We have a range of Universal Testing Machines. Their use includes strength tests on standard concrete and steel specimens, shear-friction tests on masonry, creep tests on steel at high temperatures, or beam tests.
The lab is equipped with furnaces and ovens for structural testing under heat and fire. We have both electric ovens and a gas radiant panel system, which allow us to carry out bespoke structures in fire testing.
We have modern high speed data acquisition systems, and an inventory of displacement, load, temperature and strain instrumentation. As well as conventional measurement methods we use digital image correlation for displacement measurement, structural health monitoring equipment, and non-destructive testing methods such as ground penetrating radar, acoustic emission and infrared thermography.
The structures lab houses the Silos Gantry, used to test storage silos and to characterise granular flow.
Our particular areas of specialisation include:
- Structures in fire and at elevated temperatures
- Advanced composites and emerging structural engineering materials
- Strengthening and repair of infrastructure
- Silos and thin-walled structures
- Dynamic effects in structures and materials
- Structural health monitoring non-destructive testing
- Biomechanical applications of structural engineering
We regularly carry out consultancy work upon structural engineering problems, including:
- Prototype testing and development before a structure is built
- Coupon tests to determine material strength
- On-site structural testing and assessment
- Computational modelling for design and assessment
- Forensic investigation of failures
- Design code development
- Up to date knowledge on the latest structures research and development
- Courses and seminars relating to our areas of expertise
We welcome any opportunity to work with external organisations upon collaborative projects, and the University has a variety of models for collaboration, such as consultancy contracts, knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) or sponsored research.
- The Structures Laboratory wiki pages (University login required)