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Basic Material testing laboratory (18CVl36)

Basic Material Testing laboratory is introduced in third semester civil engineering and it is mainly based on the material testing of building materials like Fine Aggregate, Coarse Aggregate, Steel, Brick and Wood etc. This lab will enhance students to learn about the behaviour of different materials used for the construction. The different experiments which are conducted in the lab are Specific Gravity, Fineness modulus and grain size distribution, bulking of Fine aggregates, Izod and Charpy test ,Hardness number for different materials, Compression and Tension test on ductile material, Bending test on wood, Compressive strength of Brick. By the end of the laboratory program student will able to understand the behaviour of construction material according IS code.


Computer-aided design (CAD) is the to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design. CAD software is used to increase the productivity of the designer, improve the quality of design, improve communications through documentation, and to create a database for manufacturing.Advanced civil engineering software’s are procured for making the students globally competitive and industry ready. At CAD lab, students get professional training on 2D & 3D drafting of civil engineering drawings using the latest version of Autocad software. Student will learn computer aided design layout and 3D solid modelling definition. Students will also gain the knowledge of design and drafting needed for civil engineering discipline.

This lab is well equipped with the following softwares are:


This lab helps in selecting and evaluating construction materials for their suitability for construction with regards to quality and performance as required by Indian Standards codal provisions.

This Lab is also extensively used for conducting research in thrust areas and consultancy works.


Concrete and highway laboratory consists of casting yard with facilities for mixing, casting, vibrating and curing concrete specimens. PG students use it for their research. Our department is a recognized VTU affiliated Research Center for PhD degree.

Consultancy works in testing of materials, mix design of concrete are also carried out. Our clients are from various State Government departments and private agencies.


Tests on Cement:
Normal consistency test on cement IS: 269 - 1989
Specific gravity of cement IS-2720-PART-3
Setting time of cement IS: 269- 1989
Fineness of cement by air permeability test IS-4031-PART-2
Compressive strength of cement IS 4031 – PART 6

Tests on Concrete:
Slump test IS-7320-1974
Compaction factor test IS-1199-1959
Vee-bee consistometer test IS-10510-1983
Compressive strength of concrete IS: 516-1959
Flexural strength IS: 516-1959
Split tensile strength of concrete IS: 5816-1999
NDT tests by rebound hammer and pulse velocity test.

Tests on Aggregates
Aggregate crushing test IS: 2386 (Part IV)
Shape test on aggregates IS 2386-1
Aggregate impact test IS 2386-(Part IV)
Los Angeles abrasion test IS: 2386- (Part IV)

Tests on Bituminous Materials
Specific gravity test on bitumen IS 1202-1978
Penetration test on bitumen IS 1203-1978
Ductility test on bitumen IS 1208-1978
Viscosity test on bitumen by tar viscometer IS: 73:2006
Softening point test on bitumen IS:1205-1978
Marshal stability test on bituminous mix ASTM D 1559


Fluid mechanics and hydraulics is concerned with kinetics, kinematics of fluids and hydraulic machines. Fluid mechanics laboratory is introduced in fifth semester. In this laboratory students become familiar with how to measure discharge through various measuring devices, estimate the major loss of head in pipe flow, analyze the impact of jets on various types of vanes and evaluate performance characteristics of turbines and pump.

This lab is well equipped with the following experimental set up:


FGeotechnical Engineering is the branch of civilengineering concerned with the engineering behaviour of earthmaterials. Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory is introduced in seventh semester. In this laboratory students become familiar with how to investigate subsurface soil conditions, determination of index and engineering properties of soils and determination of Safe bearing Capacity of soil.

This lab is well equipped with the following experimental set up:

Environmental Engineering Laboratory

FEnvironmental engineering is a branch of civil engineering concerned with the study of water and wastewater. The environmental engineering laboratory is introduced in the sixth semester.The Laboratory has all the state of the art facilities for conducting various tests for determining the quality of potable and waste water. The undergraduate students are encouraged to take up topics in the field of Environmental Engineering for their project work by making use of facilities available in the laboratory. Analysis and testing of water and wastewater samples are being regularly done for various public and private agencies.

This lab is well equipped with the following equipment’s.

Specialized equipment name Application of Equipment
pH meter Determine the pH of water and wastewater
Turbidity meter Turbidity measurements in water and wastewater
Conductivity meter Measurement of conductivity in surface and ground water, wastewater, etc.
Spectrometer Analysis of absorbance
Digital Weigh Balance Measure the quantity of various chemicals
Distillation unit Distilled water for preparation of lab reagents.
BOD incubator To maintain favourable temperature for the microbial growth.
Jar test apparatus Optimum Coagulant dosage
COD Digester Oxygen demand in water and wastewater
Hot air oven Total Solids in water and wastewater