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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Laboratory & Studio Facilities

Wentworth’s laboratory and studio facilities are equipped with the tools, materials, apparatus, instrumentation, and machinery necessary to provide students with a variety of hands-on technical, industrial, and design experiences. This detailed listing of laboratory and studio facilities demonstrates the range of practical learning opportunities afforded to Wentworth students.

Architecture Design Studios (Annex North)

The Department of Architecture’s design studios comprise of three floors of the Annex North building. These large loft-like spaces with natural light and outside views provide dedicated work space for each student, as well as critique rooms for group reviews.

Architecture Center for Applied Research (Annex North)

The Department of Architecture's Center for Applied Research (CfAR) is a student-focused collaborative environment for investigating emerging fabrication technologies and methods. CfAR supports the department’s core principle of thinking through making by providing a dynamic network of spaces for prototyping and applied research. Students have access to equipment, expertise, and guidance across many areas of fabrication including CNC milling, 3D printing, woodworking, laser-cutting, and robotics.

Biology Laboratories (Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering 122, 210)

The Department of Sciences has two biology labs in the Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. These labs are outfitted with the newest equipment for conducting experiments in cell and molecular biology and biotechnology, and for performing studies for anatomy and physiology courses. These labs contain compound light microscopes, micropipettes, and spectrophotometers for introductory courses, as well as thermal cyclers and molecular imaging systems for DNA and protein analysis. The labs also feature cutting edge devices including fluorometers, a fluorescent microscope, and a real-time-PCR system for more sophisticated experiments. A dedicated space within the biology labs is designed for performing and teaching cell culture techniques, which includes a biosafety cabinet and incubator. Collectively, the biology labs are well equipped to provide students with the necessary tools and technology to gain relevant lab experience and skills for studying the natural world.

Biomedical Engineering Labs (Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering)

The Biomedical Engineering department has three labs in the Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering: the Biomedical Instrumentation and Medical Devices lab (BMIL), the Bioelectronics & Biofluids lab (BEFL), and the Biomedical Engineering Project lab (BEPL). Several medical devices used in clinical diagnosis, therapy, research, and development are housed in these labs in support of several lab-based courses in the biomedical engineering program. The devices in BMIL include biomedical electrical safety analyzers, heart rate and blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, electronic stethoscopes, ECG monitors, telemetry and nurse call systems, external pacemakers, defibrillators, AED’s, neonatal and transport incubators, electrolyte and blood gas analyzers, automated blood cell counters, and patient monitors, as well as a collection of special purpose simulators. BEFL contains several medical electronic sensors and signal processing units, biological work tables, centrifuges, microtome, cryostat, and infusion pumps. Both BMIL and BEFL include general test and calibration equipment, and provide access to commonly-used engineering software and specialized biomedical software. BEPL is designed for final-year students to work on their senior interdisciplinary projects.

Altschuler Computer Center (Wentworth 004)

The Altschuler Computer Center is outfitted with the latest data center technology including Dell servers, Cisco routers and switches, patch panels, UPS systems, and an EMC VNX housed in server racks. Students work with a variety of operating systems and tools, including enterprise virtualization software, while creating a multitude of network and system configurations.

Blaisdell Biodiesel Lab (Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering 105)

This laboratory is equipped to handle the production and testing of biodiesel, as well as other advanced chemical experimentation. The lab houses a biodiesel reactor constructed by Wentworth students. There are two chemical hoods, as well as a large drop hood to handle larger equipment requiring ventilation. The laboratory is also equipped with other advanced chemical apparatus for refinement and analysis of chemical products.

Casella Robotics Laboratory (Rubenstein 101)

This laboratory is used in the study of robotic systems, as well as study of digital hardware including microprocessors, microcontrollers, digital signal processing technology, and FPGA- (field-programmable gate array) integrated circuits. The laboratory is equipped with two robotic arm systems, in addition to translational and rotational vibration modules that can be used as one- or multi-degree freedom vibrational systems. There are eight computers in this laboratory, which are linked together by a general-purpose interface bus to their own set of digital test equipment.

