Mechanical Engineering and Technology Laboratories
This hybrid student work area for hardware and software development was designed for the study of digital hardware, including microprocessors, microcontrollers, digital signal processing technology, and very large scale integration chips. There are 24 computers in this laboratory. There are 12 computers in this laboratory which are linked together by a general-purpose interface-bus to their own set of digital test equipment.
Engineering students doing design, analysis, and simulation use this laboratory space, containing four workstations arranged for team projects. A partial list of the software available in the laboratory includes Microsoft Professional Office, MATLAB with most of MATLAB’s toolboxes, AutoCAD, Working Model, Solid Works, Cosmosworks, and a finite element software package (COMSOL), Agilent’s VEE, and LabView.
The Engineering Center allows the engineering students to develop their design ideas; perform Library and Internet searches; test and evaluate hardware and software; create an engineering prototype for demonstration; write proposals and reports; and meet with colleagues and faculty about their designs. Located on the first floor of Dobbs Hall, the Engineering Center houses the: Design and Simulation Laboratory; Engineering Prototype and Projects Laboratory; Library and Resource area for engineering students; Materials Science Laboratory; and Engineering faculty offices.
This laboratory provides students with an area to build and test their prototypes. Internet access is available as well as standard electronic bench equipment (oscilloscope, digital multimeter, function generator, and power supply). Workbenches and equipment are available for component assembly and packaging, soldering, and mechanical assembly.
The Materials Science Laboratory is equipped with all of the necessary equipment to introduce students to the concepts and fundamentals of materials. Metallographic samples are prepared with the help of diamond cut-off saws and electro-hydraulic automatic mounting presses. Microstructural analysis can be performed on one of several inverted microscopes equipped with digital imaging hardware. High temperature, industrial box furnaces, and cold-rolling equipment are used to demonstrate the relationship of manufacturing processes and resulting material properties. Other topics of experimentation include electrochemical corrosion and polymer-matrix composite materials.
The Electronics Laboratory is a core work area for all electronics and computer engineering technology students. Twenty computers, each linked by a general purpose interface bus to its own set of test equipment, enable students to perform computer-aided tests, circuit analysis and simulation tasks, and to solve data acquisition and process control problems. Each computer is loaded with an array of current software packages and is connected for e-mail and Internet access.
The Strength of Materials Laboratory houses electrodynamic and hydraulic testing equipment which allows students to investigate important material properties such as tensile strength, shear stress, and elasticity. Other major apparatus featured in this lab include a fatigue tester, a beam deflection station, a rotating beam device, an impact tester, a temperature creep tester, and electronic strain gages. Students also analyze various structures and profile the results using graphics software
This laboratory contains an array of fluid testing and propulsion equipment such as a subsonic wind tunnel, a variable-frequency drive pumping station, a supersonic/compressible flow system, a friction pressure drop piping system for circulating water, a Saybolt Universal Viscosimeter, and a velocity profile/pitot tube apparatus.
The HVAC laboratory enables mechanical engineering technology and electromechanical engineering students to learn moist air properties and air-conditioning processes, and also investigate different HVAC systems and refrigeration cycles. This lab houses several basic vapor compression refrigeration systems and an industrial type vapor-compression system with double evaporator and water cooled condenser. It is also equipped with a basic air-conditioning system experiments to study Psychometric processes.
The Heat Transfer lab enables students to study principles of heat conduction, convection, and radiation. It includes an axial and a radial conduction experiments, a shell and tubes and a plate heat exchanger. There are also equipments and sensors that allow students to investigate transient heat transfer and lumped system analysis, radiation prosperities, heat sink, and heat pipes.
This laboratory space is dedicated for multi-purpose student-based innovative projects. Machining equipment, welding facilities, and a variety of tools are available in this area to promote student-based innovative projects.
Located in the Richard H. Lufkin Technology Center, the Automation Laboratory is a center for advanced manufacturing, providing students with state-of-the-art training in CAD/CAM, robotics, and computer numeric control (CNC). This lab houses several pick-and-place robots with 5-axis capability and 2CNC millers with a multiple tool changer and a numerical control router and a 2corp 3D printer. Students design and produce various prototypes and projects, applying their knowledge of computer-aided design and CNC programming language.
The Thermodynamics Laboratory serves students enrolled in mechanical and electromechanical degree programs and enables them to study the use of energy for the purposes of mechanical and electrical power production. This lab features a turbo charged diesel engine/generator station, a calorimeter for fuel analysis, an air heat-recovery ventilator (white enclosure) for indoor air quality, a state-of-the-art small engine dynamometer, and an aircraft gas turbine. Students are introduced to pressure, temperature, and humidity testing devices such as transducers, vacuum gages, thermocouples, and barometers. Engine efficiency and performance tests are conducted, and students learn basic properties of various fluids.
The Electromagnetics and Telecommunications Laboratory is intended primarily to meet the needs of the rapidly growing telecommunications industry. This student work area is currently equipped with ten of the latest RF network analyzers and ten computers for work in electromagnetic field theory.
The Power and Controls Laboratory is a specialty lab dedicated to the study of various size motors and generators and to the analysis and design of analog and digital feedback control systems. Centered on four machine sets, this student work area is supported by ten computers, digital oscilloscopes, and digital multimeter
Biomedical Engineering Laboratory
The Biomedical Engineering Laboratory is a new specialty laboratory at Wentworth dedicated to the study of medical devices and systems. The lab is equipped with basic sensors and processing units for medical instrumentation. In addition, selected state-of-the-art medical devices used in diagnosis and therapy are available for supporting several laboratory courses in the Biomedial Engineering major.
This laboratory features conventional machining equipment such as lathes, drill presses, surface grinders, and vertical milling machine. There is also a welding area where students learn the basics of Oxy-Acetylene (gas), Shielded Metal Arc (stick), welding, as well as safety. This laboratory also has a working foundry where students get to see and make Green Sand Molds that have molten aluminum poured into them to create a part or base. Students enrolled in Electromechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technology use this equipment to learn the principles of manufacturing. Sheet metal fabrication processes and measurement techniques are also major topic areas, and advanced level students are exposed to numerical control programming. This lab supports numerous project courses and is a valuable resource for the development of prototypes for students involved in various professional societies and clubs.
The laboratory is used to supplement nanotechnology courses at Wentworth and supports undergraduate research through senior design offerings and special student projects as well as for teaching across engineering disciplines, particularly Electronics,
Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Electromechanical Engineering to promote cross-disciplinary teamwork at Wentworth. The laboratory encompasses a nanoparticle deposition system capable of generating nanoparticles of different sizes from different materials in a differential pressure vacuum system along with other test and characterization equipments.