Our Labs

High Bay Structures Lab

The new, state-of-the-art, high-bay structures laboratory housed in the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence features a 350m2 strong floor, 10-m high clearance, and 6-m high L-Shaped reaction wall. This lab has the capability to offer large-scale experimental testing with the aid of high capacity and large stroke static and dynamic hydraulic actuators, hydraulic pumps, servo-controlled systems, 600 kN Universal Testing Machine, and 12.5 TON overhead crane. In addition, a full suite of other supporting equipment are available for smaller scale testing.

Materials & Mechanics Lab

The Mechanics and Materials Laboratory houses a multitude of teaching frames and systems designed to demonstrate structural engineering principles through experimental work. The experiments taught in this lab include: Bending Moments in a Beam, Deflection of Beams and Cantilevers, Bending Stresses in a Beam, Buckling of Struts, Continuous and Indeterminate Beams, Redundant Trusses, Bending Moments in a Portal Frame and Frame Deflections and Reactions. The Laboratory also houses a Universal Testing Machine which is used to demonstrate and test the strength of materials.  Tests performed in the Universal Testing Machine include user-programmable tension, bending and compression tests. This 600 kN load frame allows for the testing of a variety of materials such as steel alloys, wood and concrete. All experimental work performed in the laboratory are carried out in teams, fostering cooperation and co-ordination among students.

Environmental Engineering Lab

The new Environmental Teaching Laboratory housed in the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence features a 100 m2 state-of-the-art lab equipped for drinking and contaminated water with a focus to promote hands-on experience for undergraduate students in environmental engineering courses including: sanitary engineering, landfill design, drinking water treatment and design, and solid waste management. The Environmental Teaching Laboratory provides multiple experimental setups for up to 24 students (up to 6 groups) to permit similar activities to be performed in a teamwork setting. The lab was designed to encourage student collaboration  and to use expose student to different water chemistry and solid characterization equipment.

Geotechnical Engineering Lab

The Geotechnical Engineering Teaching Laboratory located in Room 034 Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence includes all the modern laboratory equipment that are used by the geotechnical engineering industry. The list of equipment comprises Casagrande and Swedish Fall Cone apparatuses for consistency limits, sieve stacks and shakers for grain-size distribution, Standard and Modified Proctor equipment for compaction characteristics, constant- and falling-head permeameters, bench-top groundwater models, unconfined compression test frames, pneumatic consolidometers, pneumatic direct shear apparatuses, computer-controlled stress path triaxial apparatuses, viscometer, lab vane shear device, sample preparation and storage equipment, moisture content ovens, fume cupboards, and test set-ups and instruments used for characterizing unsaturated soils. The lab space is designed to accommodate up to 24 students in 6 teams of 4 students to encourage conducting laboratory experiments in a collaborative teamwork environment.

Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics Lab

The Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics Lab housed in the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence. The lab features novel equipment for fluid flow and drag simulations with a focus on providing real-life demonstrations such as flow with radial gates, weirs, turbulent and laminar flow, pressure loss, flow around objects, and flow through pipes. The lab also houses an experimental flume side walls with the experimental sections are made of tempered glass, which allows excellent observation of the experiments. The flume provided an opportunity to study phenomena such as uniform and non-uniform discharge, flow transition (hydraulic jump), energy dissipation (hydraulic jump, stilling basin), flow over control structures: weirs (sharp-crested, broad-crested, ogee-crested), water surface profiles, transient flow: waves vibrating piles and sediment transport. The laboratory has a capacity to house up to 30 students, which allows them to work closely with the equipment in groups. Group work encourages student collaboration and help them understand the applications of hydraulics and fluid mechanics in the real world.

Transportation Materials Lab