Lab opening (for more information, see Florida Concrete)
Lab Dedication (for more information, see FIU News)
Early days .and now! [also see http://www.cee.fiu.edu/structures-and-construction-laboratory/]
To provide hands-on educational experience for students; to support research and development of innovative hurricane-resistant and durable construction materials, structural systems and components; to serve the construction industry; to contribute to the engineering community in South Florida, and to advance the safety, durability, and economy of our civil infrastructure.
FIU has grown into a large urban public research university with over 38,000 students. Enrollment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has greatly increased to 300 undergraduate students, 75 MS and 55 PhD students. The department is committed to providing superior teaching, academic excellence and pioneering research. The Structures and Construction Testing Laboratory is critical to reaching the next level of educational distinction.
Teaching students real-world and cutting-edge research in a laboratory setting is essential to their academic and professional development.
The new lab will play a critical role in attracting new government and private industry funds for pioneering research.
As the largest
structures testing facility in
Type of Services
Applied and fundamental research:
Construction materials, manufactured systems, structural components, pavements, geotechnical materials, and geo-environmental systems
Product development and testing for code compliance:
ICC (formerly ICBO) accreditation, evaluation of existing products, feasibility assessment for new materials and systems, and durability and reliability studies
Expert engineering and scientific support:
Forensic and failure investigation, structural diagnoses and field monitoring, rehabilitation recommendations, and non-destructive testing and evaluations
Training and professional development:
Workshops and seminars for CTQP certificates, ACI technician certificates, bridge and wind engineering, and OSHA-authorized training for safety
The new Structures and Construction Laboratory is in the east half of the existing 22 ft high, 85 ft x 75 ft high-bay facility adjacent to the engineering building.
The lab consists of a 35 ft x 62 ft strong floor with 4 ft thickness, and 100-kip capacity tie-downs on a 3 ft x 6 ft pattern.
To move specimens and equipment around the lab, a 20-ton 40-ft span double girder overhead crane will be furnished with two 60 ft long runways supported on steel columns at 20 ft spacing. A forklift provides additional mobility for lab activities.
One four-legged 14-ft high steel test frame with 400-kip capacity and one 10-ft high slant-legged steel reaction frame with 100-kip lateral capacity will allow simultaneous loading of various structural components and subassemblies in two directions.
The lab will be served with a central 60-gpm hydraulic pump; 400-kip and 100-kip tension/compression servo controlled fatigue-rated hydraulic actuators with 12-in stroke; computerized controller for simultaneous use of two actuators; load-control single- and double-acting hydraulic jacks from 100-kip to 300-kip with an independent hydraulic pump; one 42-channel and one 25-channel high-speed data acquisition systems; 64-channel data-logger; and comprehensive array of sensors to allow static and dynamic loading of large to full-scale structural components and systems.
Additionally, an environmental chamber will be built to allow for the loading of scaled models of structures under accelerated environmental exposure with a full range of temperatures, rain, and humidity levels.
FIU machine shops will be utilized for the fabrication of specimens and test fixtures.
New Structures and Construction Testing Laboratory
Students gaining valuable research experience
Large-scale composite columns ready for testing
Students casting concrete specimens in the lab
Testing of concrete beam strengthened with carbon materials