Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems
A National Engineering Research Center

Soil-Structure Interaction Facility

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Contact: Dr. Muhannad Suleiman

This SSI facility allows for the evaluation of large-scale soil-foundation systems.


The following equipment, instrumentation, and sensors will be available at this SSI facility:


  1. Two flexibly designed large soil boxes with dimensions of 1.8 x 1.8 x 1.8 m and 1.8 x 1.8 x 0.9 m

  2. Thin tactile pressure sensors

  3. Flexible shape acceleration arrays (SAA) sensors

  4. In-soil null pressure sensors

  5. On-surface null pressure sensors

  6. Shear pressure sensors

  7. Pore water pressure sensors

  8. Earth and push-in pressure cells

  9. Load cells

  10. Displacement transducers

  11. Strain gauges

  12. Tilt/clinometers

  13. Accelerometers

  14. Data acquisition and control system

  15. Soil storage and moving system

  16. Soil compactor

  17. Soil moisture-density gauge

  18. Borehole shear testing device

  19. Miniature Cone Penetrature Test (CPT)

  20. Analytical tools to analyze SFSI systems including LPILE, TZPILE, ABAQUS and GROUP

  21. Video conferencing and web broadcasting equipment