Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Cyclic Testing
Fracture Mechanics
Full Size Testing
Monotonic Testing
Seismic Simulation

Monotonic Testing of Materials

NSEL has the resources available to conduct several material tests, including:

Tension tests: A method of determining the behavior of materials subjected to uniaxial loading which tends to stretch the metal. A longitudinal specimen of known length and diameter is gripped at both ends and stretched at a slow, controlled rate until rupture occurs.

Compression testing: A method for accessing the ability of a material to withstand uniaxial compressive loads.

Bearing testing: A method determining the response to load of sheet products that are subjected to riveting, bolting, or a similar fastening procedure.

Bend testing: Tests for determining the ductility or bending strength of a material. Click to read the laboratory's manual for Modulus of Rupture/Flexural Test (4-pt bending) of 6x6 inch (~150x150 mm) Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Beams using the JCI-SF4 method and ASTM C78 and C1609 methods.

Bi-axial test: Coupon-type specimens are tested at a bi-axial state of stress. Some examples include the biaxial test of high-performance fiber reinforced cementitious composites (HPFRCC).

Special design test: Any tests which require computer/manual control using transducers attached to a specimen, e.g. shrinkage of concrete at its early stage of life.

These tests can be performed on materials such as wood, concrete, and steel according to ASTM standards Vol. 3.01. Each test can also be conducted in a controlled environment (i.e. temperature and humidity control) and testing machines range from 20 - 600 kip. Further details can be found here.

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