In 164 Town, innovative researchers test bridge loads and research new methods for making structures safer and more cost-efficient.
The 6,900-square-foot structural engineering research laboratory provides:
- 80-by-50-foot main testing area
- 80-by-25-foot tie-down floor with a million-pound capacity
- 20-ton overhead crane
- Electronic and computer equipment for controlling experiments and data logging
Major pieces of equipment include:
- Numerous hydraulic actuators with five- to 200-ton capacities and strokes up to 18 inches
- Two MTS 55,000-pound capacity structural actuators controlled by an MTS TestStar IIm controller used for large specimen static and dynamic testing
- One 150,000-pound push and 110,000-pound pull actuator with a 24-inch stroke
- Four data acquisition systems with reading rates up to 250,000 samples per second
- Five remote monitoring systems that can be controlled by modem, cellular, or radio telemetry
Contact Doug Wood, senior engineering specialist and manager of structural engineering laboratories, 515 294-3768, email@example.com, for more information.