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Structural and Materials Engineering Laboratory

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The Structural Engineering Laboratory contains a 25-foot by 45-foot strong floor with two 20-foot wide by 15-foot high reaction walls. The horizontal tie-downs of the reaction walls have a design capacity of 100 kip each and an overturning moment of 1,200 kip-ft per four-foot length at the top of the wall. Testing equipment for the strong floor includes a range of hydraulic actuators (22 kips to 125 kips), hydraulic power supply, servo-controllers, and data acquisition systems. The Laboratory houses an INSTRON 220-kip UTM, 60 GPM pump, and numerous controllers, and two universal hydraulic testing machines (1 kip and 110 kip). Large size reinforced concrete and steel structural elements can be tested in these facilities. The laboratory also houses several walk-in cold chambers with instrumentation for mechanical property testing of ice. 

The Concrete materials laboratory includes facilities for raw material storage, concrete making, and a walk-in concrete curing room. Small and large sized mixers, compression testing machines, dynamic modulus analyzer, ovens, autoclaves, muffle furnace, and other necessary resources for concrete property testing are available for the use of both graduate and undergraduate students. Equipment for fresh property evaluation for conventional and self-consolidating concretes is also available. In addition, the concrete materials laboratory includes impedance analyzers, set up for long term performance monitoring of cement based materials like chloride permeability, sulfate resistance, and leaching. Several advanced analytical instrumentation like thermal analysis systems , X-Ray Diffraction, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscope, Laser Particle size Analyzers and electron microscopes (SEM and TEM) are accessible for concrete materials researchers through the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP).