Highway Laboratory

Lab Description

Highway Laboratory


The highway laboratory is one of the Civil Engineering Laboratories which constructed over an enclosed area of 200 square meter to serve (CE 444) for graduate and undergraduate levels. It is fully equipped and supported by highly qualified technical staff to respond to the needs of academic institutions, researchers, engineers. In addition, the laboratory can help the local companies in designing asphalt mixes and process all the tests on mix design. It is equipped with the main apparatus needed for highway materials, which include asphalt mix tests for the surface, base and sub-base. Also, the laboratory contains all equipment needed for:

  1. Aggregate Testing
  2. Asphalt Testing
  3. Mix Design Testing
  4. Roughness and skid resistance
  5. Noise
  6. Traffic counting and traffic speed investigations.
  7. Stripping


Latest state of the art equipments that are mostly fitted with computerized data collection used to perform various types of soil testing to the highest standard. Some of these machines are:


  1. CBR machine automatic compactor, using for evaluate California bearing ratio.
  2. UTM apparatus, using for creep test, indirect tensile test, B.S fatigue, Beam fatigue.
  3. Centrifuge device, using for extraction of mix asphalt.
  4. Marshall Compactor apparatus, using for compaction of mix asphalt.
  5. Stability and flow apparatus.
  6. Fire and Flash point apparatus.
  7. Penetration of asphalt cements apparatus.
  8. Ductility of asphalt cements apparatus.
  9. Benkelman beam apparatus.
  10. British pendulum tester
  11. Softening point (ring and ball)
  12. Speed gun radar apparatus.



Testing Services

The followings are the major tests that can be performed at Soil Mechanics Laboratory :


  1. Specific gravity for coarse and fine aggregate
  2. Absorption
  3. Particles size distribution


  1. Penetration of asphalt cement
  2. Softening point of asphalt cement
  3. Ductility of asphalt cement
  4. Fire and flash point of asphalt cement
  5. Specific gravity of asphalt cement
  6. Solubility of asphalt cement


Mix design

  1. Marshall design aggregate proportioning
  2. Marshall specimens preparation
  3. Bulk Specific gravity of mix
  4. Stability and flow Marshall specimens
  5. Maximum Specific gravity of bituminous mixture
  6. Extraction of asphalt from bituminous concrete mixes
  7. Stripping test
  8. Sieve analysis
  9. Percentage ash contents
  10. Loss of stability
  11. Core extraction testing of thickens & density
  12. Measuring surface frictional properties using the British pendulum tester
  13. Benkelman beam


Base & Sub-Base

  1. California bearing ratio (CBR)
  2. Final examination

Technical Staff

All tests are run by highly qualified engineers and technicians who are constantly supervised by experienced faculties in order to assure the compliance of these tests with international standards. Accurateness of computer generated tests results are often verified and thus considered reliable by decision-makers. Quality assurance of material testing services is maintained through periodic evaluation programs in term of checking the calibration of the equipment and upgrading them to meet the market demands.

Header M Bani-Awad

B.Sc. Industrial Management

Civil Engineering Diploma in Transportation

 Civil Engineering Laboratories

Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering – Jordan University of Science and Technology

P.O. Box 22110, Irbid, Jordan
Tel: +962 (2) 7201000 22138 - Fax: +962 (2) 7201074
Email: civeng@just.edu.jo

Lab Location

G3 L1
Created at 1/5/2010 14:52 by System Account
Last modified at 1/5/2010 14:52 by System Account