The Laboratory of Soil Mechanics of the National Technical University of Athens was founded in 1962 and since 2003 it is accommodated in the new buildings of the Geotechnical Department of the Civil Engineering School of the NTUA. Τhe goals of the laboratory are the following: to support and complement the teaching and research needs of the Geotechnical Department, both on undergraduate and postgraduate level, the development of research and relevant activities, the academic cooperation with research centers and academic institutions, domestic and international, the organization of scientific lectures, meeting and seminars, as well as publications and special issues, to provide services to public and private organizations. In order to achieve the aforementioned goals, the laboratory has developed the following independent but complementary research directions: >
(a) Experimental Soil Mechanics & Dynamics
(b) Experimental Simulation of Soil-Structure Systems
(c) Theoretical-Analytical Soil Mechanics & Dynamics
Staff: 5 faculty members, 3 researchers, 9 PHD candidates
Infrastructure: devices and apparatuses for the determination of soil properties; a shaking table; a fault rupture box for simulation of fault rupture propagation; a sand raining apparatus; a laminar box; data acquisition systems; sensor and measurement devices, PCs with the appropriate software.