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Mechanical characterisation of materials and structures

  • 230 m2 strong floor with maximum test span of 20 m
  • Biaxial reaction walls made of modular FRC blocks
  • Two travelling cranes with maximum capacity of 100 kN
  • Load frame with a pseudo-dynamic actuator with maximum capacity of 1000 KN in compression and 650 KN in tension
  • Dynamic axial test machine INSTRON 8803 with 2 column frame and ±500 KN actuator
  • Dynamic axial test machine INSTRON 8805 with 4 column frame and ±1000 KN actuator
  • Compression test machines with max capacities of 3000 kN, 200 kN and 10 kN
  • Compression test machine with 4500 KN actuator and 4 column load frame
  • Frames for creep tests with 620 kN jack
  • Automatic concrete batching plant with a capacity of 250 liters
  • Concrete mixer with a capacity of 40 liters
  • Mortar mixers with a capacity of 5 liters and of 20 liters
  • Viscosimeter for measuring rheological parameters of concrete and mortar
  • Humid chamber of 20ºC and 100% RH
  • Climate chamber of 20ºC and 50% RH
  • Accessible test chamber at controlled and programmable environment with -15ºC /+50ºC and 30%-80% RH

Digital Fabrication

  • Digital Fabrication Experimental tools (Microcontrollers, Sensors and Actuators)

Chemical Characterisation of Materials

  • Percolation columns for leaching tests
  • Agitation leaching test
  • Tank leaching test
  • Rapid chloride permeability test equipment
  • High-performance liquid chromatography system (HPLC)
  • Equipment for diffusion test
  • Stereo microscope and optical microscope
  • System for test of water penetration under pressure
  • Muffle Furnace
  • Curing Tank
  • Autoclave
  • Potentiometer/Conductometer
  • Proctor compaction test device
  • Disc mills and jaw crushers
  • Equipment to spray cement pastes and mortars to test admixtures

In-situ testing and sampling

  • Screw (helix) pull-out load test unit for mortar and bricks
  • Windsor Pin penetrometer for concrete, mortar and bricks
  • Stud driving method to assess the compressive strength
  • Ultrasound testing equipment
  • Concrete rebound test hammer
  • Inductive method to assess fibre content and orientation in fibre reinforced concrete
  • Core drilling machine for in-situ sampling of masonry and concrete