Laboratories

Projects Laboratory

Engineering Prototype and Projects Laboratory

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.

Materials Science Laboratory (Dobbs Hall)

Materials Science Laboratory in Dobbs Hall

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.

Strength of Materials Laboratory (Dobbs Hall)

Strength of Materials Laboratory in Dobbs Hall

The Strength of Materials Laboratory houses electrodynamics 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.

Nanotechnology Laboratory (Dobbs Hall 006)

Nanotechnology Laboratory in Wilson Hall

The laboratory is used to supplement nanotechnology courses and supports undergraduate research through senior design offerings and special student projects as well teaching across engineering disciplines 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 a Scanning Atomic Force Microscope and other test and characterization equipment.

Electronics Laboratory (Dobbs Hall 202A/B)

Electronics Laboratory in Dobbs Hall

The Electronics Laboratory is a core work area for all Electrical and Computer Engineering students. Twenty laptops each linked by a general purpose interface bus to its own set of test equipment (oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, power supplies and function generators), enable students to perform computer-aided tests, circuit analysis, and simulation tasks as well as to solve data acquisition and process control problems. 

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (Kingman Hall)

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory in Kingman Hall

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 Viscometer, and a velocity profile/pitot tube apparatus.

HVAC Laboratory (Kingman Hall)

HVAC Laboratory in Kingman Hall

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 Laboratory (Kingman Hall)

The Heat Transfer Laboratory in Kingman Hall

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 additional equipment and sensors which allow students to investigate transient heat transfer and lumped system analysis, radiation prosperities, heat sink, and heat pipes.

Alternate Fuels Laboratory (Kingman Hall)

Alternate Fuels Laboratory in Kingman Hall

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.

Automation Laboratory (Rubenstein Hall)

Automation Laboratory in Rubenstein Hall

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.

Thermodynamics Laboratory (Rubenstein Hall)

Thermodynamics Laboratory in Rubenstein Hall

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.

Casella Robotics Laboratory (Rubenstein Hall 101) 

Computer Hardware Lab

This laboratory has eight workstations that include eight laptops, oscilloscopes, power supplies, function generators and digital multimeters. This laboratory also houses two robotics arms, one translational and one rotational vibration modules which can be used as one or multi-degree freedom vibrational systems.

Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (Wentworth Hall)

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 Biomedical Engineering major.

Electromagnetics and Telecommunications Laboratory (Wentworth Hall 003)

Electromagnetics and Telecommunications Laboratory in Wentworth Hall

This laboratory is intended primarily to meet the needs of the rapidly growing communication industry. The student work area is currently equipped with ten RF network analyzers, oscilloscopes, high frequency wave generators, and ten laptops.

Power and Controls Laboratory (Wentworth Hall 007)

Power and Controls Laboratory in Wentworth Hall

The Power and Controls Laboratory is a specialty lab dedicated to the study of various types of motors and generators as well as the analysis and design of analog and digital feedback control systems. Centered on four motor-generator sets, the student work area is supported by laptops, power supplies, function generators, digital oscilloscopes, and digital multimeters. 

Basic Industries Laboratory (Williston Hall)

Basic Industries Laboratory in Williston Hall

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.

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