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Building Materials Lab


In this lab, the students are disposed to the fundamental knowledge of the most important materials in civil engineering. They will be able to determine the engineering characteristics of these materials like density, bulk density, specific gravity, etc. Compression’s and tension’s Strength of steel and concrete materials will be given a special focus as they are the most common materials used today in civil engineering.


1.       General equipment:

o   Electrical digital oven with 500 liter capacity (1)

o   Electronic laboratory balance capacity 45000×0.01 gram (1)

o   Electronic top loading balance 20000 × 0.1 g (1)

o   Thermometers

o   Watches & Clocks

o   Sample trays

o   Aspirators

o   Spatulas with wooden handle

o   Additional equipment (Buckets, Dishes, rubber hammers, gloves, bags, Beaker Aluminum, Bowl...) (5) each item   

o   Large curing tank with heater (1)

o   Slump Test Set (1)

o   Cube moulds

2.  Special equipment:

1.       Loss Angeles abrasion machine ASTM C131, EN 1097-2 (1)  

2.       Compressive strength machine according to BS 3892-3, ASTM C39, AASHTO T22 (1)

3.       100 kN flexural beams frame (Bending device) BS7263, ASTM C87 (1)

4.       Concrete test hammers according to EN12504-2 ASTM C805 (1)

5.       Servo-Controlled Electromechanical Universal Testing Machine EN10002, ASTM A376 (1)

6.       Pipes compression machine BS, ASTM, AASHTO T22 (1)

7.       Electric Core Drilling Machine, with Vacuum Facility (1)

8.       Concrete mixer (1)


9.       Tiles Abrasion Machine (1)

Chemistry lab

Chemistry lab


This lab will provide a good knowledge of some chemical concepts, which are necessary for civil engineering students. A special attention is given to the ingredients of cement and concrete, and roles they play. Electrochemistry and corrosion of metals will also be given a special focus.

General Equipments used in the lab

  • Oven 55 liter / up to 250°C                 1
  • Centrifuge 12 tubes 4000 r/min        1
  • Stirrer hotplates                                   8
  • Analytical Balance                                1

Students will observe, identify, and analyze some common household chemicals. They also will identify onions and cations in known and unknown samples. Experiments for determining the quality and hardness of water will also be gone through. Experiments for determining quantitatively the percentage of sulfate ion in a sample will also be done. An experiment for identifying Group I metal carbonate is determined gravimetrically using double replacement precipitation reaction.

Computer Lab



The faculty of civil engineering is currently owned one computer lab with 20 computers. The lab is used to serve several civil engineering courses like, Civil Engineering Informatics, Civil Engineering Programming, Higher Math and Informatics, Numerical Simulation Methods, Finite Element, Design of Engineering Application.

Major learning objectives

·         Basic office software applications

·         Drawing using AutoCAD – 2D

·         Logic and algorithms programming

·         Software development to solve basic engineering problems

·         Using object-oriented programming

·         Using UML modeling and UML diagrams

·         Using Numerical Integration

·         Solve systems of equations

·         Demonstrate the effectiveness of mathematical modeling as a fundamental scientific method to study natural and engineering systems

·         Learn the optimization: Genetic Algorithm


·         Analyzing civil engineering projects using MATLAB and the general-purpose finite element analysis Using Robot program.

Physics Lab


This lab aims to familiarize the students with the application of physics in buildings. The major focus will be the mechanics and the thermodynamics especially as they apply to civil engineering.

Major contents of the Lab

-          A balance pan.

-          A chronometer.

-          A sliding clamps.

-          Laboratory jack.

-          An oscilloscope type CS-4125 made by feedback or equivalent.

-          DC and AC power supply type 1350.93 made by Phywe.

-          A digital voltmeter (for DC and AC measurements) type 07134.00 supplied by Phywe.

-          An optical bench.

-          An auto transformer which supplies power to the source.

-          A variable resistor with a slider.

-          A DC millivoltmeter (0-300mV).

-          A Dc milliamperemeter (0-200 mA).

-          Wheatstone bridge.

-          A galvanometer.

-          A set of standard resistors used for electronic circuits.

-          A Venire caliper.

-          Multi-flashes photograph of 0.1 sec separation for a simple pendulum, a protractor.

-          An electrical heater.

-          Tripod holder.

-          Mixer.

