Belgian Ceramic Research Centre

Soils testing, building and road materials

Road materials

Laboratory tests on bituminous mixtures

  • Drilling and thickness measurement (CME 54.01): drilling, total thickness (CME 54.01), layer thickness (CME 54.01)
  • Apparent density (CME 54.09 and NBN EN 12697-6)
  • Maximum density (CME 54.0 et NBN EN 12697-5)
  • Relative compaction (CME 54.08)
  • Binder content: by Soxhlet (CME 54.05), by centrifugation (CME 54.06)
  • Grain size distribution (CME 54.07)
  • Binder extraction by under vacuum evaporation (CME 08.26)
  • Sharp sand content - Microscope
  • Sampling (NBN EN 12697-27)
  • Determination of void characteristics (NBN EN 12697-8)
  • Determination of water sensitivity (NBN EN 12697-12)
  • Particle loss of porous asphalt specimen (NBN EN 12697-17)
  • Binder drainage (NBN EN 12697-18)
  • Determination of the indirect tensile strength (NBN EN 12697-23)
  • Determination of the dimensions of a bituminous specimen (NBN EN 12697-29)
  • Specimen preparation by impact compactor (NBN EN 12697-30)
  • Specimen preparation gyratory compactor (NBN EN 12697-31)

Laboratory tests on bituminous binders

  • Penetration test (NBN EN 1426)
  • Softening point - from 20°C to 80°C (NBN EN 13075-4)
  • Determination of water content in bitumen emulsions (NBN EN 1428)


Tests on site

  • Sampling by drilling: in bituminous road surface, in concrete, in reinforced concrete
  • Plate bearing test: 200 cm2 plate, 750 cm2 plate
  • CBR test
  • Hammering probe
  • Apparent density measurement
  • Inspection by camera
  • Westergaard plate bearing test

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