Civil Engineering Facilities and Resources
Identify the facilities to be used at each performance site listed and, as appropriate, indicate their capacities, pertinent capabilities, relative proximity, and extent of availability to the project. Use "Other" to describe the facilities at any other performance sites listed and at sites for field studies. Use additional pages if necessary.
LTU College of Engineering and Science. Well-equipped on-campus various laboratories for graduate level basic and applied research in: Civil, Geotechnical, Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Science Engineering. Chemistry laboratories also available for this research.
- Trenchless Technology Center. Utilizes the following on-campus research facilities:
Pipeline Rehabilitation Test Laboratory - approx. 88m2 (950sq. ft) laboratory space (Bogard Hall)
Materials Characterization Laboratory - approx. 100m2 (1,100sq. ft) laboratory space (Bogard Hall)
Field Test Facility. A field test bed for research in trenchless methods and equipment, on the Louisiana Tech Farm, at the edge of the LTU campus . Total area approx. 6,500m2 (70,000sq. ft). Electric power available to the site. Accessible by large construction equipment. Contains four different soil test sections, each approx. 14.6m (50ft) long: local clay, sand, silt and clay-gravel mixture to depth of about 2m (6.5ft). The test section has a 3m by 6m (10ft ft by 20ft) jacking section at one end. Fully available for the project.
Center for Numerical Simulation and Modeling (CNSM). On-campus computer facility and office space (Carson-Taylor Hall). Includes: the High-Performance Computing Laboratory, the Unix Laboratory and the PC Laboratory, and the Visualization Laboratory.
Center for Applied Physics Studies (CAPS). On-campus laboratory and office space, adjacent to the Trenchless Technology Center office space (Engineering Annex building). Approx. 1,860m2 (20,000sq. ft.). Partially available for the project.
Institute for Micromanufacturing. Institute for Micromanufacturing (Institute for Micromanufacturing). On-campus facility, partially available for the project. Approx. 3,800m2 (41,000sq. ft) of laboratory and office space. The 1,860m2 (20,000sq. ft) laboratory area is environmentally controlled. Includes:230m2 (2,500sq. ft) of cleanroom with fully certified class 1000 and class 100 working areas
a laboratory-type teaching and training facility
a metrology laboratory, a micromachining laboratory
a laser process development laboratory, electronic assembly/test laboratory
a laboratory for precision machining under tightly controlled temperature and humidity conditions
12 application specific, process development laboratories. An additional 500m2 (5,500sq. ft) is reserved for cleanroom facility expansion.
Distance Learning Classrooms. On-campus classroom space (Woodward Hall) - three classrooms for delivery and reception of compressed video courses, approx. 60m2 (645sq. ft) each, and a conference room in the Institute for Micromanufacturing. Additional space in the final stage of preparation (Woodward Hall, Technology Transfer Center): one more classroom of the same size and a large 350-seats auditorium. Receive sites are in: Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), LSU Baton Rouge, LSU Shreveport, LSU Medical Center, and in high or elementary schools in Farmerville, Oak Grove, Springhill, Castor, Homer, Minden, Sterlington, and Winnsboro.
University Computer Center. Located in Wyly Tower. Provides computing and consulting support for instructional, research, and administrative activities of the University. The Center reports administratively to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Planning activities include periodic reviews by outside consultants (EDUCOM), formal self-studies (IBM Application Transfer Study Team, Institutional Self-Study), as well as Computing Center responses related to indicated user activities.
University Computing Center Hardware. The Louisiana Tech University Computing Center operates one IBM ES/9000 Model 210 mainframe computer serving both academic and administrative applications. It is normally available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and can be accessed from various departmental/faculty offices, student labs (during hours of operation), dial-in lines (24 hours/day), the campus network (24 hours/day), and the INTERNET network (24 hours/day). The computer hardware is classified into two groups: system and network hardware.
System Hardware. The E'S/9000 Model 210 is an air cooled mid-range IBM host mainframe containing a 12 MIP processor, and 64 megabytes of central core memory. The CPU uses 16 four-megabit channels to interface its various subsystems, which consist of disk, printer, tape, terminal, and dial-in subsystems. See for an overview of the Computing Center hardware.
Dial-in Subsystem. Dialup services are provided by a 64 line terminal server with 33.6Kb modems. The system provides access to the central mainframe as well as to all multi-user systems on campus. It also provides remote IP network services via PPP and SLIP, thereby permitting access to Internet and local networks.
