Experimentation has a fundamental role for scientific research: validation of models and theories, structural identification and performance definition of systems and components are just few applications. Within the structural and seismic engineering framework, the importance of experimental activities keeps increasing, progressively assuming a key role exploiting the development of new technologies, both for test execution and data acquisition and processing. The equipment of Eucentre Laboratories allows executing static and dynamic tests on large or real scale specimens, strongly reducing the uncertainties related to scale effects and improving the correlation to real cases. This, in turn, facilitates the process of data analysis and results interpretation.
The constant willingness to improve the organisation of its own resources, the effectiveness of the adopted internal procedures and their daily application allowed Eucentre to get a certified management system according to ISO 9001:2015. Furthermore, Accredia recognized to Eucentre the ability to perform tests in accordance to the international standard UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories”.
The laboratories of the Eucentre Foundation includes the following experimental facilities:
· High performance uniaxial shaking table;
· Multi-axial shaking table (6 DoFs)
· Strong floor-reaction wall system;
· Dynamic testing system for bearings and isolators;
· Damper testing system;
· Contactless motion capture system;
· Mobile laboratory;
· Mobile unit for structural assessment.