Building Bridges That Stretch Outside WPI

The groundbreaking research we pursue in the Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) department happens in our state-of-the-art labs. Here, you’ll see undergraduate and graduate students and faculty collaborating to find solutions to civil engineering problems that affect us all, such as eradicating pollution from our water and soil and ensuring safe, sustainable structures, using up-to-the-minute equipment and methods. Learn about the CEE facilities that help make it happen here.

Structural Mechanics Impact Laboratory

This teaching and research laboratory is an impact laboratory used to explore the behavior of materials and components in collisions.

The laboratory consists of the following major pieces of equipment:

  • Instron Dynatup Model 8250 instrumented impact test system
  • High-speed video camera system
  • Data acquisition system
  • Large-mass drop tower

Fuller Environmental Laboratory

This laboratory is designed for state-of-the-art environmental analyses, including water and wastewater testing and treatability studies.

Major equipment includes the following:

  • Atomic absorption spectrophotometer
  • Total organic carbon analyzer
  • UV-Vis spectrophotometer
  • Particle counter
  • Ion chromatograph
  • Two gas chromatographs

Along with ancillary equipment such as centrifuges, an autoclave, incubators, balances, pH meters, and a water purification system, the laboratory is equipped for a broad range of physical, chemical, and biological testing. The laboratory is shared by graduate research projects, graduate and undergraduate courses (e.g., CE 4060 Environmental Engineering Laboratory) and undergraduate projects.

Pavement Research Laboratory

This lab supports graduate research and courses. The Pavement Research Laboratory’s array of equipment includes the following:

  • Compactor
  • Moisture susceptibility testing equipment
  • Loaded wheel tester
  • Extraction and recovery equipment

The laboratory contains advanced testing equipment, most notable of which are the material testing system, the model mobile load simulator, and an array of nondestructive testing equipment consisting of the portable seismic property analyzer, falling weight deflectometer, and ground penetrating radar.

A major focus of the Pavement Engineering program is the integration of undergraduate and graduate curricula with research projects funded by the Maine Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, New England Transportation Consortium, and the National Science Foundation.

Materials/Structural Laboratory

This laboratory is set up for materials and structures testing and used for undergraduate teaching and projects as well as graduate research. The laboratory is equipped for research activities including construction materials processing and testing. Materials tested in this lab include portland cement, concrete, asphalt, and fiber composites. The laboratory also has several large-load mechanical testing machines.

Geo/Water Resources Laboratory

This flexible teaching and research space provides support for research, undergraduate and graduate projects, and courses in the areas of geotechnical engineering and water resources. The laboratory provides benchtop laboratory space for completing soil and water quality analyses, a flexible area for working with larger lab configurations that cannot be placed on the benchtop, space for preparing equipment and supplies for field investigations, and a secure area for testing, developing, and storing both field and laboratory equipment. Laboratory equipment includes the following:

  • Fully automated stress-path-control triaxial testing system
  • Flexible wall permeameter
  • Other devices for determining basic soil properties
  • An aquarium and variety of tanks for demonstrating and testing equipment in water

Field equipment includes the following:

  • Flowmeters
  • Pumps for groundwater sampling
  • Water quality testing probes
  • A variety of equipment for hydrologic monitoring and water quality testing

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