This facility offers a series of practical experiments designed to investigate the properties of a variety of materials used in civil engineering
The laboratory work is broadly based to develop an understanding of the properties of materials, in terms of their structure, use in the construction industry and methods of performance testing.
At level one laboratory study is concerned with introducing the student to the fundamental properties of such materials. The student is asked to investigate the physical and chemical properties in relation to appreciating why different materials are specified for particular elements within the structure, and why buildings stand up. An outline of the principal areas covered being:
Some final year research projects stem from level one work.
Students on some programmes of study may go on to build upon the knowledge accumulated at level one at levels two and three.
This workshop is adjacent to the main material laboratory and allows students to mix and cast concrete for use in the experiments in the laboratory. It also allows students to experience on site quality control tests.
A full range of typical soils mechanics tests are available in this facility. The full range of tests is given in the equipment list below.
This area offers multiple test machines able to test a wide variety of materials in tension, compression or flexural strength modes. It also includes a fatigue test machine able to simulate the effects of vibration on material strength.
James Hewell | Senior Technician
+44 (0)1772 89 3213 | Harris Building HB129
Gavin Kelly | Technician
+44 (0)1772 89 4216 | Harris Building HB126/HB129
LIS Customer Support Team LISCustomerSupport@uclan.ac.uk
+44 (0)1772 89 5355
Harris Building, HB127
Official workshop hours are: 9:30 to 12.30 and 13.30 to 16:30 (in practice technicians are often available outside of these times)