Lab Equipment

2,500,000 Lbs. MTS Testing System

The MTS testing system provides a 2,500,000 lbs load capacity in compression and 1,600,000 lbs in tension. It has a 12-in. stroke actuator, 14 ft by 6.6 ft clear space, 75 gpm power supply, and a versatile TestStar control system. The closed-loop, servo-control system allows tests to be...

Universal Element Tester

A high capacity and full-size panel tester has been established in 1988 at the University of Houston. It can perform biaxial or triaxial tests on reinforced concrete panels 1.4 m square and up to 0.4 m thick. Each panel represents an element cut out from large structures, such as shear walls,...

Vertical Loading System - Test Frame Setup with Specimen

A vertical loading system was constructed at the University of Houston Structural Laboratory that allows testing of full scale girders with 20 ft span and 36 inches in depth. The test frame was specially designed to have a working capacity of 1050 kips. Four MTS hydraulic actuators, A, B, C and...

Data Acquisition System

LVDTs, strain gauges (SR4), Demacs, and held-hand microscopes are available in the structural laboratory to allow measuring of deflections, strains and cracking while performing structural testing. The collected measured data is stored into a 64-channel HBM Spider 8 data acquisition system. The...

Horizontal Loading System

The horizontal loading system at the University of Houston is a steel cantilever system and is shown in the image. By means of computer controlled hydraulic actuators, it is possible to perform testing of structural members and control the resulting movements with high precision. The reaction...