Mechanics of Materials Laboratory

Mechanics of Materials Laboratory equipment

The CEE Mechanics of Materials Laboratory provides a series of conventional experiments which demonstrate the theory of mechanics of materials and the most important characteristics of engineering material for civil engineering students to gain an understanding of the strength and durability of different materials (steel, aluminum, cast iron, and wood.)

A Digital Imaging Correlation (DIC), VIC-3D system housed by our Mechanics of Materials Laboratory is also introduced to the students and used for grad student research.

Key Capabilities:

  • Tensile test of ductile and brittle materials
  • Compression test of short wood columns
  • Torsion test of ductile and brittle materials
  • Stress in a simply supported beam
  • Buckling test of wood columns
  • Deflections of a statically indeterminate beam 
  • Stress Concentrations
  • Photo-elastic demonstration
  • Fatigue test
  • Impact test

Key Equipment:

  • Instron 10,000 lb Testing Machine
  • Tinius Olsen 30,000 lb Universal Tension Testing Machine
  • Tinius Olsen 60,000 lb Universal Compression Testing Machine
  • Torsion Test Machine
  • Tinius Olsen Transverse Testing Machine
  • Ann Arbor Beam-Frame System
  • Photo-elastic Viewing System
  • Fatigue Testing Machine, F-1 LS
  • Impact Testing Machine

Ancillary Equipment:

  • Digital Imaging Correlation (DIC) VIC-3D video camera system and software by Correlated Solutions, Inc.