Structures laboratory

Academic staff


Nonacademic staff


Specialization

Testing of Hume pipes, electrical poles, man-hole covers, wall panels, pre-cast beams, steel girders and steel connection details

Vibration monitoring of structures using state of the art technology.

Experimental stress analysis of structures using strain measurements and finite element modeling

Assessment of structures using testing (testing of core samples, cover meter testing, ultrasonic pulse testing, re-bound hammer testing and half-cell potential testing).

Advanced computer aided structural analysis. Design of steel, concrete and composite structures

Rehabilitation proposals and strengthening schemes for damaged or distressed structures.

Detecting underground structures, rock and soil layers, voids etc., using ground penetration radar technique.



Equipment / testing facilities

  • Strong floor with reaction frames for testing structural parts, Capacity 50 T.
  • Wide range of hydraulic jacks with control units, Capacity 50 T.
  • Pre-stressing bed with pre-stressing jacks.
  • Static and dynamic data loggers, load cells, displacement transducers, strain gauges and accelerometers etc., for data acquisition.
  • Fully computer controlled portable data monitoring and logging systems for strains, displacements and loads etc., up to 50 channels.
  • Ground penetration radar unit.
  • Re-bound hammer, ultrasonic pulse velocity tester, concrete core cutter, half-cell potential meter, cover meter, GPR system and non-destructive hardness tester.

Student experiments, design classes, field classes

  • Slider crank mechanism
  • Torsional pendulum
  • Internal forces in beams
  • Plane truss
  • Instrumentation (state of the art technology)

Research activities

  • Structural health monitoring
  • Structural failures
  • Stress analysis
  • Fatigue of metals
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Blast resistant structures
  • Ferro-cement
  • Ground penetration radar
  • Corrosion of steel structures
  • New teaching tools for structural design and analysis

Services to the industry

  • Testing of Hume pipes, electrical poles, man-hole covers, wall panels, pre-cast beams.
  • Design of steel, concrete and composite structures.
  • Non-destructive testing of steel and concrete structures.
  • Rehabilitation proposals and strengthening schemes for damaged or distressed structures.
  • Testing of concrete in existing structures.
  • Detecting underground structures, rock and soil layers, voids etc

Inquires

Laboratory telephone number : Channa - 081 239 3583