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US Army Corps of Engineers
Materials Testing Center

The US Army Corps of Engineers’ Materials Testing Center (MTC) is committed to providing quality materials testing in a timely fashion at a reasonable cost. In addition, MTC supplies inspection services of commercial laboratories for quality assurance and quality control testing. Located at the ERDC Waterways Experiment Station site in Vicksburg, MS, the MTC is the only agency authorized to validate commercial laboratories to work for the Corps of Engineers.

MTC Experience

  • 700+ Validated Laboratories
  • 100+ Certified Material Sources
  • 350+ Inspections, Audits and Certifications per year
  • 0ver 35 Research Engineers, Scientists, and Support Personnel on Staff
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    Tim McCaffrey, Senior Testing Technician, adds asphalt emulsion to an asphalt test mix in the Asphalt Lab
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    End grinding concrete test cylinders in the High Bay area
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    Failure of a concrete test cylinder under compressive load
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    Large stone and concrete saw table in the High Bay area
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    Large capacity drum mixer on Mixer Alley in the High Bay area
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    GEOTAC testing (shearing, triaxial, compression, etc) room in the Soils Lab
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    Specific gravity test racks in the Soils Lab
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    Soils sieved and awaiting further analysis in the Soils Lab
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    Processing large-size aggregate in the Aggregates Lab
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    LA Abrasion and sieve shaking machines in the Aggregates Lab
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    Electro-pulse, 5.5Kips, 30Kips, 100Kips test frames in the Load Frame testing room
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    Conducting tensile test in the Load Frame testing room
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    Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) examination room
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    X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis in the Materials Analysis Lab
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    X-Ray Diffraction Analysis in the Materials Analysis Lab