Construction Materials and Structural Mechanics Laboratory aims at providing students of Civil Engineering with a better understanding of the behavior and design of structural systems under the actions of static and dynamic (seismic) loads. This is made possible by making students work in groups on projects where they are expected to analyze, design, fabricate and physically test scaled-down models of certain types of structures; high-rise buildings, towers and bridges. The goal is to design strong and cost-effective structural systems. Cost-effectiveness is achieved using the least possible amount of material. Hence the goal is to produce lightweight structural models that can meet the minimum strength and deflection criteria set at the beginning of the design stage.
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences