The materials preparation area houses the equipment used to condition/cure specimens prior to testing. The following equipment is available in this space:
- A salt spraying environmental chamber, WTC/A160, with both temperature (from ambient to 158°F) and humidity (30% to 98%) control for corrosion testing of materials. The test space is 65 x 50 x 31 inch (W x D x H) and the chamber is designed for heavy loads (up to 2,200 lbs) for testing of reduced-scale structural elements.
- A moist cure chamber, CSZ ZPHS-64-2-H/AC, for curing cementitious materials under controlled temperature (from -29°F to 374°F) and humidity (10% to 98%) conditions. The test space is 48 x 48 x 48 inch (W x D x H) and the chamber is designed for heavy loads (up to 1,200 lbs) for testing of reduced-scale structural elements.
- Two identical ovens, Memmert UF 260 Plus, with a maximum temperature of 572°F. The test chamber dimensions for each oven is 25.2 x 19.7 x 31.5 inches (W x D x H) and the ovens are designed to support a maximum 661 lbs of load each.
- A furnace with a maximum temperature of 2000°F and chamber dimensions of 21 x 21 x 13.3 inches (W x D x H).