From our main Laboratory in Poole, Dorset, ACS provide quality testing and material consultancy for the construction and civil engineering industry. Since our initial UKAS Accreditation in 1990, our scope of soil and aggregate testing has steadily increased as we are now able to offer a comprehensive range of tests, carried out to both British (BS) and European (EN) Standards and to our approved In-House Test Methods.
We provide a comprehensive range of Aggregates and Soils Testing meeting British and European Standards together with Standard Highways MCHW requirements. Mechanical, physical and chemical testing is conducted on a wide range of natural and recycled aggregates to ensure they are fit for purpose.
As well as testing, our Operations Manager and Senior Technicians are on hand to advise clients on their testing requirements as well as interpreting their results.
|Test||Method||What is shows|
|Water Content||BS 1097-5||Percentage of water based on dry mass of sample.|
|Particle Size Distribution||BS EN 933-1||Grading Aggregates to determine suitability using grading limits defined in BS Standards and MCHW.|
|Constituents of Coarse Recycled Aggregates||BS EN 933-11||Recycled materials, physical examination to determine the constituent parts and foreign materials within a sample. (Note; this test is not suitable for sands)|
|Los Angeles (Fragmentation)||BS EN 1097-2||A common test to indicate the resistance to fragmentation indicating toughness, replaces BS 812 Ten Percent Fines test.|
|Micro Deval||BS EN 1097-1||Abrasion resistance and durability of aggregates|
|Magnesium Sulphate||BS EN 1367-2||Soundness of aggregates, resistance to disintegration from soaking and crystallising of salts granules.|
|Frost Heave||BS 812 & SHW||Measurement of swell when a sample is subjected to available water in freezing conditions, requirement under MCHW for materials with 450mm of final construction|
|Particle Density & Water Absorption||BS EN 1097-6||Particle density, sometimes referred to as specific gravity and absorption to show porosity of the aggregate when used in conjunction with Loose Bulk Density and Voids test.|
|Sand Equivalent||BS EN 933-8||Determines the cleanliness of a fine aggregate. Reports to % sand presence in sample.|
|Methylene Blue||BS EN 933-9||Determines how absorptive the fine fraction (<2mm fraction) of a material is. i.e. harmful fines content.|
|Particle Shape – Flakiness/Shape Index||BS EN 933-3/4||Slotted sieves designed to determine flaked / elongated shapes with in the aggregate|
|Loose Bulk Density & Voids||BS EN 1097-3||With single size material this will provide mass against volume and using PD/WA voidage can be calculated.|
|Max Dry Density/Optimum Moisture Content (Vibrating Hammer)||BS EN 13286-4||5 point test to determine the optimum water content to achieve the best density|
|Test||Method||What is shows|
|Natural Moisture Content||BS 1377-2||Percentage of water in a soil based on dry mass|
|Saturated Moisture Content or IDD||BS 1377-2||Carried out on chalk lumps to determine suitability|
|Plasticity Index (Atterberg Limits)||BS 1377-2||4 parts, Liquid Limit, Plastic Limit, plasticity index and liquidity index. Clay testing to determine suitability and shrink ability potential|
|Equilibrium CBR||Combination of tests, Moisture Content, Grading, sedimentation and Atterberg limits used by designers to calculate potential CBR value.|
|Particle Size Distribution (PSD)||BS 1377-2||Grading of soils for compliance to specification including SHW, also provides data to determine uniformity coefficient|
|Sedimentation||BS 1377-2||Additional to PSD to provide a grading of material passing 63micron to 2 microns|
|Moisture Condition Value (MCV)||BS 1377-4||Compaction test to determine the compactive effort required to compact a material in to a cylinder at ‘as received’ moisture content.|
|CBR Testing||BS 1377-4||Laboratory CBR can be carried out on material at natural or specified moisture content, in additional soaked lab CBR involves immersing the sample in water and measuring swell|
|Shear Strength Testing||BS 1377-7||Applying pressure to a disturbed or un-disturbed sample to measure force required to shear a clay sample.|
|MDD/OMC (2.5kg, 4.5kg and vibrating hammer)||BS 1377-4||5-point test to determine the optimum water content to achieve the best density, different compaction methods depending on the material type and size.|
|Permeability||BS 1377-6||To determine flow of water through a specimen of clay/silt for purposes of landfill design/compliance testing.|
|Topsoil Suite||BS 3882||Combination of physical and chemical testing to determine the suitability of topsoil and reported with BS 3882 limits.|
Please see below for a list of the services provided by ACS:
The ACS Geo-Environmental Consultancy Department has been operating as part of ACS for over 10 years.
ACS offers a comprehensive range of professional on-site testing, all carried out by our fully trained site technicians.
From our main laboratory in Poole, Dorset, ACS provide quality testing and material consultancy for the construction and civil engineering industry.
ACS carries out testing on new bituminous binder material and testing on hardened material for physical and chemical properties. Circa pre 1980’s Tar (Carcinogenic effects) was also used as a binder, ACS staff can sample and test materials to assess if Tar was used.
Concrete was the first service to be offered by ACS back in 1987. Since then, we have increased our scope to cover a wide range of UKAS Accredited testing methods on fresh and hardened concrete.
ACS can sample and test new and hardened mortar. Hardened mortar for mix proportions and constituents, new mortar for compressive and flexural strength.
At ACS we offer an efficient and reliable chemical analysis service for waste soils and construction materials using various test solids and leaching procedures specified by the Environment Agency.
The ACS chemical laboratory was established in 2007. It complements the physical materials testing service provided by ACS by offering a range of chemical analytical services.
Our purpose-built analytical laboratory enables ACS to provide a comprehensive sampling, monitoring and analysis service on a wide range of leachate and water samples.
Our newly refurbished stone testing laboratory has given us the opportunity to expand our testing scope. In addition, we have increased production and improved on our turnaround of samples.
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.
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