Laboratory of Structural and Traffic Division
Konstrukcijsko prometni laboratorij (KPL)
Structural and Traffic Laboratory at the Department of Civil Engineering represents common infrastructure intended to serve the needs of the following educational and research units: Chair of Concrete, Masonry and Timber Structures, Chair for Metal Structures, Chair of Testing in Materials and Structures, Chair of Structural and Earthquake Engineering, Chair of Mechanics, Chair of Buildings and Constructional Complexes, Chair of Soil Mechanics with Laboratory, Traffic Technical Institute, Chair of Construction IT and Chair of Mathematics and Physics. The laboratory is managed by the Laboratory Board and Head of Laboratory.
The laboratory is intended first and furthermost to practical implementation of the educational, scientific, research and professional activities of the educational and research units. Advantage is given especially to basic and applied research supporting undergraduate and graduate study, especially master and doctoral theses. The laboratory is also used for development and professional tasks with the purpose to provide personal qualification, maintain contacts with the construction industry and to strengthen our material assets, especially regarding the acquisition and modernisation of laboratory equipment. In order to provide qualification to our students and graduates at different levels of education, we encourage their cooperation is such tasks.
The laboratory building was finished in 1984 and was financed within a special educational community for civil engineering in Slovenia. With this laboratory the conditions for experimental work at the faculty improved considerably. The largest part of the laboratory consist of a universal testing area intended to material and mechanical tests of structural elements and experimental support to lectures and tutorials. Modern measuring and testing equipment allows us to set up demanding tests with static and quasi dynamic loading. The hall is equipped by a bridge lift that allows manipulation of larger specimens.
Head of the Chair:
Prof. Dr. Franci Steinman
Educational, research and professional activity
The laboratory provides for experimental part of tutorials for several courses. At the first cycle studies students are introduced to laboratory work within the courses Materials, Buildings I, Building Physics. At the second cycle, they learn about demanding experimental work within the course Renovation and Testing of Structures, where they perform and numerically analyse demanding tests. An increasing number of students also use the laboratory for their experimental work within diploma and master theses.
Testing and measuring equipment
The laboratory has been equipped in stages. Thus, in more than thirty years of its existence, equipment has been acquired that allows the implementation of various types of modern experimental investigations. Some important pieces of equipment are given below:
- testing floor with a modular system of steel structural elements;
- universal static testing machines with capacities of 5000 kN and 50 kN;
- Instron dynamic testing machine with a capacity of 1000 kN;
- Roell/Amsler dynamic testing machine with a capacity of 100 kN;
- servohydraulic testing system with two two-way pistons, each with a capacity of 250 kN;
- separate hydraulic pumps with the rate of flow of 76 and 18 l/min;
- ConTec rheometer,
- counter-flow mixer
- standardized mixer for malts and pastes.Important calibrated measuring equipment includes:
- displacement, acceleration, force and deformation meters;
- multichannel systems for data acquisition (HBM, Dewetron and Dewesoft).
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