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Blume Center Testing Facility

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The Blume Earthquake Engineering Center testing facility offers a wide array of experimental capabilities.  Our suite of MTS test frames supports capacities ranging from 100 N to 1000 kN under monotonic, cyclic, and fatigue loading protocols.  Specialized grips and supports provide the ability to test specimens ranging from rope and fabric, to standard coupons, to 3m-long beams in tension, compression, and bending.  In addition to our test frames, the Blume lab contains two stand-alone actuators (67 kN and 445 kN) that can be configured to test vertical assemblies, such as beam-column joints and walls.  Finally, the lab facility itself contains a () x () strong floor to support reaction frames.

The various data acquisition systems in the Blume Center support strain gages, thermocouples, linear transducers, accelerometers, external load cells, and extensometers.  Supplementing these instruments is a versatile digital imaging system capable of tracking displacements and strains within a specimen.

Testing Machines 


Capacity (kN)

MTS 22K Frame 1 100
MTS 22K Frame 2 100
MTS 3K Frame 15
MTS 220K Frame 1000
MTS T-Slot Table 250
MTS 5kN Criterion 5
MTS 30kN Criterion 30
MTS 15k Actuator 65
MTS 100k Actuator 445
Forney 2224

Shake Tables 

  • Quanser Portable Shake Table
  • Large Shake Table


  • Small capacity Hobart
  • Large capacity Hobart
  • Concrete Drum
  • IMER Mortal Mixer

Data Acquisition

  • Strain Gauges
  • Thermocouples
  • Correlated Solution VIC-3D Digital Imaging

Shop Machines

  • Vectrax Milling Machine
  • Bandsaw
  • Grinder
  • Chop Saw
  • Tile Saw