Basic requirements for concrete in the construction industry
Concrete masonry is subject to changes over time. Laboratory technicians and researchers must pay close attention to ensure that concrete structures are:
- Mechanically strong and stable – So that the loads likely to be applied to the building during use do not result in the collapse of the whole building or part of it.
- Safe in terms of fire safety – To maintain the stability of the structure in the event of a fire, or to prevent the fire from spreading to neighboring buildings.
- Safe to use – The building must be constructed in such a way that there is no unacceptable risk of injury during its use or operation.
The Klokner Institute’s Concrete Technology Laboratory is equipped with up-to-date instrumentation, a climate chamber for frost resistance tests, and a climate chamber for concrete carbonation tests. The laboratory is also fully competent for waterproofing tests. Diagnostics of hardened concrete is carried out in the Mechanical Testing Laboratory.