Chemistry Laboratories (Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering 326, 329, and 330)

Each of the chemistry labs is outfitted with the newest equipment for conducting experiments in general chemistry and selected topics in general chemistry, as well as organic and biochemistry.  The chemistry labs contain integrated safety showers and eyewash stations, in addition to traditional chemistry laboratory equipment including centrifuges, hoods, micropipettes, and computer integrated spectrophotometers, ion-selective electrodes, conductivity meters, electrochemistry apparatus, Galvanic cells, spectroscopes heating and drying ovens, distillation equipment, constant temperature baths, and related devices. A dedicated space proximate to the chemistry labs is designed for performing and teaching use of IR (Infrared) spectrophotometers and other sensitive chemistry instrumentation. Collectively, the chemistry labs are well equipped to provide students with the necessary tools and technology for a collaborative learning environment.

Concrete Laboratory (Annex Central 012)

The lab's major pieces of equipment include two concrete mixers, sieve shakers, sample splitters, curing tank, scales, air content, slump and unit weight testing equipment, and drying ovens. Students learn the fundamentals of concrete mix design and testing in this lab. Tests are run on aggregates, as well as on the freshly made and hardened concrete. Students can measure the effect that different aggregate gradations, varying amounts of water, and the use of admixtures have on a concrete mix.

Construction Management Project Laboratory (Annex South 002 & 004)

The construction management lab provides students with place to apply the technical skills of a construction project from concept to completion. Some of the skills developed here include resource management, time, cost, and quality with an emphasis on team building. During a student’s collaboration here they will complete projects using such proficiencies as budgeting, scheduling, estimating, engineering fundamentals, and analytical and communication skills. Computer monitors are available for each work station, and both labs have a smart board and screens for presentations.

Construction Outdoor Laboratory

This paved outdoor space provides construction management students with an area to erect masonry and timber structures, and evaluate various construction methods and practices.

Electromagnetics and Telecommunications Laboratory (Wentworth 003)

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.

Electronics Laboratory (Dobbs 202)

The Electronics Laboratory is a core work area for all electrical and computer engineering, and 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.

Electronics Project Laboratory (Dobbs 303A)

This laboratory provides students with an area to build and test their prototypes. The laboratory contains standard electronic bench equipment (oscilloscope, digital multimeter, function generator, and power supply), and workbenches and similar equipment are available for component assembly and packaging, and mechanical assembly.

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (Kingman 101)

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.

Fluids and Hydraulics Laboratory (Annex Central 005)

Equipment in this laboratory is used to demonstrate the basic principles of hydraulics and fluid flow in both open channels and closed conduits. Students learn the concepts of buoyancy, velocity of flow, energy losses in bends and restrictions, sediment transport, and pump efficiency. Each of the large benches has a reservoir and a pump to circulate water. Individual experiments can be hooked up to these, allowing students to have separate workstations. Of particular note are the two five-meter flumes.

Geotechnical Laboratory (Annex Central 009)

The major pieces of equipment in this laboratory include a triaxial machine, two direct shear machines, two unconfined compression machines, four consolidometers, a data collector, and sieve shaker. Tests on field-obtained soil samples can be performed to characterize and classify soil and to determine the strength, settlement, and drainage characteristics of soil deposits, information which is essential to the design of shallow and deep foundations, embankments, retaining walls, and base courses for highways.

Heat Transfer Laboratory (Kingman 102)

The Heat Transfer lab enables students to study principles of heat conduction, convection, and radiation. It includes equipment for axial and radial conduction experiments, a shell and tubes and a plate heat exchanger. The lab also contains equipment and sensors that allow students to investigate transient heat transfer and lumped system analysis, radiation prosperities, heat sink, and heat pipes.

Instrumentation Lab (Kingman 102)

The Instrumentation laboratory enables mechanical engineering and electromechanical engineering students to learn moist air properties and air-conditioning processes, and also investigate various heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (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 to study psychometric processes, as well as general engineering instrumentation processes.

