Mechanical Engineering and Technology Laboratories
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 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.
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 Manufacturing Center, located in Williston Hall, has four laboratory areas. (1) The machining lab has six Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) lathes, six CNC 3-axis knee mills, a CNC 3-axis bed mill, two Vertical Machining Centers, and a Coordinate Measuring Machine. Students learn through experiential laboratory activities the principles of material removal, from basic, manual operations through the most advanced computer aided manufacturing (CAM) processes. (2) The Rapid Prototyping (RP) lab has multiple 3-D printing processes enabling students to fabricate models for projects courses and sand casting patterns for the foundry. As is true in the machining section, all RP processes are on the Institute network, allowing remote access file handling. (3) The metal fabrication area contains all the basic sheet metal fabrication equipment along with a 4’ x 4’ CNC plasma torch table. There are six multi-process GMAW welding stations on downdraft tables. (4) The foundry lab is used to pour aluminum parts using the green sand casting process.