Structures Laboratory

The Structural Engineering Laboratory provides comprehensive modern facilities for research and teaching in structural engineering, solid mechanics and construction materials. Within the 1300 m2 of floor area are Structures/Solid Mechanics Laboratory and Concrete/Construction Materials Laboratory. A comprehensive range of modern testing machines is provided for static and dynamic testing of structures and construction materials. These include a 2500 kN multi-channel DARTEC testing system, a 2000 kN tension/compression machine of generous light-clearance, MTS machines and three electro-magnetic and hydraulic vibration testing systems, with various modern data acquisition systems. There is a strong reaction wall of six meters high in the Structures/Solid Mechanics Laboratory for large-scale static and dynamic testing of structures. Workshop facilities are also provided by the Department's own electronic and machine shops.