Materials Laboratory

The Materials Testing Laboratory is a high-bay lab with a floor space of 1,206 ft2 and an interior clearance of 30 ft. It has a five-ton overhead trolley crane to access all areas in the lab. There is a curing room with a stainless steel liner and automatic humidity and temperature controls. There are bulk material storage bins for coarse and fine aggregates, benches with power outlets, compressed air and vacuum nozzles, sinks, a storage cabinet, a safety shower and eyewash and Internet access. The CIVL 421 Structures and Materials Laboratory is taught in this lab. Typical experiments conducted in this lab include analysis of aggregates’ specific gravity, moisture content, and absorption capacity, sieve analysis and concrete mixing and slump tests. The construction of the concrete canoe by the ASCE Student Chapter for regional competition is also performed here each year.