ConocoPhillips Structures Testing Lab

Large Specimen Testing

The STL was designed to test large specimens and components of structures. The facility includes a 3 foot thick concrete strong floor, a 10 ton overhead bridge crane, and a structural steel load frame.  


Load Capacity

  • 1 MN actuator
    • 10" piston stroke
    • 215 kips (965 kN) tension; 330 kips (1460 kN) compression
  • 500 kN actuator
    • 20" piston stroke
    • 110 kips tension; 110 kips compression
  • 100 kN actuator
    • 20" piston stroke
    • Cold and hot environments
    • Simple, low-cost test setups

  • 30 gpm hydraulic power unit
  • Quasi-static and pseudo-dynamic load environments
  • MTS Flex-test Controller® - custom load functions

Size Capacity

The load frame can accommodate test specimens:

  • up to 15' tall
  • up to 20' long

Specimen Fixtures

  • Tension/Compression: 1 MN capacity
  • Flexure: 1 MN capacity
  • Lateral Load: 500kN capacity

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 time-and-materials 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
Facilities and Lab Manager
College of Engineering