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The RCAT (Rotating Cylinder Ageing Test) device was developed to simulate the long-termageing of bituminous binders in an accelerated manner. The method is a conditioning procedure and has no result in itself.
In order to collect information on the reproducibility of the procedure,a limited round robin trial with the RCAT method involving five laboratories and three binders was conducted in 2003. Tests were conducted according to the draft of the RCATmethod (prENxxxxx-RCAT) drawn up in the framework of CENcommittee TC336WG1 TG3.
During this RRT, a health and safety risks assessment was also carried out. The five participating laboratories have rated the residual risks as acceptable.
This project (1st August 2007 through 31st July 2010) was funded bij Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT), and was completed jointly by the University of Leuven (KUL) and BRRC. The experimental field research for this project was carried out for the greater part on regional road N9 between Ghent and Eeklo (Belgium).
The project comprised several research actions.
Since the year 2000, BRRC has been recognized as an accredited laboratory by BELAC.
BELAC is a Belgian accreditation body supervised by the Belgian Federal Public Service (FPS) Economy, SME, Self-Employed and Energy, which acts as an impartial third party to assess whether a given laboratory operates in accordance with the reference document in force and delivers an accreditation certificate if the laboratory passes the audit procedure.