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Structural Engineering, Mechanics & Materials:
Facilities & Equipment

Civil Infrastructure Lab

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The Civil Infrastructure Laboratory is a dedicated facility for materials, pavement and structural engineering research provided with diverse space and equipment for micro-, meso- and macro (large)-scale testing, and associated office spaces for faculty, staff, and students.

The large-scale structures and pavements testing area features a 9 m (30 ft) high-bay area enclosing an 18 x 12 m (60 x 40 ft) strong testing floor and is serviced by an overhead crane. The laboratory is outfitted with materials and structural testing equipment for simulated mechanical and environmental loading capabilities and is supported by affiliated machine and wood shops. The laboratory is linked to the University computer facilities.

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  • Test large-scale prototype structural and pavement components and systems

  • Simulate multi-hazard (i.e., blast, fire, earthquake) loads through hybrid computational/physical testing methods

  • Simulate rolling fatigue loads and dynamic loads

  • Simulate environmental degradation on materials and structural systems

  • Proof test materials and structural concepts for government agencies and industry

Dimensions / Capacities of the Structures & Pavements Lab

Test Floor
  • 18.3 x 12.2 m (60 x 40 ft) floor area

  • 1.1 m (3.5 ft) reinforced concrete slab

  • Tie down points on a 0.61 x 0.61 m (2 x 2 ft) module in both directions

  • Load per tie down - 668 kN (150 kip)

  • Test Load Moment Capacity - 668.8 kN-m/m (150 kip-ft/ft)

  • Special Permit Test Load Moment Capacity - 1133.6 kN-m/m (255 kip-ft/ft)

Overhead Crane
  • 89 kN (20 kips)


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Map and Directions

  • From I-96, take the Okemos Road exit (110).
  • Go north on Okemos Road.
  • At the first traffic light turn left onto Jolly Road.
  • Watch for access road to 2851 Jolly Road on left just as you pass the Okemos High School.
  • The lab is the second building on the left after entering the access road.

Phone: (517) 355-5107 Fax: (517) 432-1827 E-mail: cee@egr.msu.edu
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
3546 Engineering Building Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226