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Testing Facilities

The Civil Engineering Research Facility at Leeds Beckett University has two dedicated laboratory facilities, approximately 535 m2 of floor space in total. One is primarily designated for undergraduate work, located in the Northern Terrace Building at our City Campus, the other is solely for research and development projects, particularly for large-scale bespoke testing equipment and is located at Unit 3, Roundhay Trade Park. An inventory of equipment is presented below, along with more detailed information on certain specific dedicated equipment.

Our testing faculties are opened industrial consultancy projects and testing and we welcome being contacted to explore how we may be of assistance.

Plus Icon Soils/Geotechnics
  • Triaxial test rig
  • Shear box
  • Soil respiration equipment
  • Constant head permeamete
  • Falling head permeameter
  • Model dam
  • Balances
  • Computer data logger
  • 2 No Consolidation cells
  • Density tests (wax pot, water displacement cylinder, sand replacement cylinder, sand container)
  • Particle Density (vacuum, gas jar, pyknometer methods)
  • Unconfined compression
  • 2 No Rowe cells
  • 1 No. Constant pressure apparatus
  • 1 No. Particle size pipette
  • Point loader (rocks)
  • Microwave ovens
  • Oven
  • Sieve shaker
  • Sieves
  • Soil index testing equipment (liquid limit, plastic limits and liner shrinkage)
  • 1 No .Vane tester
  • 1 No. Soil mixer
  • Geological collection and storage units (including microscopes and geological identification equipment)
  • Flammable storage unit
  • Geotextile machine
  • Creel system 
  • CBR puncture test
  • Pullout test rig
  • Geotextile durability boxes
  • Controlled environment room
Plus Icon Highways
  • Aggregate Impact Test
  • Aggregate Crushing Value Test
  • CBR (50 kN load frame) 4.5 kN and 28 kN Proving Rings
  • CBR moulds/compaction (2.5 kg and 4.5 kg rammers)
  • Marshall Test Rig
  • Marshall Compactor
  • Mechanical Marshall balance
  • Bitumen Marshall mixer
  • Marshall balance
  • Magnesium Sulphate Soundness Test
  • Mould extruder
  • Water bath
  • Viscosity Cutback Rigs
  • Penetration Rig
  • Loss on heat oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Bitumen stock material
  • Polished stone value (Polish) rig
  • Aggregate abrasion rig
  • Sieve shaker
  • Sieves
  • Ovens
  • PSV Test Rig (Pendulum)
Plus Icon Structures
  • Denison and associated computer equipment
  • Density testing
  • Cube crusher
  • Associated electronics
  • Transverse test bed
  • Reinforcement/steel storage rack
  • Heavy duty bar bender
  • Small bar bender
Plus Icon Model Structures
  • Model beam apparatus (4 No.)
  • Model cantilever apparatus (2 No.)
  • Force boards
  • Hounsfield Tensometer
Plus Icon Concrete
  • Concrete mixer
  • Mortar mixer (3 No.)
  • 3 No. Vibrating tables (1 No. variable & 1 No. mobile)
  • Balances
  • Cube mould rack
  • 2 No Curing tanks
  • Masonry saw
  • Belle mixer
  • Vibrating poker
  • Bench cube cleaning
  • Beam mould
  • Crane mobile
  • Fork Lift (2 Pedestrian Electric, 1 Hydraulic manual)
  • 2 No. Compressor (Air)
  • Vacuum Cleaner
Plus Icon Hydraulics
  • Open channel
  • Pump rig
  • Submersible pump
  • 1000 L container
  • Coagulation chamber
Plus Icon Survey
  • Tripods
  • 20 No. Levels
  • 13 No. Theodolites
  • 6 No. Total Stations
  • Ranging rods
  • Tapes (5 m, 30 m and 100 m)
  • Safety helmets
  • Hi vis vests
Plus Icon Microbiology Unit
  • Water quality test equipment (e.g. MTM, Paqualab, Membrane filtration, incubators, toxicity)
  • Bioremediation test equipment
Plus Icon Workshop
  • Bridgeport Universal Milling Machine
  • Harrison M250 lathe
  • Small lathe
  • Grinder (pedestal)
  • Sand blaster
  • Mig welder
  • Welding extraction
  • Welding bench
  • Chop saw
  • Oxy/acet bottles
  • Welding cupboard
  • Tool storage cupboard
  • Bandsaw
  • Nitrogen bottle
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