Staff in the College of Engineering & Informatics at NUI Galway have many years experience in design and conducting full-scale testing of structural components and systems to static , dynamic and cyclic loadings. This is complemented with a strong competency in numerical modelling of these systems. NUI Galway has a 375 m2 state-of-the-art high-bay Structures Research Laboratory, the largest of its kind in the Republic of Ireland.

  • Structural testing equipment
  • A large reaction wall
  • Strong floor area (10m x 6m with anchor points at 500 to 1000 mm centres, each having a capacity of 500kN)
  • A mechanical timber grading machine
  • Data acquisition systems and sensors
  • Conditioning tanks
  • An environmental chamber
  • Reaction frames
  • Servo-hydraulic testing machines with capacities ranging from 10 kN to 500 kN
  • 3.5m-high instrumented drop-weight impact tower
  • Uniaxial and biaxial machines
NUIG’s recently completed Engineering Building has a strong floor and state-of-the-art static and dynamic actuators for testing full scale MRE components such as turbine blades. The 375m2 state-of-the-art high-bay Structures Research Laboratory is the largest and most advanced materials testing laboratory in the Republic of Ireland. Types of services offered by this facility include:
  • Full-scale tests to evaluate the static and dynamic performance of structural systems
  • Testing spaces that allow for a large number of configurations for testing small to large structural and mechanical elements and materials.
  • Static and fatigue testing of composite and metal specimens, including uniaxial and biaxial machines
  • Conditioning tanks with water temperatures up to 65° C and an environmental chamber for use during tensile testing
  • Data acquisition systems and sensors for measurement of load, deformation, strain, acceleration, moisture content, temperature and relative humidity.

Contact: Dr Jamie Goggins

Title: Funded Investigator

Tel: +353 (0)91 492 609


Web: Structural Research Laboratory