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
Lab Manager
College of Engineering
Kim Riggs
Facilities Manager
College of Engineering