The Road Research Branch (RRB) was established in the year 1959 and is functioning under Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering Division headed by the Chief Research Officer. The main objective of this branch is to conduct Applied and Basic Studies to ascertain quality of materials, and to improve the characteristics of various parameters by conducting the necessary tests on sub grade, Sub base, base course and surface course of Road pavements.
RR Brach has a well-equipped laboratory which houses Thermostatically Controlled Drying Ovens , Mechanical Sieve Shaker, CBR apparatus, Compaction Test Apparatus, Impact Test Machine, Crushing Value apparatus, Specific Gravity apparatus for soil and Aggregates testing. Viscometer, Penetration apparatus, Ring and Ball apparatus, Flash and Fire apparatus, Ductility Testing Machine for conducting tests on bitumen. Marshall Stability Test apparatus, Centrifugal Extractor, Temperature measuring Gun for testing of the bitumen mixes.
Road Research Branch has a capability of conducting tests like Mechanical Analysis, Atterberg Limits, Specific Gravity, Compaction (Light and Heavy), In situ Density and In situ Moisture Content, CBR Test on Soils, Gradation Test on Aggregates. Penetration Test, Specific Gravity Test, Ductility Test, Flash and Fire Point Test, Softening Point Test, Bitumen Content Test, Viscosity Test, on bitumen. Surface Deflection of Pavement (Benkelman Beam Test). Also, we provide Bitumen Mix Design for SDBC pavements.
Due to less number of Basic studies/ Research activities, this branch has diversified its activities in the recent years towards applied studies. The branch is addressing to the problems araised at the field as & when referred by Government, Semi-Government & Non-Government organizations. The range of problems covers the testing of stability of materials in the construction of roads, i.e., Soil, Aggregates, Bitumen and Emulsion & Investigation of Roads for new construction, Improvement or Up-gradation of existing roads. Presently this branch has signed a MoU with APMC, Mysore for the quality checks for various materials used for roads.