The Portable Friction Tester allows continuous measurements of the skid resistance of road markings and road surfaces over a given distance, in situations where the British pendulum tester (portable skid resistance tester) cannot be used.
• Iatroscan (picture: MK-6s TLC-FID Analyser) is a chromatographic analysis technique for the characterization of bituminous binders. This technique is based on the separation and quantification of the main components of bitumens (saturated compounds, aromatic fractions, resins, asphaltenes). This affords better understanding of the chemical composition of bitumens (origin, compatibility with polymer additives, etc.) and of modifications induced by external factors such as exposure to air (e.g., during the ageing of binders). The technique can also be used for the quantification of additives in (mastic) asphalt produced at a reduced temperature.
Iatroscan is complementary to other techniques for rheological or mechanical characterization available at BRRC.
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) is a calorimetric analysis technique for very accurate measurements of heat flows from and to materials within a wide range of temperatures (e.g., -80 °C to +500 °C). This makes it possible to determine the phase behaviour and the (in)stability of materials as a function of temperature (melting point or range, crystallization point, vitreous transition, specific heat, melting and crystallization heat, etc.).
DSC is complementary to other techniques for rheological or mechanical characterization available at BRRC.