Structural Engineering Laboratory

Structural Laboratory Facilities and Capabilities

List of equipment available

1.      Universal Testing Machine- Instron 1332 Test System

2.      Data Acquisition System for Testing – Instron 8800

3.      Impact Testing Machine- Instron SI-1C3

4.      Rockwell Hardness Tester- Wilson Hardness 574R Regular Scale Rockwell Tester

5.      Brinell Tester- Wilson Hardness Closed Loop Brinell Tester BH 300

6.      Structural test frames

7.      Torsion Test Machine

8.      Compressive strength testing machine

9.      Computational Software – ANSYS and STAAD Pro.

In addition, a fully equipped concrete laboratory has equipments and tools necessary for tests and evaluation of aggregates, cements, and fresh and hardened concrete. Testing accessories including fixtures, extensometers, LVDT’s, crack opening gauges are recently upgraded.

Capabilities

1.      Universal Testing Machine- Instron 1332 Test System

Recently upgraded Instron 880 accommodates a variety of structural specimens, and computer-controlled dynamic or static tests. It allows to test compression, tension, flexure, peel, tear, and friction tests with capacities up to 100 kN. Dynamic tests can range from simple single-axis ramps and repetitive waveforms, to more complex multi-axis and multi-step tests.

2.      Data Acquisition System for Testing – Instron 8800

Computer-based data acquisition systems with signal filtering and conditioning capabilities are used to record experimental data from extensive measurement devices, including a wide array of LVDT’s, static/dynamic extensometers, accelerometers, and load cells. Data acquisition capabilities include automated strain gages as well as analog inputs. Data acquisition rates up to 5kHz with a maximum of 24 channels.

3.      Impact Testing Machine- Instron SI-1C3

This charpy test machine features with two pendulum release heights provide operating ranges of 125 FT-LBS with 1.0 FT-LB divisions, 300 FT-LBS with 1.0 FT-LB divisions, 169.5 Joules with 2.0 J divisions, 406.7 Joules with 2.0 J divisions. It is capable of passing N.I.S.T. Charpy tests, formerly Watertown Specimen Standards.

4.      Rockwell Hardness Tester- Wilson Hardness 574R Regular Scale Rockwell Tester

This equipment is to measure Rockwell hardness properties of metals, steels, coppers, cast irons, thin materials, shallow and deep case hardened materials. The tester is capable of testing in all of the regular Rockwell hardness scales (60, 100, and 150 kg major test forces).  Vertical test capacity of 300 mm and the maximum specimen weight of 100 kg.

5.       Brinell Tester- Wilson Hardness Closed Loop Brinell Tester BH 300

This equipment is to measure the Brinell hardness for wide range of Brinell loads from 187.5 – 3000 Kg.  This closed loop Brinell tester is equipped and indenters in 2.5 mm, 5 mm, and 10 mm ball sizes and allows the specimen up to 280 mm in vertical and 130 mm in horizontal measurement.

6.      Structural test frames

Structural test frames for in-class demonstration.  The frames with automatic data acquisition unit are used to demonstrate the shear, bending and deflection tests in small scale from simple beams to continuous beams as well as indeterminate beams.

7.      Torsion Test Machine

The equipment allows to test torsion capacity of steel rods by twisting in the middle with two ends clamped.

8.      Compressive strength testing machine

This equipment allows determination of compressive strength of concrete cylinders.

9.      Computational Software

Computational laboratory accommodates students to practice engineering software as well as to perform researches.  The machines in the lab are equipped with the latest versions of ANSYS and STAAD Pro. to allow students  to analyze the global as well as detailed structural behaviors.

Was this information helpful? Provide Feedback or report broken links.