ACS Group of Companies recently expanded by acquiring and creating a purpose built Concrete Laboratory next to our current Main Testing Laboratory. This is fully equipped with a number of compressive strength machines, concrete grinding apparatus, purpose built curing tanks with heat exchangers to maintain the required curing temperatures, overhead gantry crane for handling large numbers of test specimens and specific database with printing facilities direct onto hardened concrete test samples.

Test Method What it shows
Sampling Fresh Concrete BS EN 12350-1 To ensure a representative sample of the fresh concrete is obtained
Determination of Slump BS EN 12350-2 To check the consistence of the concrete meets the clients specification
Determination of Air Content BS EN 12350-7 Where air-entrained concrete is specified its air content must be checked
Temperature of Fresh Concrete Documented In-House Method To confirm the temperature of concrete meets any minimum or maximum specification requirements
Compressive Strength of Concrete Cubes – including curing BS EN 12390-3

BS EN 12390-2

Determines the strength of hardened concrete cubes (100-150mm). Commonly tested at 7 and 28 days after casting.
Flexural Strength BS EN 12390-5 Prismatic specimens subjected to a bending moment.
Density BS EN 12390-7 To determine the density (as-received, water saturated or oven-dried) of concrete
Compressive Strength of Concrete Cores BS EN 12504-1 Determines the strength of hardened concrete in existing structures.
     
Cement Content BS 1881-124 Determines the Cement content of hardened concrete.
Hi-Alumina Cement (HAC) BRE Rapid Determines the presence of HAC within the concrete.
Chloride Content BS 1881-124 Determines the Chloride content of hardened concrete.
Concrete Trial Mixes Documented In-House Method Full trial mixes for determination of strength and fresh concrete properties

ACS Group of Companies offer a professional weekly collection service covering the South of England. See below for our coverage range;

If you require a collection that is outside of our usual range, please feel free to call us on 01202 622868 and we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.

Please see below for a list of the services provided by ACS;

  • On-Site Testing Services

    ACS Testing offer a comprehensive range of professional On-Site Testing, all carried out by our fully trained Site Technicians

  • Aggregates & Soils Testing

    From our main Laboratory in Poole, Dorset, ACS Group of Companies provide quality testing and material consultancy for the construction and civil engineering industry.

  • Bituminous Testing

    Bituminous road surfacing materials are produced by mixing mineral aggregate with a bitumen binder in predetermined quantities and within defined temperature ranges.

  • Concrete Testing

    Concrete was the first service to be offered by ACS Testing back in 1987, since then we have increased our scope to cover a wide range of UKAS Accredited testing on fresh and hardened concrete, both on site and in our laboratories.

  • Mortar & Screed Testing

    Mortar has played a major role in construction since ancient times with the oldest example having been found in Israel and thought to date back 10,000 years.

  • Contamination & WAC Testing

    At ACS Environmental Testing we offer an efficient and reliable analysis service using various test leaching procedures specified by the Environment Agency.

  • Chemical Testing

    ACS Environmental Ltd was established in 2007 to complement the physical materials testing service provided by ACS Testing Ltd to offer a range of analytical services to clients in order to meet their overall needs.

  • Leachate & Water Analysis

    Our purpose built analytical laboratory enables ACS Environmental Testing Ltd to provide, in conjunction with our other group companies, a comprehensive sampling, monitoring and analysis service on a wide range of leachate and water samples.

  • Natural Stone Testing

    Our newly refurbished Stone Testing Laboratory has given us the opportunity to expand our testing scope as well as increase production and better improve on our turnaround of samples.

  • Site Laboratory Service

    Over the last twenty-five years, ACS Testing Ltd have supplied custom fitted Site Laboratories with Technicians to many construction sites and projects worldwide.

ACS Group of Companies offer a professional weekly collection service covering the South of England and Wales. See below for our coverage range;

ACS Testing Coverage Map

Contact One of the Team

If you require a collection that is outside of our usual range, please feel free to call us on 01202 622858 or contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.