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The lab and its equipment are used in conjunction with several courses both at RPI and remote sites.  Classes using the Centrifuge Lab are as follows:

Experimental Soils Course and TUES Project

The Experimental Soils Course is part of the TUES project involving students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Southern Methodist University, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The course description from the RPI Course Catalog follows:

“Second course in geotechnical engineering, emphasizing experimental aspects of soil behavior. Laboratory experiments to measure the following soil properties: consolidation, compressibility, shear strength, permeability, various moduli, and bearing capacity. Theory, practical applications of theory, and laboratory.”

Civil Engineering Instrumentations and Sensors Course

The Civil Engineering Instrumentations & Sensors Course, taught by Professor Mourad Zeghal. The RPI Course Catalog description of the course follows:

“Various experimental techniques for the collection and analysis of laboratory and field data. Theory and application of electrical resistance strain gages and other data gathering equipment are introduced. Students are also introduced to the concepts involved with the interfacing of personal computers to machines for data acquisition and control.”

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