07/21/2017 - Week Four Recap

by Tia Deharpport November. 30, 2017 239 views
This week, I went on a field testing trip to the southern part of the north island of New Zealand. We went to New Plymouth and Masterton in order to do concrete corrosion testing. In New Plymouth, we were able to stay at a building owner's beautiiful home, part of which is pictured here!

This week, I went on a field testing trip to the southern part of the north island of New Zealand. We went to New Plymouth and Masterton in order to do concrete corrosion testing. In New Plymouth, we were able to stay at a building owner's beautiiful home, part of which is pictured here!

The building owners hired us to come down and test their buildings for corrosion in an effort to see how strong their building is and to determine whether or not it is safe. For the concrete corrosion testing, part of what we did was taking core samples of the buildings' walls (pictured here).

The building owners hired us to come down and test their buildings for corrosion in an effort to see how strong their building is and to determine whether or not it is safe. For the concrete corrosion testing, part of what we did was taking core samples of the buildings' walls (pictured here).

The core samples were collected from various places in the building to make sure that the results are accurate. The coring samples were taken back to the University of Auckland to be tested.

The core samples were collected from various places in the building to make sure that the results are accurate. The coring samples were taken back to the University of Auckland to be tested.

We also performed corrosion testing with the core samples by testing them with a chloride solution. When the samples turn a darker color, that means the concrete is more corroded. The concrete sample here is badly corroded, so the building we tested would not perform well in an earthquake at all.

We also performed corrosion testing with the core samples by testing them with a chloride solution. When the samples turn a darker color, that means the concrete is more corroded. The concrete sample here is badly corroded, so the building we tested would not perform well in an earthquake at all.

In our long 10 hour drive back to Auckland, we also encountered some snow which was odd to me since it's July! It makes sense though since it is winter here.

In our long 10 hour drive back to Auckland, we also encountered some snow which was odd to me since it's July! It makes sense though since it is winter here.

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