Concrete Research Laboratory


Director: Prof. Dr. Magdy Kassem




The Concrete Research Laboratory of the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University is one of the main piers that revolutionized structural engineering in Egypt. The lab utilizes its available resources to conduct experimental tests concerning scientific research in the field of reinforced concrete for more than seventy years.


Concrete Research Lab is considered one of the largest and well established Labs in the Middle East. The Lab was first established in 1931 as part of the Royal School of Engineering (now the Faculty of Engineering) of the Egyptian University (now Cairo University) located at a building next to the Heat Lab of the Mechanical Engineering Department. The lab was transferred to its permanent location in the Faculty Annex in 1939. The lab was under joint management with the “Foundation Lab” till their separation in the early fifties.


In 1990, the Concrete Lab was renovated to occupy an area three times the size of its previous one. The Lab new equipment is considered to be the state-of-the art in machinery. It allows the conduction of highly sophisticated tests and research. It includes a test base for investigating long span structural elements under loads with different directions. Also, a special section was constructed to test small-scale models.


Research activities

  • Conducting scientific research on plain, reinforced and pre-stressed concrete carried out by graduate students and staff members
  • Organizing scientific conferences.


Beam Sample after Testing



Facilities include;

  • 500 , 200 , 175  ton Universal testing machines
  • A solid base with huge loading steel that allow testing using hydraulic jacks with high loading capacities
  • A universal Shimadzu testing machine
  • Modern instruments such as electronic loading machines in which loading can be controlled through displacements, and automatically monitored.
  • Other modern instruments were added to the Lab to cope with the latest innovations in reinforced concrete research.
  • Highly qualified technicians are managing the instruments under the supervision of teaching staff and professors in the field of reinforced concrete


2aControl Panel and Electronics for Testing3a

Strong Floor and Rigid Frame for Testing

4aHydraulic Testing Frame

5aBeam Sample after Testing

6aConcrete Cube Testing Machine

7a500 ton Hydraulic Testing Frame

8a175 ton Hydraulic Testing Frame

9aComputerized Shimadzu testing machine


Industrial Interaction

Concrete research laboratory, Cairo University is aiming at enhancing the scientific and industrial interaction and cooperation between the university and society through services for institutions, enterprises and engineering firms all over the country through :

  • Conducting necessary Lab experiments for quality control of concrete structures and assessment of different concrete structural elements.
  • Conducting field experiments on different structures using non-destructive tests, e.g. ultrasonic waves, Schmidt hammer etc… Also conducting loading tests on existing structures, e.g. bridges, factories etc.
  • Providing professional training programs for structural engineers.


Consulting Services

Field Tests

  • Hammer tests for measurement of hardened concrete strength.
  • Ultrasonic and loading tests for pile foundations
  • Extracting concrete core specimens.
  • Loading tests for different structural elements.
  • Measuring strains and deflections due to loading of structural elements.
  • Locating the distribution and diameter of steel reinforcement bars, and the thickness of concrete cover in different structural elements.


Quality Control

  • Reviewing structural designs.
  • Technical inspection of materials.
  • Controlling concrete materials.
  • Technical inspection before concrete curing.
  • Technical inspection during and after curing.
  • Assisting in project construction management.


Technical Reports

  • Conducting necessary field inspections.
  • Preparing structural safety reports.
  • Preparing structural inspection reports.
  • Suggesting methods for repairing and strengthening of defected structural elements.


Structural Design

  • Structural design of reinforced concrete structures
  • Revising structural designs


 6th October Bridge loading test

11aAswan Bridge loading test12a

Pedestrian Bridge loading test13a

Railway beam loading test14a

Framework loading test15a

Wooden beam loading test16a

Design and supervision of repair works of Parliament Building17a

Design and supervision of repair works of Shura Building



Cairo University

Structural Engineering Department

Concrete Research Laboratory

Jamaa Street, Giza, Egypt

Tel +2-02-35732655    Fax +2-02-35721042,31.2099407,170m/data=!3m1!1e3



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