2016 Environmental and Structural Engineering Laboratory II

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Yokoyama Yutaka  Takeuchi Toru  Tamura Shuji  Yuasa Kazuhiro  Kagi Naoki  Matsui Ryota 
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Course description and aims

Students will get first-hand experience with basic characteristics of building environments, structure, and materials which cannot be experienced at their desk, as well as deepen their understanding of various theories and design methods.
For the building environment, as basic tests of sound, air, heat, and water, students will carry out noise measurement, wind speed distribution measurement, thermal distribution measurement, and water quality measurement. For the building structure, buckling experiments of truss structure, liquefaction tests, and vibration experiments are carried out.
For the building material, tests on the mechanical properties of the polymeric material, and a sliding test of floors that utilizes the psychological reactions of building end users are carried out.

Student learning outcomes

I This course provides a method for how to obtain the fundamental performance in environmental engineering, structural engineering, and building materials. Additionally this course provides a technique for how to calibrate properties of the specimens.
II Learn about the following items.
1.Environmental Engineering (Sound, Air, Heat, Water)
2.Structural Engineering (Truss structure, Ground, Dynamics)
3.Building Materials (Polymeric material, and sliding performance of floors)


Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, Building Materials

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students carry out experiments and measurements under the guidance of faculties and teaching assistants. Students have to submit reports of the experiments.
Students are divided into 4 groups in order to accomplish experiments.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation (All Faculties) Understanding the outline of the experiment and notes.
Class 2 Noise measurement Measuring noise levels outside buildings using a sound-level meter
Class 3 Measurement of airflow distribution in indoor Analyzing airflow distribution in indoor environment and measurement of air ventilation volume in a room
Class 4 Measurement of temperature distribution Making a thermocouple and measurement distribution of temperature
Class 5 Water quality measurement Learning the method for the water quality test and measurement of water, such as tap water
Class 6 Soil liquefaction Evaluation of effective stress during soil liquefaction
Class 7 Response of a two masses vibration system Evaluation of natural periods of a two mass structure based on shaking table tests
Class 8 Response of a multi-mass vibration system Evaluation of natural periods of a multi mass structure based on microtremor measurements
Class 9 Preparation of Experiment on Truss Structure Learn about the connection system and how to use the measurement instruments through assembly and strain-gauge attachment on truss beam and material test specimen.
Class 10 Loading Test on Truss Structure Understand the collapse characteristics of steel material and truss beam through the tensile coupon test and buckling test of truss beam.
Class 11 Mechanism of Truss Structure Deeply understand the buckling characteristics of truss structure through the overview and discussions of the experimental results
Class 12 Polymer material strength test Evaluation of mechanical characteristics of polymer material
Class 13 Slip resistance test against floor materials Studying the method for evaluating floor slipperiness considering human psychology
Class 14 Supplementary experiments and summary of the classes Summarizes the experienced experiments, and perform additional experiments if necessary.
Class 15 Review of the reports Create a report on the experienced experiments, and perform critiques if necessary.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course documents are provided during each class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' course scores are evaluated on the basis of the reports of experiments. Full attendance and completion of all experiments are basically compulsory.

Related courses

  • ARC.A302 : Environmental and Structural Engineering Laboratory I

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

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