Lab Classes

The Carleton Laboratory provides significant support for number of classes, ranging from logistical support of independent study students and simple testing demonstrations to instructing full sections of lab experiments.


ENGI E1102 The Art of Engineering

All first-year SEAS students are required to attend design lectures and work on real engineering projects with socially responsible themes. Students learn how math and science knowledge and tools integrate into design solutions. Aligned with the technical components of design, students develop collaboration, communication, problem-solving, and project management skills.

The Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics module has a laboratory component where students have a hands-on experience of structural design and mechanics of materials.

CIEN E3000 The Art of Structural Design

An introduction to basic scientific and engineering principles used for the design of buildings, bridges, and other parts of the built infrastructure. Application of these principles to the analysis and design of a number of actual large-scale structures. Experimental verification of these principles through laboratory experiments. Coverage of the history of major structural design innovations and of the engineers who introduced them. Critical examination of the unique aesthetic/artistic perspectives inherent in structural design. Consideration of management, socioeconomic, and ethical issues involved in the design and construction of large-scale structures. Introduction to some recent developments in sustainable engineering, including green building design and adaptable structural systems.


CIEN E3128 Design Projects

Capstone design project in civil engineering. This project integrates structural, geotechnical and environmental/water resources design problems with construction management tasks and sustainability, legal and other social issues. Project is completed in teams, and communication skills are stressed. Outside lecturers will address important current issues in engineering practice. Every student in the course will be exposed with equal emphasis to issues related to geotechnical engineering, water resources / environmental engineering, structural engineering, and construction engineering and management.

CIEN E3141 Soil Mechanics

Index properties and classification; compaction; permeability and seepage; effective stress and stress distribution; consolidation; shear strength of soil; consolidation; slope stability.

CIEN E4212 Structural Assessment & Failure

Laboratory and field test methods in assessment of structures for rehabilitation and to determine causes of failure; ASTM and other applicable standards; case histories of failures and rehabilitation in wood, steel, masonry, and concrete structures.

CIEN E6248 Experimental Soil Mechanics

Advanced soil testing, including triaxial and plane strain compression tests; small-strain measurement. Model testing; application (of test results) to design.

CIEE E3260 Engineering for Developing Communities

Introduction to engineering problems faced by developing communities and exploration of design solutions in the context of a real project with a community client. Emphasis is on the design of sustainable solutions that take account of social, economical, and governance issues and that can be implemented now or in the near future. Multidisciplinary teamwork and approaches are stressed. Outside lectures address issues specific to developing communities and the particular project under consideration.

CIEN E4213 Buckling of Structures

Stability of framed structures in the elastic and inelastic ranges. Lateral buckling of beams. Torsional buckling of compression members. Buckling of plates of plate-stiffener combinations. Linear stability analysis of cylindrical shells and discussion of its limitations. Discussion of the semi-empirical nature of the elastoplastic relations used in the case of plates and shells.


ENME E3106 Dynamics and Vibrations

Kinematics of rigid bodies; momentum and energy methods; vibrations of discrete and continuous systems; eigen-value problems; natural frequencies and modes. Basics of computer simulation of dynamic problems using MATLAB or Mathematica.

ENME E3114 Experimental Mechanics of Materials

Material behavior and constitutive relations. Mechanical properties of metals and cement composites. Cement hydration. Modern construction materials. Experimental investigation of material properties and behavior of structural elements, including fracture, fatigue, bending, torsion, and buckling.

ENME E3161 Fluid Mechanics

Fluid statics. Fundamental principles and concepts of flow analysis. Differential and finite control volume approach to flow analysis. Dimensional analysis. Application of flow analysis: flow in pipes, external flow, flow in open channels.


Faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics with research interests in the experimental engineering and science can be approached by students, both in the bachelor and master of science level, to perform independent research for course credit in the Carleton Laboratory. Even though the lab staff may provide significant support, students should approach the faculty directly to inquire about independent research opportunities. Please see the research category on this site or approach your academic advisor for further information.

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