CE Department Labs

The quality of building material used to construct any kind of structure plays a determining role in maintaining its durability. High quality building material ensures safety of the building and enhances its resistance against adverse climatic changes. Therefore, testing of building material, prior to its usage in construction, becomes of grave importance for construction material manufacturers. Materials testing lab is sometimes called an independent testing laboratory, and it deals primarily with testing, evaluating, and monitoring materials and processes used in construction.

The materials testing laboratory of the Civil Engineering department was setup in the year 2012 and it consists of the UTM, CTM, Brinell Hardness testing machine, Spring testing machine, Impact testing machine etc. The laboratory is widely used for testing concrete cubes and cylinders and also to test the hardness and toughness of various materials used for construction which includes both steel and concrete. Various consultancy works are also extensively carried out in our lab.

The equipment used in lab are

      1. Universal Testing Machine(1000kN),
      2. Compression Testing Machine (2000kN)
      3. Impact Testing Machine.
      4. Torsion Testing Machine(20kGm)
      5. Spring Testing Machine
      6. Hardness Testing Machine
      7. Tile Flexure Testing Machine
      8. Simple Torsion Pendulum
      9. VeeBee Consistometer
      10. Compaction Factor Testing Apparatus
      11. Vibrating Table
      12. Vicat Apparatus
      13. Rebound Hammer
List of Experiments – Material TestingList of Experiments – Strength of Materials
Determination of the Specific Gravity of cementDetermination of the Standard Consistency, Initial and Final Setting Times of CementDetermination of compressive strength of cementTests on coarse and fine aggregatespecific gravitybulkingsieve analysisfineness modulusmoisture contentbulk densityTests on Fresh Concrete: WorkabilitySlump testVee-Bee consistometerCompaction factor testsDetermination of Compressive Strength of Concrete Cube and CylinderDetermination of Split Tensile of ConcreteDetermination of Flexural strength of ConcreteDetermination of Compressive strength of BrickDetermination of Transverse strength of roofing and flooring tilesDemonstration of Mix Design of Concrete by IS methodDemonstration of Non-destructive tests (rebound hammer)Tension test on Structural Materials: Mild Steel and Tor steel (HYSD bars)Shear test on mild steel rodBending test on mild steel (I sections)Torsion test on Mild steel circular barsTorsion test on Steel/Copper/ Aluminium wiresUsing Torsion Pendulum with Central diskUsing Torsion Pendulum with distributed MassImpact testIzod testCharpy testHardness testBrinell Hardness testRockwell Hardness testVickers Hardness testTest on SpringsOpen coilClose coilBending Test on Timber

Lab in-charge

Faculty : Ms. Remya P M

Lab Assistant : Ms. Mini K F

The planning and design of all Civil Engineering projects such as construction of highways, bridges, tunnels, dams etc are based upon surveying measurements. Thus, surveying is a basic requirement for all Civil Engineering projects.

The Surveying Laboratory is equipped with the instruments and tools that students use throughout the surveying course. Students learn techniques for gathering field data with both traditional and modern instruments and demonstrate their proficiency on weekly lab exercises and a comprehensive semester project and final exam. Each lab group – typically three to five students – has a dedicated set of instruments to use, including auto level, theodolite, and total station. Each group also has level rods, tripods, tape measures, chaining pins, and other common surveying tools and ancillary equipment. The lab serves as office space for the surveying instructor and teaching assistants, so surveying students have direct access to help for material discussed in lecture and lab.

The lab was setup in the year 2012 and it consists of compass, Theodolites, leveling instruments and instruments to measure areas such as Planimeter. We also have one Total station, a Ghat tracer, Box Sextant, Abney Level, Clinometer etc.

Lab in-charge

Faculty : Ms. Reshma Antony

Lab Assistant : Mr. Varghese P T

The Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory is an integral part of the Department of Civil Engineering. The laboratory is equipped to perform all the necessary basic characterization of soils. Geotechnical engineering is the branch of civil engineering that deals with the engineering behavior of subsurface materials. It includes Soil Mechanics, which is essential to identify, characterize and study the mechanics of soil/rock and Applied Soil Mechanics, which transfers the behavioral knowledge to practice. This includes investigating existing subsurface conditions and materials; determining their engineering behavior that are important to the project considered and designing the foundations. A typical geotechnical engineering laboratory helps in identifying the engineering behavior of soil. Our Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory is well-equipped with equipments for evaluating all engineering properties of soils including index properties, compaction characteristics, consolidation characteristics and shear strength of soils.

We have Sieve Sets And Shakers, Direct shear Test Equipment, Consolidation apparatus, CBR testing apparatus, Cassagrande’s apparatus, UCC testing equipment etc. The lab was setup in the year 2013.