Communal Software. The Computer Languages available on the E'S/9000 Mainframe are ASM (IBM 370 Assembler), BASIC (IBM Basic Compiler), C (IBM C compiler), COBOL (IBM Cobol Compiler), GPSS (General Process Simulation System), ESE (Expert System Environment), FORTRAN (IBM FortranNS I and FortranNS II Compiler), LINDO (Linear Programming Language), LISP (List Processing Language), PASCAL (IBM VS/Pascal), PLI (IBM PLI Compiler), REXX (CMS Command Language Interpreter), RPG (Report Generating Programming Language), SAS (Statistical Analysis System), SAS/FSP (Full Screen Support Procedures for SAS), SAS/GRAPH (Graphics Support for SAS), SPSS (Statistical Data Processing Language), SPSS/LISREL (Economic Algorithms for SPSS), TSP (Statistical Programming Language), and WATFIV (WATFIV Fortran Compiler), and WATFOR-77 (Interactive Fortran-77 Compiler). The following subroutine libraries are available for public use: DI3000 (Fortran Graphics Subroutine Library), ESSL (Engineering Scientific Subroutine Library), and IMSL (Fortran Mathematical and Statistical Subroutines).
Specialized Academic Software. The mainframe provides the following special purpose programs for the College of Engineering and Science: ACSL (Advanced Simulation Language), BOAST (Black Oil Applied Simulation Tool), CHEMSHARE (Chemical Engineering Bonding Program), COGO (Civil Engineering Stress Analysis), INSTITU (Combustion Prediction Modeling Program), FLOWyly TowerRAN (Chemical Engineering Tool), MCPALK (Chemical Flow Prediction Modeling Program), NASTRAN (Mechanical Engineering Tool), PCAP (Electrical Circuit Analysis), POLYMER (Polymer Prediction Modeling Program), PROCESS (Engineering Simulation Sciences Tool), QGERTS (Industrial Engineering Simulator), STREAM (Stream Flow Prediction Modeling Program), and SUTRA (Water Flow & Energy/Solute Transport Simulator).
College of Engineering and Science (COES) Computer Facilities. Located in seven different buildings on the LTU campus. Accessible from any of the 300 computers in the college.
COES Computing Hardware. A range of computing platforms having varying capacities. Several UNIX server platforms (generally mid-range computers from vendors like SUN, Silicon Graphics and DEC). Virtually every faculty and staff member has a computer on a desktop. Most of these computers are IBM-PC compatible computers running Windows 95, Windows 97 or Windows NT 4 Workstation. The rest are UNIX Workstations and Apple Macintosh computers. Nearly dozen computer laboratories located throughout the college for student access to computers.
COES Computing Software. FLAC, a general-purpose explicit finite difference static analysis and wave propagation program. ABAQUS, a general-purpose finite element analysis program. A variety of applications and programming language software on the COES network: finite element programs like ANSYS, ALGOR and COSMOS/M, simulation software like DADS and EASY5, mathematical software like Mathematica, Mathcad and MATLAB, general office software like Microsoft Office 97, Corel WordPerfect Suite 8.
Internet services. 3 Mbit connectivity to Louisiana state network LANET, which provides a 45 Mbit connection to the Internet.
Intranet services. Desktop 10Mb connection to campus backbone consisting of a mixture of 10Mb and 100Mb Ethernet as well as OC-3 ATM. Provides access to University e-mail, web and other resources.
Trenchless Technology Center (TTC). On-campus newly remodeled space (Engineering Annex building). Approx. 180m2 (1,900sq. ft). Includes four offices, a conference room and a reference library. Has an extensive collection of research and information materials related to the trenchless technology. The reference room houses also the former library holdings of the Underground Space Center at the University of Minnesota, covering a broad range of issues related to the design, construction, and use of underground facilities.
Institute for Micromanufacturing (Institute for Micromanufacturing). Offers additional space for visiting researchers.
Technology Transfer Center. Off-campus office and laboratory space under construction (in the Shreve Park Industrial Campus in Shreport, about 100 km from LTU campus). Approx. 1,860m2 (20,000sq. ft).
Prescott Memorial Library. Centrally located in the heart of the campus. A modern, ten floor, open stack library which offers a full array of informational resources and services. Reading areas, computer laboratories, books, periodicals, microforms, media materials.
List the most important items available for this project and, as appropriate identifying the location and pertinent capabilities of each.
