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Geotechnical Engineering Facilities

The Geotechnical Engineering Facilities occupy about 3500 square feet of floor space, and have standard and advanced testing equipment. Advanced soil mechanics testing equipment includes: four Trautwein GeoTAC computer-automated workstations for consolidation, triaxial, direct shear, and permeability testing; two 3-position pressure panels; and one shake table for relative density testing.

Advanced soil dynamics testing equipment includes: one four-channel dynamic signal analyzer (Agilent 35670A); various velocity and acceleration sensors; two modally turned impact hammers of different sizes; and one free-free resonant column/pulse test system. This equipment can be used for determining small-strain dynamic properties (i.e., Young’s modulus, shear modulus, Poisson’s ratio, damping ratio) of various civil engineering materials in both the laboratory and field. Field tests possible with the equipment include: spectral analysis of surface waves (SASW), seismic crosshole and downhole, reflection/refraction, and vibration monitoring.

Computational facilities include networked PC’s and workstation clusters. PCs and printers are located in all faculty offices, most graduate offices, and all geotechnical engineering laboratories. In addition, the University has state-of-the-art high-performance computing capabilities that are available for research purposes.