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FACILITIES

The department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering (BCEE) houses several laboratories that support research and teaching in the areas of Structural and Infrastructure Engineering.

The Structures and Infrastructure Testing Laboratory

(Hall Building H-0023)

Funded by CFI, NSERC, FQRNT, and industry, the upgraded Structures lab at Concordia is equipped with state-of-the art structural testing facility. The facility is capable of testing different structural elements and assemblages, including columns, bridge girders, frames, and walls that are made of concrete, masonry, steel, or their combinations. The testing mode could be static, cyclic, or dynamic (to simulate wind or seismic forces).

The lab has a strong frame that is equipped with three servo-hydraulic actuators, an MTS digital servo-controller, two hydraulic service manifolds and a high capacity hydraulic power unit. This new test system is capable of large-scale static and dynamic structural simulation and applies precise, variable loads both vertically and horizontally.

Each heavy duty, double acting, servo-hydraulic actuator is capable of applying force up to 1000 kN in either compression or tension. They are equipped with: precision computer controlled servo valves, LVDT’s for measuring displacement and load cells for measuring force. Swivel bases and rod ends provide pivotal freedom at both ends of the actuators. The servo-controller combines precise, real-time, closed loop control and function generation to drive the system’s hydraulic and mechanical components. The testing facility also includes wireless strain and acceleration sensors and data acquisition for fibre optic and wireless sensors, which are particularly useful for on-site assessment and structural health monitoring of existing structures.

 

Structure Safety Simulation Labs:

(Engineering Building, EV, CFI labs)

The computer labs are equipped with software packages covering the following research areas: Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis; Simulation of response of structures to Dynamic and Blast excitations; Seismic hazard simulations. Specifically, the labs have the following specialized software: ABAQUS, ANSYS, HyperWorks, OpenSees, Perform3D, VicTor, and others.

In addition, the lab has highly specialized equipment, instrumentation, and software packages for on-site monitoring, non-destructive assessment, and field measurements for various existing infrastructures, such as concrete and steel bridges, dams, pipelines, transmission towers, buildings, etc.

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