structural lab

Structural Research Lab

PKI 126

Lab Director: Chris Tuan
Lab Manager: Kelvin Lein

Lab Features
  • Over 5,000 square feet of floor space to accommodate various testing needs.
  • 30-foot high reaction wall that supports horizontal force up to 1,000,000 lbs
  • 25-ton overhead crane suspended over 60 ft by 90 ft structural testing floor.
  • Testing floor that has tie-downs spaced at 3 feet in one direction and 10 feet in the other direction with a load capacity of 320,000 lbs per tie-down.
  • 60-foot long prestressing bed with prestressing capacity of 1,600,000 lbs.
  • Two computer controlled MTS that has a tension and compression capacity of 55,000 lbs and 110,000 lbs for fatigue testing
  • Two Ground Penetrating Radar equipments with 1.5 GHz and 400 MHz antennas for concrete and utility inspection.


Watch as students apply the laws of physics to test a concrete beam in the Structural Lab.