Industrial Design Studios (Annex East and Annex South)

Beginning a student's sophomore year, the Department of Industrial Design provides dedicated studio space for each student. Studios include space for classes and individual work during evening and weekend hours. The studios also include several model shops equipped with traditional machines, as well as rapid prototyping fabrication. Full-time lab technicians monitor all model shops. There is also a digital imaging lab for drawing and photography.

Interior Design Studios (Annex South)

Starting in the sophomore year, the Interior Design Department provides dedicated studio space for each student. Studios include space for classes and individual work during evening and weekend hours. The studios also include critique spaces and a materials resource room.

Manufacturing Center (Williston 001)

The Manufacturing Center has four laboratory areas: the machining lab, the rapid prototyping lab, the metal fabrication space, and the foundry lab. 

The machining lab has six computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathes, six CNC three-axis knee mills, a CNC three-axis bed mill, two vertical machining centers, and a coordinate measuring machine. Through experiential laboratory activities, students learn the principles of material removal, from basic, manual operations through the most advanced computer aided manufacturing (CAM) processes.

The Rapid Prototyping (RP) lab contains 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.

The metal fabrication area contains basic sheet metal fabrication equipment, along with a four-ft. by four-ft. CNC plasma torch table.  There are six multi-process gas metal arc welding (GMAW) stations on downdraft tables.

The foundry lab is used to pour aluminum parts using the green sand casting process.

Materials Science Laboratory (Dobbs 104D)

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.

Nanotechnology Laboratory (Dobbs 006)

This laboratory is used to supplement nanotechnology courses. The lab supports undergraduate research through senior design offerings and special student projects, and allows for 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 an atomic force microscope, and other test and characterization equipment.

Physics Laboratories (Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering 201, 206, 207, 211, 212)

The Physics Laboratories are equipped to support introductory experiments in mechanics, fluids, sound, waves, electric and magnetic fields, and optics. They are also equipped to support more advanced physics experiments such as spectrum of gases, interferometry, photo-electric effect, electron to mass ratio, electron beam deflection by electric and magnetic forces, and X-rays. These experiments are performed with the help of a variety of precise and/or complex instruments that include electron tubes, an X-ray machine, precision interferometers, spectrometers, acoustic devices, an optic table, oscilloscopes, function generators, helium-neon lasers, and a complete microwave optics system. One of the labs is designed to perform light sensitive experiments in optics. The department also has its own weather station, providing a variety of weather related data.

Power and Controls Laboratory (Wentworth 007)

The Power and Controls Laboratory is a specialty lab dedicated to the study of various sized 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 multimeters.

Project Laboratory (Kingman 103)

This multi-purpose laboratory space is dedicated to student-based innovative projects. Machining equipment, welding facilities, and a variety of tools are available in this area.

Materials Testing Laboratory (Annex Central 007)

This laboratory space is used for soil identification and analysis. It contains ovens, sieves, scales, and two concrete cylinder compression machines.

Gelfand Strength of Materials Laboratory (Dobbs 008)

The Gelfand 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.

Survey Locker (Annex North)

This locker houses an impressive collection of state-of-the-art equipment for making linear and angular measurements, as well as locating points with a high degree of accuracy. Included are 10 automatic levels, 10 theodolites, five total stations with internal data collectors, one electronic digital level, one laser level, and two global positioning systems with multiple receivers. Students in the Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, and Construction Management programs are introduced to the theory of measurement in lecture and gain practical experience by using the instruments in lab. Surveying is conducted on and around the campus.

Thermodynamics Laboratory (Rubenstein 005)

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.

Environmental and Unit Operations Laboratory (Annex North 003)

This laboratory houses a variety of typical laboratory analytical equipment and assorted glassware including two 200-gallon wastewater pilot test tanks, a reverse osmosis water treatment system, three incubators for B.O.D. testing and incubating biological samples, a water distillation column, biological and chemical testing instrumentation, batch mixers, gas chromatograph, flame and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometer, six chemical hoods, various pumps filters, and metering instruments, assorted glassware, and six bench microscopes.