The Geotechnical Laboratory is well-equipped with testing equipment for evaluating all engineering properties of soils and rocks, including index properties, compaction characteristics of soils, hydraulic characteristics, compressibility, rate of consolidation and sheer strength. The equipment ranges from the most fundamental to the most sophisticated and is used in both undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. The laboratory is also equipped with the most complete facility for assessing the effects of earthquake shaking on soils and rocks and foundation performance. The laboratory has the most extensive in-house collection of cyclic triaxial test data on liquefaction of soils.
After 20 years, researchers around the world are still asking for related research reports. High school students from Colorado call it “Earthquake Lab” after the liquefaction demonstrations they have seen in the lab over the last three decades.
The capabilities of the Geotechnical Laboratory are quite diverse and complete. It is equipped with teaching and research equipment, from simple to complex. Besides some fundamental apparatuses, it also contains the following specialty equipment:
In sum, the Geotechnical Laboratory has excellent facilities for testing soils and rocks for their static and dynamic engineering characteristics involved in static and earthquake resistance designs of buildings and associated foundations. The lab is equipped to handle both geotechnical and structural teaching and research.