List of ExperimentsList of Equipment
Determination of Specific Gravity of Soil by Pycnometer methodField Density determination by sand replacement methodDry Sieve AnalysisDetermination of Atterberg Limits (Liquid limit, plastic limit and shrinkage limit)Determination of free swell indexDirect Shear TestPermeability of Soil by Constant Head MethodPermeability of Soil by Variable Head MethodUnconfined compression TestHydrometer AnalysisLight Compaction Test ( Standard Proctor Test)Consolidation TestPycnometerSpecific Gravity BottleSand Pouring CylinderSieve Set(4.75mm,3.35 Mm, 2.36mm,1.18mm,600μ, 300 μ, 150 μ, 90 μ, 75 μ)Casagrande ApparatusShrinkage Limit ApparatusDirect Shear ApparatusPermeability ApparatusUnconfined Compression Test ApparatusHydrometerProctor Mould (Light And Heavy)Consolidation ApparatusDynamic Cone PenetrometerHand AugerInfra Red Moisture MeterSoil Cone PenetrometerThermostatically Controlled OvenElectronic Weighing BalanceMeasuring jar/ cylinderBeaker

Lab in-chargeFaculty : Ms.  Haritha C R Lab Assistant : Ms. Ritta Thomas

Computer Aided Design-CAD is defined the use of information technology (IT) in the Design process. A CAD system consists of IT hardware (H/W), specialised software (S/W) (depending on the particular area of application) and peripherals, which in certain applications are quite specialised. The core of a CAD system is the S/W, which makes use of graphics for product representation; databases for storing the product model and drives the peripherals for product presentation. Its use does not change the nature of the design process but as the name states it aids the product designer. The designer is the main actor in the process, in all phases from problem identification to the implementation phase.

These days the use of software for drafting and designing has become very important and easy. And they are mandatory for our students for their future. Here the students are coached in drafting using Auto CAD and design using STAAD.Pro

Lab in-charge

Faculty : Ms. Aiswarya M S

Lab Assistant : Ms. Mini K F

The environmental engineering laboratory offers students, hands-on exposure to EPA approved water and wastewater quality testing procedures as is normally done at a water and wastewater treatment plant. It is equipped with state of the art gas chromatograph, UV spectrophotometers, turbidimeter, COD reactors, BOD incubators, bacterial incubators, pH meters, conductivity meters, dissolved oxygen probe, digital titrators and other equipment dedicated to water and wastewater quality analysis. Our lab was setup in the year 2014. The students are encouraged to do projects related to water quality testing and they use the facilities of lab extensively. We also undertake consultancies related to water quality testing.

Lab in-charge

Faculty : Prof. Devis P C

Lab Assistant : Ms. Ritta Thomas

The transportation engineering laboratory is equipped with well maintained experimental set ups for determining the various characteristics of the bitumen and coarse aggregates that are used for the pavement construction. Transportation engineering is a specialization in Civil Engineering that deals with the planning, functional design, operation and management of facilities for any mode of transportation in order to provide a safe, efficient, rapid, comfortable, convenient, economical, and environmentally compatible movement of people and goods. The design aspects of transportation engineering include the sizing of transportation facilities, determining the materials and thickness used in pavement and designing the geometry of the roadway. The various equipment available in the laboratory are Impact testing machine, Los Angeles Abrasion Testing Machine, Flakiness and Elongation Index test setup, Angularity Index test set up, Specific Gravity and Water Absorption testing apparatus, Ductility machine and Briquiette mould, Ring and ball apparatus, Bitumen Penetrometer and Stripping value apparatus. This laboratory course will help the students to assess the suitability of the materials for pavement construction.

List of ExperimentsList of Equipment
Impact TestLos Angeles Abrasion TestShape Test – Flakiness IndexShape Test – Elongation IndexAggregate Crushing TestPenetration TestSoftening Point of BitumenDuctility TestCalifornia Bearing TestSpecific Gravity of Coarse AggregateWater Absorption of Coarse AggregateStripping Value of Road AggregatesAngularity of Coarse Aggregate and Fine AggregateImpact testing machineLos Angeles machineStandard Thickness GaugeLength GaugeCompression Testing MachinePenetrometerRing and Ball ApparatusDuctility Machine and Briquette MouldCBR Test Apparatus Wire BasketThermostatically Controlled OvenHeater and PanMetal Cylinder and Tamping rodI.S. sieves of sizes 63, 50, 40, 31.5, 25, 20, 16, 12.5, 10 and 6.3mmElectronic Weighing Balance

Lab in-chargeFaculty : Ms. Ragi C Ravindran

Civil engineers generally work in a variety of locations and conditions. Many spend time outdoors at construction sites so that they can monitor operations or solve problems onsite. The job is typically a blend of in-office and on-location work. To give insite into these aspects of Civil Engineering, the students of all disciplines are exposed to such an environment in their First year curriculum through Civil Engineering Workshop.

Lab in-charge

Lab Assistant : Mr. Varghese P T