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Civil Engineering

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.


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.

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.

Clinical: None

Animal: None


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.

Major Equipment

List the most important items available for this project and, as appropriate identifying the location and pertinent capabilities of each.

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

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:

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

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. 

Non-lithography equipment:

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.

Diagnostic equipment:

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

Auger spectrometer.

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

Other Resources

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.

NSF Form 1363 (7/95)