Structures and Earthquake Engineering Facilities
Experimental research is conducted in the Applied Dynamics Laboratory which is designed with a cellular box foundation strong floor measuring 25 m to 40 m. The special design features make the Applied Dynamics Laboratory a particularly suitable facility for large scale structural experimental research. Clear head room of over 12 m beneath a 10 tonne overhead crane permit full scale testing as well as scaled models of structures or structural components. The main loading system is an MTS servo-controlled hydraulic system equipped with a range of actuator capacities and load cells. This system is also used to power horizontal and vertical shake tables for seismic engineering studies. In addition to a selection of hydraulic jacks and computer controlled data acquisition equipment, 2 fixed in-plane test machines with 250 kN and 550 kN capacities are available.