-          Type NTC thermistor fastened to a holder.

-          Digital ohmmeter.

-          Hair dryer.

-          A digital voltmeter (0-30V), Connecting leads.

-          A probe which has a pen tip. A DC power supply (0-30V).

-          Solar panel made of 4 solar cells.


-          Apparatus for measuring thermal coefficient of expansion for metallic rod.

Soil Mechanics lab


Application of theoretical and experimental procedure of soil mechanics is the primary objectives of this lab. This include: identifying site condition, evaluation of loose rocks as construction material, and describing and determining the mechanic features of the soils.

Other lab objectives are: description and calculation of stress (tension), deformation and fracture conditions with regards to the structural features of soils, and stability analysis of foundation and retaining structures.

Main Experiments

·         Water Content Determination

·         Density (Unit Weight) Determination

·         Specific Gravity (Particle Density) Determination

·         Grain Size Analysis (Sieve and Hydrometer Analysis)

·         Atterberg Limit Tests (LL, PL & SL)

·         Moisture-Density Relation (Compaction) Test

·         Two types of compaction tests:

(1)    The Standard Proctor Test,

(2)    The Modified Proctor Test.


1-     General  equipments

·      Electrical digital oven with 500 liter capacity (1)

·      Electronic laboratory balance (capacity 45000×0.01 gram) (1)

·      Electronic top loading balance 20000 × 0.1 g (1)

·      Specimen Cutting Machine

·      Glass & plastic ware

·      Containers for moisture (cans) with 50×50mm dia, height (100)

·      Thermometers (3)

·      Watches & Clocks (3)

·      Sample trays

·      Aspirators   

·      Spatulas with wooden handle

·      Additional Equipments (Buckets, Dishes, rubber hammers, gloves, bags, beakless, funnel...)

·      Desiccator with 300 mm (2)

2-     Equipments for physical properties determination

3-     Equipments for physical classification properties

 (ASTM D4318 - AASHTO T89 - BS 1377)

4-     Equipments for mechanical properties determination

(ASTM 2435 – AASHTO T216 - BS 1377:5)     

(ASTM D3080 - AASHTO T236 -BS 1377:7)


5-     Software for all experiments

Laboratory of Structural Engineering


The lab of structural engineering includes educational experiments that cover the following basic subjects: Equipments of Stress and strain analysis, Experiments of structural mechanics, Experiments of statics, and Testing of strength of materials.

 Main Experiments

Stress & Strain Analysis

Structural Mechanics Experiments

Statics Experiments

Testing of Strength of Materials

 Main Equipments

 Multi-Channel Measurement Amplifier - GUNT FL 151(16-Channel)

Deformation of Frames - GUNT SE 110.20

Tension Coefficient Apparatus - TM115

Framework Experimental System - SE110.21

Framework Experimental System - SE110.22

Experimental Set of Parabolic Arch - SE110.16Apparatus to Investigate Hooke's Law - TM400


General Learning Objectives

Students can gain knowledge and independent skills of the following

·   Fundamentals of measuring with strain gauges

·   Calculation of the mechanical deformations under tension, bending and torsion, determination of the modulus of elasticity for various materials, etc.

·   Amplification and display of signals from measuring points

·   Processing of measured values on computer

·   Differences between statically determinate and statically indeterminate frames

·   Application of the principle of superposition 

·   Comparison of calculated and measured data

·   Graphical breakdown of forces by force parallelogram


·   Mechanical principles of the parabolic arch

Surveying Lab


 Surveying Lab  


        This laboratory is founded to perform the practical applications and training of the students of the civil                 engineering and architectural engineering of all the surveying works and the use of the different kind of             surveying instruments, apparatuses and equipments.                        

      At the end of the study, the student will be able to know all the surveying instruments and apparatus and           using them in the field for all civil engineering requirements.  The students will also get the ability of using           different programs and software which the instruments are supplied with like using the Planimeter, using             the GPS,and using the Auto geo program to obtain a digital surveying plan and plotting it.

   Main instruments and apparatus in the Lab

    1- Optical prismatic staff.           

    2 - Levels (digital and mechanical).                                                                                         

    3 – Theodolite.

    4 - Total station.  

    5 – Planimeter.

    6 - GPS instruments (geographic positioning system)

    7 - The necessary surveying software such as – Autogeo.