NUTL Civil Engineering Labs

Staff members in the Structural, Geotechnical, Transportation, Hydraulic, and Environmental Laboratories are experts on the various materials uses to build and maintain its structures, particularly in the areas of concrete, concrete repair, bitumen, soil, rock, and foundation materials. 

1. Structure Laboratory (NUTL)

Structures Laboratory is used for studying the behavior of structural elements and systems both on scale models and prototypes. Studies range from stress-strain analysis to the static test on scaled structural systems.

Testing capabilities:

  • Compression, bending and tensile testing of construction materials using the Universal testing machine
  • Hydraulic compression testing machine for testing concrete cylinders/blocks
  • State of the art equipment satisfying the teaching and research requirements
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT) facilities for concrete structures

2. Geotechnical Laboratory (NUTL)

Geotechnical Laboratory is well-equipped with testing equipment for evaluating all engineering properties of soils and rocks. This laboratory supports the experimental components included in civil engineering undergraduate curriculum.

Testing capabilities:

  • Soil classification
  • Abrasion testing i.e. Los Angeles equipment
  • Compaction characteristics of soils
  • Hydraulic characteristics
  • Compressibility
  • Rate of consolidation
  • Shear strength testing is networked with automated load control and data acquisition system
  • California bearing ratio test

3. Transportation Laboratory (NUTL)

Transportation engineering lab is well equipped with all the required instruments and equipment that are helpful in the overall understanding and practical knowledge of a student’s regarding various materials used in the construction in highways and motorways and also the traffic control systems. Beside this transportation laboratory supports research and education activities in many areas of transportation engineering.

Testing capabilities:

  • Bitumen and Asphalt testing i.e. Softening point, Viscosity, Ductility, Marshal stability test, flash and fire point test
  • Aggregate testing
  • Traffic Counting Devices
  • Surveying techniques i.e. GPS, Theodolite, Total station etc

4. Hydraulics Laboratory (NUTL)

Fluid Mechanic and Hydraulic Laboratory provides supports to undergraduate teaching so that students have the opportunity to see by themselves the essential fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering principles, and to verify the applicability of various assumptions, models and analysis methods.

Testing capabilities:

  • Fundamental Theories e.g. Bernoulli’s Theorem demonstration
  • Pipe flow and flow measurement
  • Open channel flow demonstration
  • Permeability quantification

5. Environmental Laboratory (NUTL)

Environmental Laboratory supports the environmental protection functions of state government by performing chemical, bacteriological and radiological analyses of environmental samples including drinking water, surface water, waste water, sediment, air, fish, soil and hazardous waste.

Testing capabilities:

  • General Chemistry
  • Metals Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Radiation Chemistry
  • Water Microbiology