Department of Civil Engineering
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.