Fritz Lab: A Uniquely Lehigh Experience
It’s summer at Lehigh, which means that students in the master of engineering in structural engineering program are beginning their 10-month school year. As part of their structural laboratory course, this 10-foot-high concrete column was tested in the 5,000,000-pound machine in Fritz Engineering Laboratory. The column, 28 inches in diameter, crushed after the machine applied a total of just over 4,000,000 pounds of downward compression. At the completion of the test, the column was approximately 1.5 inches shorter. The ability to conduct such full-scale testing in an academic setting is a uniquely Lehigh experience. Our labs allow students to witness, first-hand, how a typical bridge or building column fails under extreme loads. This one-of-a-kind testing machine has been instrumental in the groundbreaking research conducted at Lehigh for many years. It’s a big reason why students the world over come to Bethlehem to study structural engineering.