Research

Besser assists with the development of new materials and products for use in the concrete industry. We offer confidential research and testing in conjunction with the World Center for Concrete Technology (WCCT) for complete studies including manufacturing of products in our Besser block plant.  Besser and WCCT have worked with several clients to help them find a use for their concrete products waste stream as the industry moves forward with sustainable development.

Research

Examples of research at the WCCT include:

  • Admixture evaluation and performance studies
  • Waste ash from various sources
  • Ground glass
  • Plastics
  • Rubber tires
  • Mining waste products
  • New cementitious materials

State-of-the-Art Block Plant

For those particularly interested in concrete masonry production, the WCCT is the only research facility in world with a state-of-the-art, computer-controlled Besser V3-12 concrete masonry production plant. This plant includes:

  • Computerized batching
  • Besser V3-12 block machine
  • Automated product handling with a Besser LSC handling system
  • Individually controlled kilns for curing with mist or steam at various temperatures
  • Inline splitter
  • Automated Cuber
  • With the WCCT testing lab located directly adjacent to the manufacturing plant, manufactured product can be evaluated right on site.

Product & Material Testing

Providing industry with a facility to test their products and materials according to ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) Standards is another service the WCCT can provide. With state-of-the-art laboratories the WCCT can perform such tests as:

  • Aggregate evaluation
  • Particle distribution
  • Material finer than 200 mesh sieve (loss by wash)
  • Specific gravity
  • LA abrasion
  • Cementitious material evaluation
  • Compression testing of concrete
  • ASTM C90 evaluation of concrete masonry units
  • Freeze/Thaw testing of concrete and masonry units
  • Masonry mortar and grout testing

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