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 Environmental Engineering research labs are located in the Week Hall 319 and 323. The facility has a full array of tools and instrumentation for sampling, simulating, and analyzing environmental matrices and unit processes. Applied environmental chemistry instrumentation includes liquid chromatography (HPLC), total organic carbon and nitrogen analyses, and a variety of field meters and spectrophotometers. Applied environmental microbiology instrumentation includes PCR and qPCR thermocyclers and a fluorescent microscope. Tools for cultivating microbes include an anaerobic chamber, laminar flow hoods, shaking and walk-in incubators, and an annular biofilm reactor. Please direct questions about the laboratory and potential collaborations to Nicole Fahrenfeld, PhD at