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Testing and Geotechnical Laboratory

75 m2 laboratory in which more than 160 standardized tests can be carried out.


75 m2 laboratory

The laboratory has a Testing Laboratory and a Geotechnical Laboratory.


Standardized tests

In the laboratory, more than 160 standardized tests can be carried out.

Testing laboratory (Destructive and Non-Destructive)

Testing laboratory (Destructive and Non-Destructive) to learn about the behaviour of materials and mechanisms, as well as to design new ones.

Geotechnical Laboratory

The Geotechnical Laboratory is used to determine the behaviour of the land so that it can withstand the loads to which it will be subjected due to the weight of buildings, civil works, industrial deposits, etc.

Students can practice the following concepts:

  • Physical, mechanical, thermal, thermal conductivity and durability tests, etc. Study of concrete, metals, polymers, rocks, construction materials (behaviour of materials after being subjected to external agents).
  • Design of materials such as concrete, polymers and others as proof of results through tests.
  • Study of mechanisms, frames, trusses, behaviour of reinforced concrete beams designed by students.
  • Assisting in the materials and mechanisms of architectural, engineering and UE Formula Club models in testing and manufacturing.
  • Structural pathology with non-destructive testing.
  • Study and improvement of terrains, to support the load of buildings and structures such as bridges, roads, landing strips, etc.

With hands-on practice, it is possible to understand better how the materials will behave, as well as to carry out dimensioning of pieces and mechanisms, to foresee undesired behaviours and, if they occur, to solve them.

The mathematical results obtained in a theoretical way do not predict certain responses of the material that are analyzed here, going beyond simulation or theoretical learning. This knowledge is vital to train professionals who have internalized the knowledge and not simply memorized it.

Hands-on laboratory practice to become familiar with the regulations and method of conducting tests in the areas of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Industrial Engineering.

Practice sessions are carried out in End-of-Degree Projects, End-of-Master Projects and Doctoral Theses.

Support for other areas of the UEM such as Dentistry and Biotechnology as well.

  • 200 Tn compression press; and 20 Tn and 2 Tn multi-test presses.
  • Thermographic cameras, 3D scanner, thermohygrometers, lux meters, sound level meters, anemometers, C02 measuring devices.
  • 100x magnification microscope, hardness tester (for metals).
  • 30 kg scales with precision to 0.5 g and 4.2 kg scales with precision to 0.001 g.
  • Ultrasound tool, steel detector and porosity meter (for concrete durability in structural pathologies).
  • Tachymeters and levels for topography.
  • 250º and 1300 ºC stoves and flasks, as well as a -30 ºC freezer for heat treating samples.
  • Concrete mixers, screens and sieves; concrete vibrators.
  • For Geotechnics: 3 Oedometers, Direct cutting instrument, soil compactor, Lambe, thermostatic bath for measurement of sedimentation particle size.
  • UNE, ASTM, and NLT test regulations.

Software used:

  • SERVOSIS PCD2K software.
  • Scene and Rhino 3D software for treating images captured by the 3D Scanner.
  • Pasco Data Studio dynamometer data management software.