Laboratory experiments are important for students to achieve student learning outcomes and ultimately, the program learning objectives. The primary physical testing laboratories in the civil engineering department include 1) Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics Laboratory, 2) Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory, and 3) Construction Materials and Structures Laboratory.
Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics Laboratory
Fluid mechanics and hydraulics laboratory is equipped with to demonstrate concepts related to the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and hydraulics such as a hydrostatic bench to measure the fluids properties such as density, viscosity, surface tension, pressure, and hydrostatic forces. The laboratory also includes hydraulics benches and flow meters to measure fluid discharge and verify the Bernoulli equation. A flume is available to demonstrate the flow characteristics in open channels. Other setups include a wind tunnel to determine the drag and lift forces on different objects and hyro-machinery setups to demonstrate the centrifugal pumps and fans characteristics. Undergraduate courses that use these laboratories include CIV242L Fluid Mechanics Laboratory and CIV343 Hydraulics.
Soil Mechanics Laboratory
The Soil Mechanics Laboratory of the Civil Engineering Department is fully equipped and supported by highly qualified technical staff to respond to the needs of academic institutions, researchers, engineers and construction industries in addition to teaching lab.
Some of the major tests that can be performed at Soil Mechanics Laboratory include, 1) Specific gravity, 2) Atterberg Limits, 3) Sieve analysis (Mechanical & Hydrometer), 3) Soil Classification, 4) Permeability test, 5) Proctor Test (Standard & Modified), 6) Field Density Test, 7) Consolidation, 8) Direct Shear Test, 9) Unconfined Compression Test, 10) Traixial Test
Construction Materials Laboratory
The Construction Materials Laboratory supports research and teaching goals of the Civil Engineering Department. The laboratory provides faculty and students with capabilities to assess various fresh and hardened concrete properties that may affect the performance of concrete structural elements, in addition to some asphalt related testing equipment. Some of the equipment and experiment setups in this laboratory include: compression testing machine, rapid chloride ion permeability test equipment, Vicat apparatus, sieve analysis test setup, slump test setup, concrete flexural testing machine, water permeability test, air entrainment meter, marshal stability and flow test, bitumen content using centrifuge extractor, bitumen content using ignition method, and CBR test, concrete Rheometer, curing tank, scales, and drying ovens.