About the National Infrastructure Laboratory
This facility was created to find new ways of improving existing infrastructure and developing cost-effective ways of designing and building new infrastructure.
It is home to 5 engineering laboratories:
Large structures testing laboratory
This strongfloor laboratory is 30m long, 15m wide and 7m high, and hosts a wide range of testing rigs and hydraulically powered test actuators to apply realistic loading to structures and sub-structures. It also allows data-rich structural testing, using multi-axis actuation and advanced image analysis techniques to detect system behaviour.
Testing and structures research laboratory
This materials and sub-structure testing facility features a wide range of static, cyclic and high strain rate machines to test a variety of materials across loading scales, length scales, temperature scales and strain rates. Non-contact, non-destructive techniques, especially image analysis, are used to quantify damage and defects.
This laboratory has equipment for both standard and advanced soil element testing. Apparatus includes oedometers, triaxial machines, a hollow cylinder, a resonant column and a simple shear device. We also have custom-built machines to test ballast in bulk and at single particle contacts. The laboratory is also used for assembly and testing of field instrumentation.
This facility hosts research into renewable generation and urban energy performance. It forms a test bed for field instrumentation systems, including solar power devices and monitoring systems for buildings and the urban environment.
The centrifuge allows accelerated scale modelling of geosystems, such as earthworks, foundations and other civil engineering systems, that interact with the ground. The centrifuge spins the scale models to accelerations of up to 130 times Earth’s gravity. Experiments use state-of-the-art data acquisition, robotic manipulation and image analysis to address engineering challenges on land, by the coast or at the seafloor.