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Welcome to the Structures and Materials Research Laboratory!

The Structures and Materials Research Laboratory (SMRL) at the University of Southern California (USC) is located in the basement of Kaprielian Hall (KAP). SMRL is specially designed to conduct material, and reduced-, large- and full-scale structural testing. The laboratory is equipped to conduct research to improve the safety, sustainability and serviceability of built infrastructure. The Laboratory consists of over 4,000 square ft of test space and associated fabrication facilities. A floor plan of the laboratory is shown in the figure below. One bay of the laboratory space (over A1a and A2) is served by a 5-ton overhead crane. Additionally, two forklifts with capacities of 6,000 lbs and 3,000 lbs are available. Find out more.

Floor Plan

Designated Facility Areas

A1a: Large-Scale Reaction Frame
A1b: Reduced-Scale Reaction Frame
A2: Indoor Fabrication Space
A3: Workshop
A4: Materials Testing Space
A5: Materials Curing/Conditioning Space
A6: Shake Tables
A7: Hydraulic Power Supply
A8: Concrete Materials Room
A9: Covered Outdoor Fabrication Area and Storage
A10: Outdoor Fabrication Area and Storage
Data acquisition systems, sensors and other mobile devices