ITW Structural and Strength of Materials

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ITW Structural and Strength of Materials
Teaching Laboratory

Civil & Materials Engineering


November 2009

Laboratory Needs

Introductory Strength of Materials, Properties
of Materials, and Structural Analysis Courses
are presently offered without laboratory

These courses are taken by over 600 students
per year

Space is available for the laboratory, and a
new faculty member qualified to supervise the
labs will join UIC in Spring 2010


Universal Testing System for

Basic Concepts

Metallic, Cementitious and Composite materials

Important in all basic materials and structures courses

Testing System Requirements for Basic Concepts

Universal Testing Machine

Capability for tension , and compressions tests with load capacities of up to 300 to 500 Kips to
accommodate compression testing of concrete cylinders

Tensile grips and compressions platens for testing of metallic and cementitious materials

Stiff frame for control and accurate measurement of displacements

Fixtures for shear tests either direct or torsion

Flexure test grips fixtures

Environmental test chamber for simultaneous mechanical and

thermal loading of specimens

High capacity silent flow pump for static and fatigue testing of specimens

(25 gpm or higher)

Software for control of test parameters

Photo of a typical system (from Instron’s web site)


Testing of Materials under High Rates of Loading

Impact Tests

Testing System Requirements for Impact Tests

Drop Weight Impact Testing System

High impact energies (20,000 joules or higher) for testing of a variety of materials
including concrete, steel, and fiber reinforced polymer composites

High impact velocities , i.e. 15
20 ft/s

Support fixtures for mounting and fixing the specimens

Test control software

Typical drop weight system from Instron’s website


Vibration and Seismic Loading


Understand durability of materials under repeated use.

Simulate actual seismic loads on structures

Evaluate Modal Characteristics of structures and machines prior and after damage or
repeated use

System requirements for Vibration Tests

Shaking Tables

axis Shaking Table Test System

Capability for 2 or more degrees of freedom vibration tests

Capability for application of a wide spectrum of frequencies 0.1

100 Hz. With
corresponding displacement strokes.

Capability for accepting mid
size structural components, i.e., a concrete column, or a small
scale building frame model

Software for load

displacement input control and acquisition and processing of data


Column and Cable Tests

Understanding basic concepts in structural stability of compression members,
i.e. columns

Understanding the basic concepts in the behavior of cables under fatigue and
direct tension load regimes

System Requirements for Cable/Column Test System

Long stroke range test frames for tension testing of cables in cabled structures

Compression tests for columns


4 meter specimen length capability

Horizontal design to accommodate laboratory height restrictions and long
specimen loading

Control and data acquisition software

Capability for fatigue loading



Testing System for Basic Concepts


Testing System for Impact Tests


System for Vibration Tests

Shaking Tables


System for Cable/Column Test System


Related Pumps and load grip assemblies

397 Senior Design Courses

Capstone Engineering Design course required
in every Engineering Program

Senior level students work in teams to address
significant engineering problems

Problems selected by students and faculty
with input from appropriate engineering

Results presented to public at Engineering

April of each year

Civil Engineering

Students present their Senior Design project for
a Pedestrian Bridge

over Halsted Street 4/21/2009