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HWK#4-Load Cell Design
FINAL PROJECT -
Modeling and Similitude
Data quality and processing
Instrumentation and Monitoring
Principles of Data Acquisition
Load Cells Design
LAB SAFETY MANUAL
This course is intended to introduce students to experimental methods,
test planning, model preparation, loading systems, instrumentation, data
acquisition and data processing.
The course covers aspects of static and structural dynamics problems.
Advance methods of testing will include hybrid techniques for substructure
testing which combine simultaneous physical and numerical simulations. New
testing methods of complex structural systems will be presented.
Elements of modal testing and nondestructive methods will be introduced.
The course provides an overview of laboratory work and is complemented
with several “hands-on” applications in laboratory using testing and computing
will get acquainted with the following subjects:
Similitude, modeling and dimensional analysis (1wk)
Measurement systems, statistical and error analysis (1wk)
(3) Test Planning, design and implementation - test protocols (1 wk)
Materials testing - steel, timber, plastics, concrete, etc.(1wk)
Loading Systems - set-ups, loading devices, actuators, control,
Instrumentation - mechanical, electrical, electronic (2wk)
Data Acquisition - analog and digital (1wk)
(8) Advanced testing techniques - hybrid testing
Computerized data processing - numerical and graphical (1wk)
(10) Data archiving and curating - data quality
control (1 wk)
information in parentheses is tentative duration of each subject. A Tentative
Schedule shows more detail subjects.
Professor Andrei M. Reinhorn
135 Ketter Hall, Office Hours:
T, Th 1:30-3:15pm or by appointment
Additional information about the instructor: http://civil.eng.buffalo.edu/~reinhorn
1 Dally and Riley, “Experimental Stress Analysis,”,
McGraw Hill, 1978
2 Harris and Sabnis, “Structural Modeling and Experimental Techniques”
CRC Press 1999
3 Nachtigal, C.L., “Instrumentation and Control,” Wiley &
4 Reese and Kawahara, “ Handbook of Structural Testing”, Prentice
Hall / Fairmont Press 1993
5 Chopra, A, " Dynamics of Structures", Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition,
6 Malhotra and Carino, “Handbook of Nondestructive Testing of Concrete”,
CRC Press, 1991
toolbox from Matlab Link to
author of “Visualizing
Data”, the source for Matlab’s toolbox.
8 Instructor’s Handouts / Computer Manuals
9 Equipment types and Instrumentation
10 Good strain gage data source from
11 Guide to strain gage installation is also at
12 Fiber-optic strain gages is at AS-Overlay web site.
13 Data acquisition and analysis on
Instruments website (go to Resource Library).
14 A very well described and presented
15 SAC Steel Project Test Protocol Document.
16 MTS Corporation
table page. Watch the movies!
Prerequisites: CIE519 completed
(check during first class).
* Meetings: Lectures and demonstrations Wednesdays two consecutive sessions
of 80 minutes each.
* Labs: 3 hours weekly. Schedule to be set weekly. Subjects and materials
to be followed in class will be posted on the website. Please read ahead
of class and be prepared to participate in discussions and hands-on sessions.
* Homeworks will be lab reports as parts of a comprehensive project,
according to your interests. If you do not have a preference, the instructor
will assign to you a project. Homeworks and project will be done in groups
of three students (to be assigned before the second class)*
One individual examinations:
TBA will consist of a 30 min
presentation of your report (1:00-3:00pm) in Rm 140 Ketter Hall.
The presentation will be done
jointly when each student will present a proportional part from the
The final report is due on same day at end of the
The presentations (ppt) and the report should be
submitted electronically to the instructor.
Home works (biweekly)*
Part of a case study project and
(60% of final grade)
All material to exam date
(0% of final grade)
(20% of final grade)
(20% of final grade)
homework and project will be done in groups of three students, each.
* GRADING POLICY: (subjected
to changes that will be announced in class)
The final grade will be assigned according
to the University policies (i.e., A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, F, using
a uniform distribution in steps of five points (A=95 and above).
No incomplete grades will be assigned except for serious and well-documented
* LABORATORY SAFETY:
safety is of primary concern in our laboratories. You must obey all laboratory
rules and wear suitable protective / safety equipment . You must take a
three parts instruction on laboratory safety which includes
(i) visit to the
labs and identification of hazardous areas, and emergency response,
self instruction reading the lab safety manual on the website:
http://nees.buffalo.edu/docs/Safety Training Manual/Safety Training
Manual903.pdf, and finally
(iii) take a one hour examination with the
lab safety officer.
The visit to the lab will occur in the first meeting
and the examination at the beginning of the following class. Failure to
obey the safety rules may disqualify you from completing this class.
must purchase (if you do not have already) steel toe shoes, and obtain
a hard hat and protective glasses for your laboratory sessions. (Your
advisor may be able to reimburse you for the expenses of safety shoes.
Hardhats will provided by the lab as part of successful certification). When you have
doubts about safety issues in the lab, ask me or the lab personnel.
you have questions, ask them in class or during office hours. You also may contact
the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVE A GOOD SEMESTER