Cooper Research Technology
Pioneers in Materials Testing Equipment
|Headquarters||Ripley, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Keith Cooper (Chairman), Peter Grafton (Managing Director), Andrew Cooper (Director of Research), Craig Walker (Group Technical Director), Carl Kohut (Operations Director), Marianne Rolland (Commercial Director), Zameer Syed (Marketing Manager)|
|Products||Pavement Testing Equipment, Civil Engineering Materials Testing Equipment|
|Services||Materials Testing for Highway & Road Construction|
Cooper Research Technology Limited (also known as Cooper Technology) is No.1 British manufacturer of high-performance testing equipment for asphaltic and unbound materials based in Ripley, Derbyshire, England. The company specialises in the design and manufacture of laboratory testing equipment used for the investigation of the mechanical properties of materials used in road construction. While at the University of Nottingham in the 1980s, founder Keith Cooper designed a method of measuring and assessing the mechanical properties of asphaltic materials with the equipment known as the Nottingham Asphalt Tester (NAT), later superseded by the UTM-NU (Servo-Pneumatic Universal Testing Machine).
The company over the years designed and developed a range of asphalt testing equipment which includes gyratory compactors, and roller compactors to prepare and compact specimens, in addition to servo hydraulic and servo pneumatic universal testers, triaxial testers, fatigue testing systems and wheel trackers to perform standards. Training courses can be taken on Universal Testing, Compression Testing, Bending Beam Testing, Wheel Tracking and Asphalt Compaction.
Areas of Business
The company manufactures a range of equipment for testing asphalt, bitumen, aggregate, concrete, cement and soil, as well as general laboratory equipment. It also offers a United Kingdom Accreditation Service calibration service.
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