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Mobile Concrete Laboratory
Transferring Advanced Concrete Technology To Our Partners
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Publication No. FHWA-IF-12-048
Federal Highway Administration's Mobile Concrete Laboratory (MCL) introduces Federal, State, and local transportation personnel to the state-of-the-art concrete technology in materials selection, mixture design, field and laboratory testing, and pavement evaluation. In an effort to bridge the gap between research and the field, the MCL accomplishes this technology transfer in several ways:
The current focus of the MCL includes assisting SHA's implementation of the mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide (MEPDG) and nondestructive testing, performance-related specifications (PRS), long life pavements, durability, and sustainability. An active partnership with manufacturers, contractors, industry associations, and academia is central to all of the MCL's activities.
Field demonstrations are performed using a fully equipped mobile concrete testing laboratory that can perform a wide range of concrete tests. These include conventional destructive tests as well as new and innovative nondestructive tests.
Examples of these capabilities are:
Conventional QC Tests:
Nondestructive and In Situ Tests:
Durability Related Tests:
The MCL accomplishes its goal of technology deployment through project participation, demonstrations, training, and equipment loan. In an effort to reach a maximum number of transportation personnel with significant project findings, evaluation results, and innovative concrete technologies, the MCL provides project reports and published papers in journals and symposia proceedings. Presentations at industry conferences and showcases, such as ACI, PCI, ACPA, and TRB are utilized to further the transfer of these new technologies. MCL staff can also provide speakers, put on specialized workshops, and provide technical assistance.
If your are interested in one or more of the services provided by the Mobile Concrete Laboratory, you can contact your FHWA Resource Center, Division Office, or the MCL staff directly:
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