The Department of Civil Engineering of BUET provides its students with the best labs for all the four majors: Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Environmental Engineering. The labs are kept under the supervision of senior Professors with the help of highly skilled and experienced lab assistants. Below is the slight overview of what to expect from the laboratories of this department in terms of lab equipment and the tests carried out there which by no means covers the entirety of the labs.
1. Structure and Materials lab
The laboratory is housed on the ground floor of the Civil Engineering Building and has a floor area of 6,000 sqft. This is the largest structural engineering testing facility in the country equipped with modern testing machines and equipment. Routine strength tests of various materials like steel, timber, plastic, rubber etc. are carried out in the Structures and Materials Laboratory as per the relevant standards. On-site nondestructive strength evaluation is also conducted.
Some of the testing machines include ten universal testing machines with various capacities, of which four have a capacity of 200 ton, impact testing machine, compression testing machine for beams (capacity: 10 ton), column buckling test frame, hardness tester machine etc. A few of the many tests carried out in this lab are tension test including wt. and elongation, bend test, HT wire tension test, impact test, prestressing wire and anchorage test, hydraulic jack testing and calibration in the 1000 ton reaction frame etc.
2. Concrete Lab
It is situated on the ground floor of the Civil Engineering Building, just beside the Structures and Materials Lab., having a floor area of 6,000 sqft. Routine strength tests of various materials like concrete, brick, cement etc. are carried out in the Concrete Laboratory as per the relevant standards. On-site nondestructive strength evaluation is also conducted.
Four compression testing machines with capacities of 200 ton, two concrete mixers, two masonry saws, stone cutting machine, curing pond, dry-heat sterilizer, pipe- testing machine, concrete core cutter etc. are the most commonly used equipment in this lab. Various tests of cement are carried out in this lab that include initial and final setting time, compressive strength at different ages, sp. gravity test, fineness etc. Tests on brick include efflorescence, salinity, compressive strength, water absorption etc. Other tests are sieve analysis of fine and coarse aggregates, determination of unit weight, fineness, sp. gravity and absorption of fine and coarse aggregates etc.
The concrete laboratory also houses two frame testing machine where load test on various scaled down models of frame structures are carried out as part of the research conducted by the faculty members and students. There are a modern computer controlled shaking table and a locally made shaking table that enables students and teachers to conduct research on seismic design of buildings and structures.
3. Environmental Lab
This laboratory with a floor area of 2,800 sqft is on the 3rd floor of the Civil Engineering Building. The well-equipped laboratory is the most advanced of its kind in the country and have equipment, facilities and highly experienced laboratory technicians for detailed analysis of water, wastewater, industrial effluent, oil-drilling mud and cutting, air and noise quality etc. The laboratory also facilitates the model testing of water and wastewater treatment systems.
Two UV spectrophotometers, double distillation machine, deionizing water machine, automatic dehumidifier mac