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  Karl H. Kettelhut Structural Engineering Laboratory View 1  

The Karl H. Kettelhut Structural Engineering Laboratory, located within the School of Civil Engineering Building, is a 500 square meter space with a strong floor designed to resist large vertical and horizontal loads. The laboratory is used by researches to test structures and structural components, and allow for an improved understanding of structural behavior. Several beams are shown in their setups.

The strong floor, spread over 226 square meters of the laboratory floor area, consists of a 1.8 meter square grid to tie-down and lateral thrust anchors for support of loading frames used for component testing. Each anchor point has a 48-ton capacity. The laboratory can accommodate specimens up to 15 meters long. In addition, the hydraulic system can supply 260 liters per minute.

A complement of servo-hydraulic linear actuators is available to test detailed structural components. Specimens may also be testing using either a 600-kip universal-testing machine that has 7.6-meter vertical clearance or 300-kip servo-hydraulic materials testing system. Modern instrumentation, including a number of multi-channel computer controlled data acquisition systems, is available for measurement and data collection.


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