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Undergraduate Laboratories

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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
  • several data acquisition systems
  • four pre-gauged cantilever beams with strain gage readouts
  • 2 impact testing units including piezoelectric impulse hammer
  • accelerators
  • LVDT and capacitive transducers
  • two temperature measurement units with an infrared sensor
  • thermocouples
  • strain gauges
  • thermistors and RTDs
  • stepper and DC servo motors
  • assorted electromechanical items such as solenoids, relays, micro-switches, infrared proximity sensors, piezoelectric buzzers, strobe lights, fans, blowers, etc.
  • oscilloscopes 

 

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 and pressure processing
  • torsional and rectilinear mechanical systems
  • a balancing apparatus
  • a vibration experiment
  • a pneumatic control system-with feedback
  • sound measurement and machinery noise attenuation set-up

Manufacturing Laboratory:

  • CNC milling machine
  • CNC lathe 
  • LeBlond lathe
  • 3D printers

 

The Computer Aided Design (CAD) Laboratory:

Computer-Aided Design Lab (ST-213)

  • 26 Dell Optiplex 9020 computers
  • 2 HP 4700dn LaserJet color printers
  • 1 HP P4015dn LaserJet printer
  • 1 Dell PowerEdge T430 server

Nuclear Engineering Computer Lab (ST-213)

  • 20 Dell Optiplex 960 computers

Numerical Computations Lab (ST-226)

  • 26 Dell Optiplex 960 computers
  • 2 HP P4015dn LaserJet printers
  • 1 Dell PowerEdge 2500 server

Manufacturing Computer Lab (ST-B39)

  • 15 Dell Optiplex 9010 computers
  • 1 HP 4250dtn LaserJet printer
  • 1 HP P4015dn LaserJet printer

These systems are equipped with mechanism design, mathematics, finite element, orbital mechanics, environmental control, nuclear engineering, thermodynamics and computer-aided manufacturing software including:

  • Abaqus
  • Ansys Fluent
  • Comsol
  • Engineering Equation Solver (EES)
  • eQuest
  • HSM Works
  • Mathcad
  • Mathematica
  • Matlab
  • PCTran BWR5
  • PCTran PWR 4LP
  • SolidWorks
  • Spice Opus Simulator
  • Systems Tool Kit (STK)
  • Working Model