The Department of Civil and Building Engineering at the University of Sherbrooke has one of the largest structural laboratories in Canada. With the combination of two large structural halls, one of which was completed in 2009, the department offers a unique research environment with large-scale specimen testing equipment.
This external laboratory provides the facilities to prepare the forms, mount the instrumented reinforcement, pour the elements from truck mixers and cure the reinforced concrete under controlled conditions.
Laboratory for the manufacture of full-scale concrete elements
Integrated research laboratory for the development of innovative sustainable materials and structures
This 4000 m² FCI laboratory includes environmental chambers, 1 structural slab of 200 m2, a hydraulic press of 11.4 MN, 2 L-shaped reaction walls of 15 m, hydraulic jacks used in static and dynamic and 1 automatic concrete plant of 0.5 m3. Equipment to measure the thermal properties of concrete is available since 2018.
This laboratory includes a high-speed camera, equipment for conducting blower door and infrared thermography tests, a wind tunnel and a test bench for testing different natural ventilation concepts applicable to building halls.
Building Engineering Laboratory
Geotechnical and Soil Dynamics Laboratory
The University of Sherbrooke also has a state-of-the-art geotechnical and soil dynamics laboratory, including innovative 1D and 3D seismic wave simulators.
Created in 2013, the expertise of the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory for Sustainable Engineering and Ecodesign (LIRIDE) focuses on life cycle assessment. Internationally recognized for its sound scientific research, LIRIDE supports industry, SMEs, and organizations in their commitment to true sustainability supported by life cycle assessment and the circular economy.