Experimental Laboratories

DECivil’s experimental laboratories are used to support teaching, research and consultancy work in Civil Engineering. We list some of the laboratories in the DECivil that are more closely related to FUNDEC's consultancy activities:

Construction Laboratory

The Construction Laboratory (CL) supports activities related to teaching and technical and scientific research in the realms of production, technology and materials performance (including recycled content and advanced materials), building products and systems in buildings. It can conduct all relevant laboratory and in-situ tests and trials to support design, quality control at the construction stage, and the use and refurbishment / restoration of buildings.

Geotechnics Laboratory

The Geotechnics Laboratory (LABGEO) has contributed to the development of teaching and research in the physical, mechanical and hydraulic characterization of geomaterials. LABGEO offers an extensive array of equipment that allows all relevant tests relative to the loading and quality control of piles to be performed. We can also carry out seismic tests in-situ and static and dynamic lab tests in undrained or drained conditions to characterize the hydromechanical behaviour of geomaterials.

Structures and Strength of Materials Laboratory

The Structures and Strength of Materials Laboratory (LERM) is used for teaching, research, technology development and consulting services in the area of civil engineering structures and their structural materials. LERM has a wide range of equipment that enables tests and studies to be undertaken in the lab and in-situ, for the purposes of the analysis, safety verification, monitoring and design of structures made of concrete, steel and a combination of them, and masonry, as well as testing in the areas of durability and the strengthening of structures in general.

Hydraulics and Environment Laboratory

The Hydraulics and Environment Laboratory (LH) carries out experimental research and offers support to the undergraduate and postgraduate (master’s and doctoral) programmes. It is equipped to carry out experiments in the areas of river hydraulics, hydraulic structures, maritime hydraulics, and pressure flow hydraulics.

Transport and Communications Networks Laboratory

The Transport and Communications Networks Laboratory is designed to support the development of research and classes in the mechanics of road and airport runway pavements and their foundations, mechanics of rail track pavements and their foundations, and traffic engineering. It can perform all relevant tests relating to the quality control and performance evaluation of road and runway paving materials, as well as tests on rail track ballast and foundations, and counts and dynamic evaluation of road traffic.