Analytical instruments

Innovation Center Iceland’s Concrete Research Department / ICI Rheocenter is well equipped in terms of both specialist knowledge and analytical instruments, on a par with the best in the world.

Equipment possessed by the Department includes the following:

  • BML-Viscometer
  • ConTec Viscometer 5
  • ConTec Viscometer 6
  • ConTec Rheometer-4SCC
  • ConTec Rheometer-4SCC
  • ConTec Rheomixer
  • ConTec Rheomixer with semi-adiabatic calorimeter
  • HAAKE MARS RheoMicroscope
  • Paar Physica Rheolab MC1 rheometer
  • TAM Air isothermal 8-channel calorimeter for measuring the heat-generation process resulting from hydration
  • Air content meters for mortar (DIN 18555/-557)
  • Air content meters for concrete pastes
  • ConTec semi-adiabatic calorimeter
  • Sable Systems International Peltier effect temperature unit
  • Hobart Mixer N50G (2 litre) for mortar and cement pastes
  • Hobart Mixer NCM 10-30 (5 litre) for mortar and cement pastes
  • Hobart Mixer A200 (20 litre) for mortar and cement pastes
  • Four pressure sensors (diameter 5 cm)
  • Yokogawa MV100 mobile recorder
  • Six creep racks, along with creep measuring devices
  • Sympatec Helos BF particle size analyser, which is based on laser diffraction (HELOS stands for helium-neon-laser-optical system)
  • Extra equipment for the particle size analyser – Rodos T4.1 (dry disperser) and Vibri (feeder)
  • Maschinenfabrik Gustav Eirich SKG11 50 lítre concrete mixer
  • Maschinenfabrik Gustav Eirich EB2 150 lítre concrete mixer
  • Air-void analyser (AVA) for fresh concrete/mortar/paste
  • Chloride penetration tests, NT standard (NT BUILD 492)
  • Shrinkage tests (ASTM C157)
  • Instruments for frost resistance tests
  • Tinius Olsen compressive strength tester – for measuring compressive strength, tensile strength, flexure and modulus of elasticity.
  • Specially made paving slab crusher
  • Analytical instruments for cement testing and quality control of cement
  • Microscope for counting air bubbles
  • Microscope for aggregates and cement WPF/PFI computational rheology software for analysis of cement paste properties