Carleton Lab has specialized in specialized testing applications not offered by commercial testing labs in the area.  The lab can test specimens of up to 19 ft - 8 in (6 m) long with up to 600,000 pounds in compression and tension. This is a unique qualification for the New York City area. For further information on available equipment and testing capabilities, please see the equipment section. The 30 ft by 90 ft (10 m by 30 m) strong floor with actuator tie drums allows the lab to perform large scale tests in a flexible manner.


The Carleton Laboratory is equipped with a 220k dynamic universal testing machine capable of fatigue loading specimens in both tension and compression. For further information, please see the equipment section or contact the lab management.


The Carleton Lab has a proud history of performing acoustical and vibrations instrumentation and research. The vibrations and structural health monitoring group is equipped with a hydraulic shake table along with a powerful suite of data acquisition systems, both for laboratory and field instrumentation. The group also boasts a wide array of sensor technologies, ranging from piezoelectric accelerometers to autonomous weatherproof GPS-synchronized acceleration loggers and triaxial differential GPS loggers. See field testing for further information on static and dynamic field testing.


The laboratory is equipped with a number of corrosion chambers capable of thermal and chemical corrosion testing. The laboratory is also capable of conducting fractography and fracture analysis by scanning electron microscopy.

In-House Testing Capabilities

The Carleton Laboratory has a rich history of supporting the New York engineering community with specialty testing services. We have served industry in a wide variety of problems, ranging from high-strength manhole cover to full-scale shoring system tests, as well as fatigue testing of suspension bridge wires and monotonic and cyclical concrete masonry block test courses.

The Carleton Laboratory is an Organizational Member of ASTM International. The lab management will be happy to discuss your testing and certification needs with you, especially if the test in question must adhere to a specific industry standard (ASTM, ANSI, AASHTO, SAE, DIN, ISO, etc.). Previously tested standards include but are not limited to:

  • AASHTO: M306, T240, T324, TP63
  • ACI: 355.4, 440.3R
  • ANSI: MH16.1, 77, SC100-5/05, Z359
  • ASTM:
    • A48, A90, A239, A262, A370, A416, A536, A586, A615, A751, A931, A956, A1034, A1061
    • B117
    • C39, C67, C140, C301, C469, C473, C666, C881, C882, C884, C900, C1028, C1314, C1354, C1512, C1587, C1609
    • D570, D638, D648, D695, D2084, D2556, D2584, D3039, D3171, D4501, D5117, D7205, D7264, D7617, D7705
    • E4, E8, E23, E83, E112, E165, E228, E322, E350, E415, E488, E1058, E1085, E1512, E1820, E1922
    • F606, F1055, F2192
    • G77, G176
  • AREMA: CH‐30
  • CI: 1500, 2100
  • ISO: 2417, 3690
  • ITM: 1019, 1059
  • MIL‐STD: 2159
  • NCHRP: Report 531
  • NASM: 1312
  • NYCBC: 615, 1713, 1714
  • NY: 709
  • MTA, NYCDOT, NYCBC Prequalified Testing Laboratory

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