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Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Laboratories

The Department of Mechanical Engineering provides separate teaching laboratories for the study of measurement techniques and instrumentation, fluid mechanics and aerodynamics, thermal sciences, material science and processing, solid mechanics, machine design, robotics, computer-aided design and manufacturing and a modern machine shop, as well as a laboratory for the use of micro computers and workstations in mechanical engineering.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering supports and maintains the following undergraduate laboratories:

The Engineering Mechatronics Laboratory:

  • two signal processing set-ups
  • instruments for signal generation, amplification and filtering
  • two data acquisition systems
  • a table top universal testing machine
  • two photoelasticity devices
  • four pre-gauged cantilever beams with strain gage readouts
  • an impact testing unit including piezoelectric impulse hammer
  • accelerator
  • LVDT and capacitive transducer
  • two temperature measurement units with an infrared sensor
  • thermocouples
  • strain gauges
  • thermistors and RTDs
  • stepper and DC servo motors
  • wind tunnel with Pitot static and hotwire anemometric sensors and pressure transducers
  • assorted electromechanical items such as solenoids, relays, micro-switches, infrared proximity sensors, piezoelectric buzzers, strobe lights, fans, blowers, etc.

 

The Aero-Thermal-Fluids Laboratory:

  • wind tunnel with 40 cm x 40 cm working section
  • 6 in diameter pipe
  • Pelton wheel and a turbine unit
  • extended fin apparatus for unsteady heat transfer
  • heat exchanger and a refrigeration unit

 

The Engineering Materials Laboratory:

  • extensive facilities for the preparation of specimens for metallographic examination using modern digital imaging analysis system
  • several furnaces for heat treatment
  • metallurgical microscopes with photomicrographic attachment
  • image processor with built-in software for metallographic study
  • various hardness and impact testers
  • a universal testing machine with accessories for creep and environmental studies
  • an ultrasonic crack detector
  • testing machinery for tension, compression, fracture, fatigue, stress relaxation

 

The Dynamics and Control Laboratory:

  • equipment for static and dynamic rotor balancing
  • vibration testing
  • sound level measurement
  • several feedback control units for servo- mechanisms
  • pneumatic-mechanical linkages
  • flow-level/ temperature processing

 

The Solid Mechanics Laboratory:

  • a balancing apparatus
  • a vibration experiment
  • a pneumatic control system-with feedback
  • sound measurement and machinery noise attenuation set-up

 

The Robotics and Manufacturing Automation Laboratory:

  • an industrial-grade electrically powered
  • DC servo SCARA robot with vision guidance for palletizing and statistical quality control
  • a flexible manufacturing cell with a CNC turning center and an electrical articulated robot
  • a CIM unit with a CNC milling machine and a pneumatic Cartesian robot, linked by a conveyer belt and a programmable logic controller
  • a screw-type extruder
  • a plunger-type injection molder and a roller

 

The Computer Aided Design (CAD) Laboratory:

  • 26 DEC Workstations with high resolution graphics
  • three DEC 5000 series servers and color laser printers
  • twenty-six Dell Dimension 8200 series computers
  • a Dell PowerEdge 2500 server
  • two HP Color LaserJet 4600dn printers
  • HP LaserJet 5100 printer
  • a wide-screen monitor
  • twenty-seven Sun Unix workstations
  • sixteen Pentium PC’s
  • These systems are equipped with mechanism design, mathematics, finite element, boundary element and computer-aided manufacturing software, including:
    • PRO-ENGINEER
    • Solid Works
    • Think Design
    • LS-DYNA
    • ABAQUS
    • MathCAD
    • MATLAB
    • AutoCAD
    • FLUENT
    • NASTRAN-4D
    • MasterCAM
    • I-DEAS
    • BEASY
    • IMSL

 

The microcomputer and workstations Laboratories:

  • numerous PCs and twenty DEC 2100/3000 workstations
  • over 80 UNlX- operated
  • workstations networked through INTERNET

 

A modern Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Laboratory:

  • four CNC machining centers
  • a computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) system
  • with industrial grade robots: two articulate arm types and one SCARA