Pitt | Swanson Engineering
Loading and Data Acquisition

Loading Concrete Specimens and Large Scale Pavement Sections/Structural Members

The following research equipment is available in the structures and pavement research laboratories.

Testing Machines

  • 200 kip Baldwin universal testing machine with new Satec controller
  • 20 kip MTS Universal testing machine with hydraulic grips
  • 400 kip Test Mark testing machine with attachments for measuring split tensile, flexural and compressive strength

Pumps

  • 60 GPM Edison hydraulic power unit with a Sauer-Sundstrand pump
  • 60 GPM Shore-Western hydraulic power unit
  • 10 GPM MTS hydraulic power unit

Controllers

  • Test Star IIm 7-axis controller
  • MP2000 2-channel controller box for linear variable deflection transducers
  • MTS 458 controller with micro-profiler and 3 load-control cards
  • MTS 442 controller with function generators

Data Acquisition

  • 2-36 Channel Dataq 760 dynamic data acquisition systems
  • Vishay-Mirco Measurements System 5000
  • 3-CR1000 Campbell Scientific datalogger
  • 2- CR23X Campbell Scientific datalogger
  • CR 21 x Campbell Scientific datalogger
  • 2-CR10X Campbell Scientific datalogger
  • CR7 Campbell Scientific datalogger

Actuators

  • 2 - 250 kip MTS fatigue rated actuators with 60 GPM Moog servo-valves
  • 3 - 250 kip actuators with 60 GPM Moog servo-valves
  • 50 kip MTS actuator with 60 GPM Moog servo-valve
  • 25 kip MTS actuator with 60 GPM Moog servo-valve
  • 2 - 100 kip actuators
  • Many other long stroke rams (1 kip - 300 kips)
  • Varied and numerous Enerpac rams
 
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Load Cells

  • 2 - 200 kip Strainsert load cells
  • 2 - 200 kip Senso-Tech load cells
  • 100 kip Strainsert load cell
  • 50 kip Lebow load cell

The lab also includes a 10-ton crane for moving large-scale specimens and test components. A reaction floor is also available so large-scale test frames can be easily assembly to accommodate specialized loading conditions.