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POSTPONED: Large-Scale Structural Testing Facility Groundbreaking

In light of Hurricane Harvey the groundbreaking celebration
of the

Large-Scale Structural Testing Facility has been postponed.

More information will be shared as plans are determined.

We thank you for your interest in supporting this unique, innovative testing facility.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: UTSA's Main Campus, on the far-north portion of Barshop Blvd., adjacent to Residential Lot 4, in West Campus.

Speakers to include:

JoAnn Browning, Ph.D., P.E., Dean, UTSA College of Engineering
Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D., P.E., UTSA Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Walter Downing, P.E., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Research Institute
Gregg Freeby, P.E., Director of TxDOT’s Bridge Division

At 15,000 square feet, this is the largest institutional project, fully managed in house, in UTSA history. Significant in many ways, the building will be a game changer for our Civil and Structural Engineering research and will have implications locally, regionally, and internationally. 

This building will transform engineering education and research at UTSA. The facility will feature a strong floor with the capacity to test loads up to 1M pounds over the entire testing area and up to 4M pounds in a thicker region of the floor, providing researchers the ability to test large-scale systems and components with spans of up to 80 feet. The high-bay facility will also allow testing of full-scale buildings up to 45 feet tall.

The laboratory will have a 30-ton crane capacity to load, unload, and transport heavy specimens, as well as a large-capacity Hydraulic Power Supply (HPS) and high-pressure distribution lines that will facilitate the use of servo-controlled actuators anywhere in the test floor.  The HPS and distribution system will provide the ability to induce large loads at very high deformation rates, allowing researchers to simulate a wide range of problems including high cycle fatigue, earthquake, and blast loads.  The structural testing area will be complemented with support areas for fabrication and instrumentation of specimens, offices for students, faculty, and staff, and a conference room where visitors will be able to observe tests being performed in the lab.

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Updated 8-24-2017