Pipeline Rehabilitation Test Facility contains:
a high pressure water storage and delivery system composed of a 300 gallon supply tank, a large air compressor and two positive displacement pumps
two 3.6m3 (128 cu. ft) environmental chambers to perform elevated temperature testing of pipe liners
MEPTS 9000 computer based data acquisition system for measuring liner radial displacements and pressures
steel host pipes and associated stiffeners and end seals for performing liner buckling tests:
90 pipes - 30cm (12in) in diameter and 1.8m (6ft) long
90 pipes - 20 cm (8in) in diameter and 1.5m (5ft) long
The materials characterization laboratory contains:
MTS 810 servohydraulic test system with TestStar IIs controller and a 55,000 lb. actuator
MTS 810 servohydraulic test system with TestStar IIs controller and a 22,000 lb. actuator
MTS environmental chamber for use with the MTS 810 systems
Load cells with 1,000 lb., 10,000 lb., 22,000 lb., and 55,000 lb. capacities
Two MTS extensometers for tensile testing
Grips, fixtures and fittings for performing tensile and flexural testing
400,000 lb. Tinius Olsen tensile / compressive testing machine
4 SATEC creep testing stations with environmental chambers for tensile loading
4 SATEC creep testing stations with environmental chambers for compressive loading
2 SATEC creep testing stations with environmental chambers for flexural loading
108 square foot walk-in environmental chamber for environmentally controlled testing Center for Numerical Simulation and Modeling (CNSM) contains:
Center for Numerical Simulation and Modeling (CNSM) contains:
SGI Origin 2000 with 16 CPU, 4 GB memory, seven SGI Workstations, one Sun, one IBM, 20 PCs, professional recording system, visualisation hardware and software.
ImmersaDesk virtual reality system
Institute for Micromanufacturing (Institute for Micromanufacturing) contains:Lithographic-based equipment:
Two dedicated beamlines at the CAMD facility
Leica EBML 100 electron beam writer, 100keV beam energy, <10 nm spot size.
Photoresist spinning, baking and development capabilities.
Research Devices 1um resolution pattern generator.
Electronic-Vision dual side mask aligner.
Plasma Therm dual chamber reactive ion etcher.
Uni-Film dc/rf magnetron multi-target sputter deposition tool.
Plasma-Therm dual chamber plasma enhanced CVD apparatus.
CVD Equipment Corporation low pressure thermal CVD apparatus.
CVD Equipment 1100 C thermal oxidation ovens (four stacks, two tubes ).
Wet chemical benches and associated acid and solvent baths.
An inductively coupled plasma etch tool will be ordered on the DoD grant.
Additional electroplating equipment will be ordered on the ARI grant.
Potomac Photonics excimer laser micromachining system, at 248 and 351 nm wavelengths, forlaser induced polymerization and ablation.
Coherent Specs CW argon ion laser for photon stimulated deposition of metals.
Lee Laser Inc. CW Nd:YAG 40 Watt laser for metals deposition.
Two Lucent Technologies Bell Labs custom built focused ion beam (FIB) apparatus-maximum beam energy 30 keV, 0.4um and 0.25 um spot size (one is installed at Sandia National Laboratories).
National Jet /Dover Instruments four axis ultra-precision machining center.
Precitech Optimum 2000 computer controlled ultra-precision lathe.
Dicing Technology automated wafer dicing diamond saw.
Olympus AHMT3 research optical microscopes (two).
Tencor stylus profilometer.
Amray 1800 scanning electron microscope.
Cambridge 250 scanning electron microscope with Kevex X-ray microanlyzer.
Wyko SPM scanning tunneling/atomic force microscope.
Wyko RST white light interferometric microscopes (two)
Nikon automated optical inspection station.
PHI 5802 small area X-ray photoelectron spectrometer, with upgrade capability to a scanning
Center for Applied Physics (CAPS) contains:
six DEC ALPHAs 200/400MHz and two DEC Stations w/UNIX, 25 Tektronix x-window terminals, 20 assorted PC
data acquisition systems - VME, CAMC, and FastBuss based DAQ systems
friction/heat transfer test apparatus
Distance Learning Classrooms has state-of-the-art a/v equipment with two-way, interactive compressed video conferencing capabilities. LTU is connected to the Board of Regents video network through T1 dedicated line service. This service provides 384 Kb connections to up to 22 sites simultaneously by making use of available multi-point switching services. The network is currently made up of over 100 sites statewide. The network has the capability of dial-in access from sites throughout the world over ISDN lines. Switching services are provided by BellSouth.
Provide any information describing the other resources available for the project. Identify support services such as consultant, secretarial, machine shop, and electronics shop, and the extent to which they will be available for the project. Include an explanation of any consortium/contractual arrangements with other organizations.
Manufacturing Processes Laboratory/Machine Shop: A small aluminum foundry, welding shop and general purpose machine shop which support experimental research projects throughout the college.
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