The Carleton Laboratory was fortunate to have a used dynamic load frame donated by the Ingersoll Rand Company, through coordination of the Instron Corporation. Although of 1970’s vintage, the 22k frame and actuator are in excellent condition and complement the current dynamic test machine portfolio of 220k, 100k, and 50k perfectly.
The growing graduate research population working in both novel civil materials and on research ranging from the nano- to the mega-scale have made necessary the design of a chemical wet lab in the Carleton Laboratory. Historically, the Laboratory has had no such facility, but the research trajectory of multiple junior and senior faculty have made this an increasingly urgent need. In 2016, the Laboratory initiated a capital project to upgrade an existing exhaust canopy in the Concrete Materials Laboratory to a full chemical fume hood, allowing for wet lab chemical work to be performed within the Laboratory proper.
At 82 years of age, the Southwark Emery UTM is by far the oldest NIST-traceable testing machine at the Carleton Laboratory and possibly the University. Its heavy use in both research and industry testing underlines its importance in fulfilling the Laboratory’s core mission. Focused investments in the last five years have allowed this machine to continue to operate reliably.