Structural engineering is the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads. At CU Denver the area of structural engineering includes structural and bridge engineering; repair, evaluation, maintenance and rehabilitation of civil infrastructure; ultrasonic testing and experimental analysis of concrete; and more.
The Structures Laboratory is equipped to perform state-of-the-art research in the areas of concrete, steel, timber and advanced materials. Research funded by the National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, Colorado Department of Transportation, City and County of Denver, Environmental Protection Agency and other private industry has been conducted to improve the design, construction, analysis and maintenance of buildings, roads, bridges and other structures.
The laboratory occupies 5,100 square feet with the main structural testing area consisting of a 30 feet wide by 50 feet long strong floor. This area consists of tie downs that allow for the construction of test frames and the testing of full-scale structural members. A 20-kip overhead traveling crane services this area. The laboratory is equipped with a concrete moisture curing room, concrete durability room, adequate space for the fabrication and testing of specimens and sufficient space for material and specimen storage.
Three computer controlled uniaxial test frames (20kip, 220kip and 1000kip) are used to evaluate structural materials, connections and components. In addition, the laboratory is equipped with numerous hydraulic rams, pumps, data acquisition systems and other necessary materials to evaluate structural systems.
The structural laboratory facility includes standard laboratory equipment for the production and testing of concrete. The concrete materials laboratory includes:
Fresh concrete properties testing equipment available to test:
Hardened concrete properties testing equipment available to test:
Nondestructive testing of structures concrete ultrasound