Lab Access

Transnational Access (TA) to a portfolio of world class research complementary infrastructures is offered to selected talented European researchers. Users are given access to the infrastructures for the design of the test specimen and the instrumentation, for the execution of the tests and for the processing and interpretation of results. The lead user and the majority of the users in a team work in an institution in a EU Member State or EU Associated country, but other than the one where the TA facility is established. The following facilities offer Transnational Access:

Users are integrated into the scheduling of the infrastructure during the execution programme of each project, from the design and construction of the test specimen, to the instrumentation, experimental testing and interpretation of experimental results, receiving from the staff of the infrastructure all the support needed to carry out their project. A user support team is allocated to each user on a daily basis, to develop and execute the test programme, including appropriate technicians for test model fabrication, instrumentation, etc.

The infrastructure facilities are well prepared to host external researchers. During their stay,  external researcheres are integrated with the permanent staff, from whom they receive technical and scientific assistance. Following the necessary training, users are able to fully participate in the test preparation, execution, data acquisition and interpretation.

The services that are given to users having access to the shaking table (ST), bearing tester system (BTS), reaction wall (RW) and centrifuge (CG) infrastructures are:

  • technical assistance in the definition and design of the test model and of the experimental set-up, in order to adapt the testing programme to the characteristics of the infrastructure;
  • fabrication of reduced (ST) to full (RW) scale test models;
  • preliminary destructive or non destructive tests for material properties identification of the test model (ST, BTS and RW) and of the soil models used in the centrifuges (CG);
  • preparation of the models using automatic controlled sand pouring (EQUALS);
  • assistance in the design, calibration and implementation of the instrumentation, providing, within the availability constraints of the sensor stock of the infrastructure, state-of-the-art sensors, materials and components and the workmanship for their installation;
  • data acquisition systems;
  • assistance in the choice of the input signals;
  • use of analytical tools to support the design of the specimen and test campaign;
  • photographic and video records of the test model before, during and after the test campaign;
  • photogrammetric techniques (at the development stage) for tracing deformations of structures (currently available only at the TAMARIS and ELSA infrastructures);
  • a computer network with access to large computer codes for static and dynamic analysis of structures at the ST, BTS and RW infrastructures;
  • a data repository system accessible via Internet;
  • training of users in topics specific to their interest and to the project to which access is offered, in areas related to the experimental activities of the infrastructure;
  • opportunity to collaborate with the international beneficiaries of the infrastructure;
  • safety training of users;
  • data processing, analysis and interpretation of the test results.

Read more about the selected TA Research projects.

Prospective users are invited to consult the open calls for proposals, in the news category, for updated information on the availability. Read more about the submission procedure of TA Proposals.

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