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Civil Infrastructure Testing and Evaluation Laboratory

The laboratories at Penn State are equipped with facilities for a full range of scale and full-size testing of steel, concrete, wood, masonry, and composite structures and subassemblies. College of Engineering researchers have access to the 56,000-square-foot, large-scale Civil Infrastructure Testing and Evaluation Laboratory (CITEL), and five other laboratories for smaller-scale structural testing. Testing capabilities include in-situ bridge and structural monitoring and evaluation, load testing, bridge instrumentation, and non-destructive evaluations. Facilities also include a 12-ton steerable motorized gantry crane with the ability to straddle delivery trailers and lift large specimens from the truck bed. A motorized feature also enables movement around the structures lab and a walk-in freezer provides a means of storing samples and conducting experiments down to 10 °F.


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The Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate engineers through the integration of education, research, and leadership.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

212 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-1408

Phone: 814-863-3084