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AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory: Thirty Years of Service to the Transportation Community.


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Pielert, J. H.; Spellerberg, P. A.

TR News, Vol. 183, 22-28, March/April 1996.

Keywords:

research facilities; transportation; construction materials; inspection

Abstract:

The AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL) is a research associate program located at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the sponsorship of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. AMRL and the Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL), which is sponsored by the American Society for Testing and Materials, make up the Construction Materials Reference Laboratories at the NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory. The primary mission of these two programs is to improve the quality of testing in laboratories that test construction materials. AMRL is involved with materials used in transportation projects, including soils, aggregates, traffic and structural paints, metals, plastic pipe, asphalt binders, and bituminous materials and mixtures. CCRL conducts programs for cements, concrete, aggregates, pozzolans, and reinforcing steel. Both laboratories are outstanding examples of how federal and state governments and the private sector can cooperate to meet a common goal; improving the quality of constrcution in the United States.