Department of Civil Engineering

Our Laboratories

Strength of Materials Laboratory

In order to design and construct safe, economic structures, engineers must stay up-to-date with the latest methods of structural analysis, new structural modeling concepts for computation, advanced structural design, and structural material technology.

The strength of materials laboratory provides comprehensive modern facilities for research and teaching in structural engineering, solid mechanics and construction materials. The Engineering Materials laboratory and Strength of Materials laboratory are spread over approximately 5000 square feet of floor area.

    Test facilities include tests on general properties of concrete, tests for specific gravity, unit weight, moisture content, absorption capacity of coarse and fine aggregate, FM of coarse and fine aggregate, different tests on brick mortar and cement, direct tensile and compressive strength of cement mortar, tests on stress-strain and mechanical properties of materials: tension, direct shear and impact tests of mild steel specimens, slender column tests, static bending tests, hardness tests of metals, torsional tests of different types of materials, helical spring tests.

    Among the instruments available, universal testing machine, spring testing machine, hardness testing apparatus, compression (crushing) testing apparatus, brick cutter and capping apparatus etc. are mostly used for different tests. In the current year, one digital universal testing machine, one concrete core cutter, vibro consistometer, cement mortar mix are bought for the development of the laboratory and enhancement of research facilities.

    Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory

    Geotechnical Engineering provides an understanding of the behavior of soils and rocks, and application to problems of design and construction in Civil Engineering, resources development, and man-made hazard mitigation. The relevant courses include mechanics of soils; exploration, testing, and instrumentation in soil engineering; foundation engineering, earth structures, engineering geology. 

    The Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory covers a floor area of approximately 2100 square ft. The state-of-the-art laboratory is equipped with advanced facilities to support both undergraduate teaching and postgraduate research. Field test facilities include Field Identification Test, Specific Gravity Test, Atterberg Limit Test, Grain Size Analysis by sieve and hydrometer, Relative density test, Field density test, Permeability test, Compaction test, unconfined compression test, Direct shear test, and Consolidation tests.

    The following are some of the special equipment in this laboratory: Consolidation testing machine, CBR compaction machine, Direct shear test machine, Triaxial testing apparatus, Unconfined compression test machine, Electric mixing apparatus, a sample injector, Hydrometer jar bath, Water bath etc. 

    Environmental Engineering Laboratory

    Environmental Engineering plays a leading role in contaminated sediment transport; innovative physical, chemical and biological water and wastewater treatment processes; mathematical models for environmental quality management; mixing and transport phenomena of pollutants in natural and man-made systems and water resources management and engineering. The Environmental Engineering Laboratory, covering an area of 2200 square ft, is fully equipped with modern instrumentation. Physical, chemical and bacteriological tests of water and wastewater, design of water supply system are available.

    Sophisticated instrumentation includes   Atomic Adsorption Spectrophotometer, TOC analyzer, and research microscopes etc. plus a full range of standard equipment for performing routine environmental analysis such as pH, DO, BOD, COD, N, Hardness, Conductivity, Alkalinity, Bacteriological analyses etc. Numerous complete and functional water and wastewater treatment facilities are available for teaching and research purposes.

    Transportation Engineering Laboratory
    Coursework and research provide knowledge and skills in transportation planning and economics, traffic engineering and design of highway and other transportation facilities essential for the implementation of infrastructure projects.
    The Transportation Engineering Laboratory enables experiments to be conducted for the design of bituminous and concrete pavements. Tests on subgrade, subbase and base materials, bituminous mix design and roadway capacity studies are also available. Equipment is available for the identification and determination of the properties of bituminous binders and asphalt mixtures, Penetration testing machine, Los Angeles abrasion testing apparatus, Impact testing apparatus, CBR testing apparatus, Ovens of different kinds etc.

    Hydraulic Engineering Laboratory
    This laboratory covers an area of 2400 sq. ft. various multidisciplinary issues in planning, design, implementation, operation, and maintenance of different hydraulic structures are important aspects of the laboratory. The largest of several sections in the hydraulic laboratory is employed for experimental work on open channel flow, sediment transport, wave motion, river and estuary models and hydraulic structures. The Hydraulic Engineering Laboratory is also well equipped with fluid friction apparatus, Venturimeter, sluice gate, Bernoulli’s apparatus, surface tension determination, jet impact, flow meter demonstration rig, Pelton impulse turbine models of different projects.