Laboratories/Facilities

Structures and Material Laboratory
Includes practical aspects of destructive and non-destructive testing of structural elements/construction materials such as hardened concrete, steel, wood, and masonry. It has several testing machines to characterize the mechanical properties of these materials. The lab also provides facilities for testing aggregate, cement, admixtures, additive materials and fresh concrete, as well as for testing of structural components and assemblies (under static and dynamic loads) including beams, columns, slabs, trusses. The lab also includes an Environmental Chamber to carry out shrinkage and creep tests under controlled humidity and temperature.
 
Soil Mechanics Instructional Laboratory
Covers practical aspects of testing and assessing mechanical properties of soils. It covers applications of testing principles to measure fundamental aspects of soil behavior, ranging from classification to engineering properties. Main tests conducted as a part of the laboratory include: description and identification of soils (visual manual procedure); determining the moisture content of soil (convention and microwave oven methods); determining the specific gravity of soil; determining the liquid limit, plastic limit and plasticity index of soil; grain size analysis of soil; and more.
 
Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
Covers measurement and demonstration aspects of fluid properties, fluid flows and hydrodynamic forces. The primary testing equipment housed in the lab includes volumetric hydraulic benches with a variety of experimental modules, hydraulic and sediment transport flume, hydrology apparatus, and cavitation demonstration unit.
 
Environmental Engineering Biochemical Process Lab and Water Chemistry Research Labs
The newly renovated Environmental Engineering Biochemical Process and Water Chemistry research labs are located in the School of Engineering Building Complex in Rooms C262 and A135.  The facilities have a full array of instrumentation for environmental chemical sample preparation, separation, analysis and environmental microbiology.  The instruments provide the ability to perform a range of analyses including real-time PCR detection, total organic carbon and nitrogen analysis, and fluorescent microscopy.  The facilities include an anaerobic chamber and chemical fume and laminar flow hoods.  Please direct questions about the laboratory and potential collaborations to Professors Nicole Fahrenfeld at nfahrenf@rutgers.edu and Monica Mazurek at mmazurek@rci.rutgers.edu.