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