Transportation Research Laboratory
The transportation research laboratory is equipped with advanced computing capabilities to support the on-going research activities and externally funded projects in the area of transportation systems planning and operations management. A network of high-computing servers is installed in the laboratory along with software tools that are widely used in the industry. The laboratory provides a rich hands-on and peer-to-peer learning environment for undergraduate and graduate students.
Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
The geotechnical engineering laboratory has a fully-automated multi-purpose testing machine that can be used to conduct triaxial, consolidation, flexible-wall permeability, swelling, and unconfined compression tests. The lab also has a fully-automated direct shear test machine. Traditional geotechnical testing equipment such as sieve analysis, hydrometer, constant head/falling head permeameter, liquid and plastic limits, compaction and relative density are also available. The lab is also home to high performance Windows-based workstations primarily used for research in the area of multiscale computational modeling of soil-fluid-structure systems.
Structural Engineering Laboratory
The structural engineering laboratory is located in the J. Lindsay Embrey Building. The laboratory houses a 100 kN capacity axial load frame for performing tension/compression testing. The facility has a strong floor capable of supporting scale structural experiments for research or classroom projects. As the need for monitoring and evaluation of existing infrastructure becomes more and more critical, the structures laboratory supports transducer and data acquisition design for the monitoring and evaluation of structures. Strain gages, accelerometers, signal conditioners, and data acquisition equipment provide students with all of the necessary tools with which to create an exhaustive monitoring system for field or lab use. Lastly, the structural engineering group utilizes SAP2000, MATLAB, and ANSYS to analytically solve interesting structural research and design problems. Students have access to the leading software used in research and industry.
Aqueous and Soil Chemistry Research Laboratory
The aqueous and soil chemistry research laboratory is well equipped with environmental, analytical instrumentation. Instruments of interest for water quality research include a total organic carbon (TOC) analyzer, a UV-visual spectrophotometer (UV-Vis), a surface area analyzer, an ion chromatograph (IC), a gas chromatography-mass spectrometer (GC-MS), a high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC), and an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS). The lab additionally has access to other analytical facilities at SMU including a scanning electron microscope (SEM), an isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS), an elemental analyzer, a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA), an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), atomic absorption spectrometer (AA), a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR), and a transmission electron microscope (TEM).
Environmental Research Laboratory
The environmental research laboratory is equipped with numerous meters, probes, nanopure water system, oven, fine and coarse analytical balances, autoclaves, shakers, rotators, centrifuges, fraction collectors, pumps, column equipments. Office space is available for the students. The lab is also equipped with high performance PCs, various programming languages, including Mathcad, Matlab, Python, various soft wares widely used in research and industry mainly in the area of modeling fate and transport of contaminants in the subsurface environments, geochemical and multi-component reactive transport modelling softwares including PHREEQC, PHT3D, GMS (Ground water Modeling System), as well as numerous pre/post processing packages.