Virtual Reality Suite
All Built Environment students have access to the labs, where you can take part in practical sessions examining the role of materials used in all fields of construction. These sessions allow you to apply the knowledge gained from lectures, and reinforce your learning in a practical setting.
The laboratories house all the necessary facilities to support the areas of construction materials, hydraulics, environmental science/engineering and thermodynamics and sustainability.
You will also have access to specialist computer facilities and portable equipment for concrete testing, building surveying, land surveying, geotechnics, thermal imaging and more.
Rising Groundwater ExperimentThis enables you to witness the practical effect of the theory of effective stress. You are able to see that as the water level rises, the effect stress falls and eventually the foundations fail.
Beam LoaderYou will make beams using replacements for cement, since cement has a high carbon footprint.
Thermal Radiation Apparatus
You can measure the thermal properties of different metal plates, with or without insulation, using this equipment
In the class room students analyse similar frames and then in the lab they can apply loads to this frame and compare the measured values of forces, in each structural member, to their calculated values.
The frame electronically records tiny amounts of movement (using strain gauges), students then are able to convert these readings into force values.
Sonic Integrity Tester
This instrument is a widely used tool for measuring the quality of a concrete mix. A pulse wave is tranfered through the cube. Any cracks or air bubbles will show up as a low reading.
This test is often used in-situ on piles in particular, as it is a non-destructive test, easy to perform and cost effective.