Ted and Gloria Trueblood Cold Regions Engineering Lab

Frozen Specimen Testing

The Cold Regions Engineering Lab provides ample space to store, prepare, and test specimens in extreme cold temperatures and controlled humidity.  


Walk-in Freezer/Cold Room

The walk-in freezer/cold room contains three indepedently controlled chambers with 5" insulated walls allowing for simulateous operation at different temperatures.  Each chamber has a 48"x 84" door opening and 14" viewport window.  The chambers are equipped with standard electrical outlets and 4" pass-thru sleeves for additional cables. 

  • Cold Room
    • Minimum temperature: 4°C
    •  9'6" (w) x 9'0" (d) x 9'6" (h)
  • Right Freezer
    • Minimum temperature: -20°C
    • 8'6" (w) x 9'0" (d) x 9'6" (h)
  • Left Freezer
    • Minimum temperature: -30°C
    • 10'0" (w) x 9'0" (d) x 9'6" (h)
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Environmental Chamber

The standalone environmental chamber provides extreme cold temperatures and controlled humidity testing.

  • Temperature range: -70°C to 190°C
  • Humidity range: 10% to 98% RH
  • 2' x 2' x 2'
  • Two 4" pass-thru ports


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Models for Providing Services to Industry

Research Grant

  • Long-term study
    • Fundamental research
    • Applied research

Short-form Contract

  • Standard UAA contract
  • Contract generally accepted by all parties as-is
  • Best for projects that are time-critical

Master Services Agreement (MSA)

  • Provide testing services as needed
  • Each negotiated scope of work performed under MSA
  • Saves time (once MSA is in place)
  • Best when multiple services may be needed over an extended period

Cost Center (coming soon)

  • Set usage rate
  • No contract
  • Deliverables upon receipt of payment
  • Smaller projects with short timeframe

Contact Information

Scott Hamel
Lab Director
Associate Professor and Chair, Civil Engineering
Tim Kirk
Lab Manager
College of Engineering
Kim Riggs
Facilities Manager
College of Engineering