Materials and Structures Lab in Votey Hall





Fluids Laboratory

Votey 101
1600 Sq ft.
Laboratory Supervisors: Will Louisos and George Pinder

Courses that use the laboratory:

  • CE 162Hydraulics Lab  
  • ME 123Thermo-Fluid Lab
  • CE 265Ground Water Hydrology 

Major Equipment:

  • 6-meter Re-circulating Flume and acrylic weirs (1), Engineering Laboratory Design, Inc. Purpose: The flume is used to create hydraulic jumps, analyze energy losses through the jump, and compare measured and theoretical depths downstream of the jump. Weirs are used in combination with a point gage to measure the pressure head and flow rate under different channel conditions.

  • Hydraulics Benches Armfield F1-10B. Used in conjunction with Venturi meters, sharp edge orifices, centrifugal pumps, and Osbourne-Reynolds demonstrations. The smaller bench format allows students to gain hands-on experience in small groups.

  • Venturi meter, pressure taps and mercury manometers
    Armfield F1-15 – Used to demonstrate Bernoulli’s Theorem. Students used the Venturi meter to determine flow characteristics through a pipeline meter, associated discharge coefficients, and measure the head losses in a pipeline meter.

  • Sharp-Edged Oriface and Free Flow Jet
    Armfield F1-17 – Used to determine the characteristics of flow through a small-edged orifice and to determine the coefficients of contraction, velocity and discharge.

  • Centrifugal pumps
    Armfield F1-27-G – Used to determine the constant speed characteristics of a centrifugal (radial flow) pump. Characteristics include head-discharge, power-discharge, and efficiency-discharge. The motor is instrumented with a Watt meter for power consumption readings. Bourdon-type pressure gages indicate the suction and discharge pressures, and discharge is measure by gravimetric methods.

  • Dead Weight Calibrator
    Armfield F1-11 – Used to calibrate the Bourdon-type pressure gages.

  • Osbourne-Reynolds Apparatus
    Armfield F1-20 – Used to study laminar flow, transitional flow, turbulent flow and associated velocity profiles.  Velocity measurements are used to calculate Reynolds numbers.
  • Hydrometers Custom built – Clear, acrylic, cylindrical tank with seat hole in the bottom and small side drain. Used to study the relationship of hydrostatics as it relates to forces on submersed bodies.
  • Water meter and test stand – Used to study the characteristics of a household water meter and determine its usefulness as a flow measuring device.
  • Flotek 1440 Wind Tunnel Used to study the properties of air flow around various objects including air foils.

Clean Materials Laboratory

Votey 246
600 sq. ft
Laboratory supervisor: John Novotny

Courses that use the laboratory:

  • ME124 – Materials and Mechanics Laboratory

Major equipment:

  • Dynamic Fatigue Testing Station (1) Instron 8801, Instron, Inc. Purpose: Perform fracture mechanics testing on steel specimens, including dynamic loading of dogbone specimens. Currently used with the Epsilon 3542 Axial Extensometer.

Materials & Structures Laboratory

Votey 114A
1545 sq. ft
Laboratory supervisor: Priyantha Wijesinghe

Courses that use the laboratory:

  • CE 170 – Structural Analysis I 
  • CE 101 – Materials and Structures Lab
  • CE 010 – Geomatics

Major Equipment:

  • COMING SOON! Dual Actuated Reaction Frame with 2" cylinder (3 kip) and 10" cylinder (150 kip) and RMC70 series Delta motion control for dynamic compression and tensile testing. DARF testing control is located in the Votey 114 Observation Room.
  • Tinius Olsen Loading Apparatus – Capacity 60,000 lbs. with screw gear drive and MTS control. The Tinius was a military donation at the time that Votey Hall was constructed in 1964 and has been in use over since. The Tinius is used in the Mechanics of Materials course to test standard specimens of various metals (steel, aluminum, brass, copper, cast iron. etc.) and for testing wood beams, small concrete beams, and student designed balsa wood trusses. It has been used for industrial purposes such initial testing by Burton Snow Boards and numerous other items of interest to local industries.
  • Concrete Compression Testing Machine – Capacity 300,000 lbs. Humbolt HCM-2500. Used to compress student-made concrete cylinders and cylinders collected in the field.
  • Dynamic Analysis Equipment available with accelerometers and impact hammers.Used to test the vibrations of small and large scale models.
  • Surveying equipment  – TopCon laser levels, optical and laser tribrachs, GPS systems, prism poles, level rods and tripods. Used in the CE 010 Geomatics course.

Geotechnical Laboratory

Votey 127
1400 sq. ft
Laboratory Supervisor: Mandar Dewoolkar

Courses that use the laboratory:

Major equipment:

  • Fully Automated Direct Shear Device (1). Purpose: To study shear strength of soils. The apparatus can also be used to perform reversal direct shear tests.

  • Fully Automated Combined Consolidation and Triaxial Device
    (1). Purpose: To study compressibility and shear strength of soils (drained, undrained, mixed, isotropic or anisotropic testing)
  • Instructional Centrifuge with Digital Image Analysis (1). Purpose: To study stability problems (slope stability, retaining structures, and shallow foundations).

  • Constant and Falling Head Permeameters
    (5). Purpose: To study hydraulic conductivity of soils.

  • Standard and Modified Proctor Devices
    (5). Purpose: To study compaction behavior of soils (includes proctor molds, hammers, and one automated hammering device).

  • Casagrande Devices for Atterberg Limits
    (5). Purpose: To study consistency limits (liquid limit and plastic limit) of soils.
  • Fall Cones (2). Purpose: To study consistency limits (liquid limit and plastic limit) of soils.

  • Sieve Sets and Hydrometers
    (5). Purpose: To study grain size distribution of soils.
  • Sand Cone Apparatus (5). Purpose: To study in situ density of soils.
  • 2D acrylic seepage models
    2-D Acrylic Seepage Models
    (3). Purpose:  Used to observe seepage behavior in the subsurface. Students use these models to determine the parameters of elevation, pressure, and total heads, flow rate, and hydraulic conductivity.
  • Hand Operated Field Equipment including Augers, Shelby tubes and samplers (2). Purpose: To auger and retrieve soil samples from subsurface.

Environmental Engineering Laboratory

Discovery W218
633 sq. ft
Laboratory Supervisor: Britt Holmen

Courses that use this laboratory:

  • CE 254 – Environmental Quantitative Analysis
  • CE 003 – Introduction to Civil & Environmental Engineering

Major Equipment:

  • Water quality analysis
    • Dissolved Oxygen Meters (6)
    • pH Meters (6)
    • Conductivity Meters (3)
    • Turbidity meters (6)
    • Hand-held Multimeters (6)
    • Microscopes (6), Standard Optical
  • Spectrophotometers (2)
  • Drying oven (1)
  • Incubator (1)
  • Benchtop centrifuge (1)
  • Peristaltic pumps (3)
  • Constantly flowing stirred tank reactor model (2)
  • Plug flow reactor model (1)
  • GC-FID (1), Gas chromatography with Free Induction Decay detection