ENG - G030 Structures Research Lab 1
Strong floor area and reaction frames in NUI Galway Structures Research Laboratory
Staff in the College of Engineering & Informatics at NUI Galway have many years experience in design and conducting full-scale testing of structural components and systems to static , dynamic and cyclic loadings. This is complemented with a strong competency in numerical modelling of these systems. NUI Galway has a 375 m2 state-of-the-art high-bay Structures Research Laboratory, the largest of its kind in the Republic of Ireland. This laboratory is equipped with:
- Facilities for full-scale tests to evaluate the static and dynamic performance of structural systems.
- Testing spaces that allow for a large number of configurations for testing small to large structural and mechanical elements and materials.
- 10m x 6m strong floor with anchor points at 500mm to 1000mm centres each having a capacity of 500kN.
- Large reaction wall.
- Servo-hydraulic testing machines with capacities ranging from 10 kN to 500 kN.
- Servo-hydraulic testing machine with environmental control chamber.
- 3.5m-high instrumented drop-weight impact tower.
- Static and fatigue testing of composite and metal specimens, including uniaxial and biaxial machines.
- Conditioning tanks with water temperatures up to 65° C and an environmental chamber for use during tensile testing.
- Data acquisition systems and sensors for measurement of load, deformation, strain, acceleration, moisture content, temperature and relative humidity.
- Mechanical timber grading machine.
Physical testing and finite element analysis of composite blade for 10m diameter tidal turbine at NUI Galway.
Zwick/Roell 250 kN Servo Hydraulic testing machine
DMG Denison Mayer group 500 kN Hydraulic testing machine
Zwick/Roell 500 kN Servo Hydraulic testing machine
Cook Bolinders timber grader