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Materials Testing Program

The ATLSS Engineering Research Center operates a Materials Testing Program, which draws on the resources available in the Center’s Mechanical Testing Laboratory, Metallography and Mircroscopy Laboratories, and Robert E. Stout Welding and Heat Treating Laboratory. Included in these capabilities are 60,000 and 600,000 pound universal testing machines and a Charpy V-Notch fracture toughness testing machine for conducting standard mechanical property tests of metallic, cemenitious, and composite construction materials. Additionally, metallographic sample and material characterization capabilities are available, including hardness and microhardness, light optical microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. A materials engineer is dedicated to support the program’s technical projects.

Specific technical inquiries regarding how the program can address your technical needs:

Dr. Chad Kusko, Administrative Director, ATLSS Engineering Research Center

Phone: 610-758-5299

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Recent Project

PITA Project: Integrated Framework using Monitoring and Reliability for Improved infrastructure Management under Uncertainty: Phases 1, 2, and 3


The aim of the PITA project is to develop a novel integrated framework using structural health monitoring and reliability technologies for improved bridge management under uncertainty. Through the use of new technologies and the employment of structural health monitoring and reliability approaches, the project is expected to have significant impact on bridge lifetime management practices.


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