Research at the Kiewit Materials Performance Lab focuses on concrete durability, early-age properties of concrete and the pursuit of high-performance civil engineering materials. Concrete, the most widely used building material in the world, is a sustainable material when properly designed and constructed. While new materials may show promise, they are often made from natural resources that are simply not found in quantities abundant enough to compete with or even replace the most used construction material in the world, concrete. It is for this reason that concrete is the most advantageous for further development as an advanced material, and enhancements to concrete to generate special properties or to achieve superior performance may be a central path forward to ensure both long-term durability and sustainability. 

Kiewit Materials Performance Lab

Key Equipment Available

  • Environmental Test Chamber
  • Fume hoods, grounded benchtop, and large Faraday’s cages for sensitive electrochemical and electronic measurements
  • VersaStat 4 Potentistat/Galvanostat and FRA (AC impedance capability)
  • Gamry Potentistat/Galvanostat and FRA (AC impedance capability)
  • PAR Model 370 Scanning Electrochemical Workstation (in acquisition)
  • Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM)
  • Scanning Kelvin Probe (SKP)
  • Scanning Vibrating Electrode Technique (SVET)
  • Localized Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (LEIS)
  • Scanning Droplet System (SDS)
  • Non-Contact Surface Profiling (OSP)
  • Potentiostat and FRA (AC impedance capability)
  • Digital precision multi-meter
  • Automatic titrator with 20-sample charger
  • Reverse Osmosis water system with 30 Lit. storage reservoir
  • Q-Fog Cyclic corrosion chamber
  • Other support equipment: DC power supply, concrete mixers, hot plate/stirrers precision balance (1 mg/410 g and 0.01 g/4200 g), 10 ml pipette controller, Vicat consistency apparatus (300 g), Vicat setting time apparatus (ASTM C807), Penetrometer (ACME), traceable workhorse thermometers, infrared thermometers, microwave meter for rapid determination of moisture content, benchtop lathe, Soldering station, compressor/Vacuum pump