Geotechnical Engineering & Transportation Systems
The geotechnical program operates the Geomechanics Research Laboratory which houses a wide array of unique experimental systems to conduct both laboratory and field testing of geotechnical problems. The testing equipment and instrumentation include a number of specialized sensors, custom testing setups, and a variety of loading systems, such as: a 20 kip hydraulic closed-loop servo-valve controlled axial-torsional system with an electro-pneumatic closed-loop controlled system and a 200 kip closed-loop controlled stepping motor system; and a flexible-wall model soil container for use on a shaking table. Most laboratory testing setups are fully equipped with computer-based data acquisition ystems. In-situ testing devices are also available for both teaching and research.