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Welcome to the Structures and Materials Research Laboratory!

COVID-19 UPDATE: Our Laboratory has reopened at full capacity as of Wednesday, June 10. We are conducting research and testing as normal. Please contact Dr. Bora Gencturk at on technical matters and Mr. Fidel Hurtado at 213-804-7265 in case of emergencies.

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.

SMRL is accredited as a testing laboratory by the International Accreditation Services (IAS) according to ISO/IEC 17025. This accreditation demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope and the operation of a laboratory quality management system (refer to the joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communiqué dated January 2009). Our accreditation certificate and the scope of our accreditation may be found here.

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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