Materials Research

Mannvit has more than 20 years of experience in materials research and offers a wide range of services in this respect.All work is in accordance with international standards, and the focus is on excellence in implementation and processing.

Materials research is an important part of the design process in construction.Engineering theory is largely based on the characteristics of construction materials, which makes it necessary to carry out tests on them before embarking on construction.Pre-testing the materials often makes it possible to see and prevent various costly and even dangerous problems. Comprehensive testing during the design and implementation process often leads to lower construction costs.

It is important to attend to research during the first stages of the design process and prepare a research schedule, as the length of time needed for tests can vary.Delayed research can lead to delays in construction and can also be costly.

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Mannvit’s materials research can be divided into several categories:

  • Minerals
  • Concrete 
  • Geotechnics
  • Road technology
  • Rock technology
  • Steel
  • Chemical analysis
  • Slab testing

It should be noted that the list is not exhaustive; laboratory staff will be happy to provide further information.

The company has a laboratory in Akureyri where some of the above is available, including particle size analysis, moisture testing and slab testing.In addition, it is very easy to submit samples to the employees, who will then send the samples to Reykjavík if necessary.


Sampling and treatment of samples

The taking and treatment of samples is one of the most important aspects of any research.Incorrect sampling distorts results more than most other steps in the process.As a result, it is vital to take care when taking samples and to follow the appropriate standards to ensure the most accurate results.

Customers can elect to take their own samples or take advantage of the services of the laboratory.If they elect to execute this aspect themselves, they should familiarise themselves with the requirements that the appropriate standards stipulate as regards the taking of samples, their treatment and size.

Further information is provided by Mannvit‘s laboratory.

Construction costs can be decreased with properly implemented testing.


Guðrún Eva Jóhannsdóttir

+354 422 3503