Mechanical Engineering Laboratories

 

Additive Manufacturing Center (CEIS 107)

3D Printed Design of a Woman's Skull on a Pumpkin

The Additive Manufacturing Center houses several 3D-printing technologies, including Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA), PolyJet, Multi-Jet Fusion, and FDM/Sinter Metal printing. This facility also includes a dedicated Finishing Room for post-processing 3D-printed parts and assemblies as well as an integrated instruction area for up to 24 students.

 

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.

 

Gelfand Strength of Materials Laboratory (Dobbs 008)

A student prepares a piece of equipment in the Strength of Materials lab, while his supervisor looks on.Students test materials in the Tortion Lab in the Strength of Materials area.

 

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.
 

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.

 

Manufacturing Center (Williston 001)

A student stands to operate one of the milling machines in the Manufacturing CenterA student welds metal in the Manufacturing CenterA student pours melted aluminum into molds in the foundry.

The Manufacturing Center has three laboratory areas:  machining, metal fabrication, and a foundry.
The machining area has six computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathes, six CNC three-axis knee mills, a CNC three-axis bed mill, and two 4-axis vertical machining centers. All the equipment is linked through the campus network allowing remote access file handling.  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 metal fabrication area contains basic sheet metal fabrication equipment. 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)

BELM Student operates the kiln in the Materials Science LabA machine measures the thickness of a dime in the Materials Science Lab

 

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.
 

Project Laboratory (Kingman 103)

Mechanical Senior Design Students work on their prototype in the Projects Lab

A senior design student mounts a bike in the Mechanical Projects Lab

The Engineering Projects Lab is full of equipment and machinery set up like an engineering prototyping area of a Research and Development department.  The mills and lathes here are supplied with a full stock of drills and mills.  2 full tool boxes filled with essential tools. The lab is always in full stock of hardware, such as screws, nuts and washers, as well as materials like steel, aluminum, brass and plastics.  There is a full supply of mechanical measuring equipment, such as calipers, veneers and dial indicators, and full 3D printing Centers available to the students.

 

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.