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Engineering laboratories

Electronics and Electrical

Computer Interface laboratory
The Computer Interface lab consisting of 22 stations with I/O boards fitted, the stations have software ranging from Turbo C, C++ etc., PIC Development tools, Digital teaching package Logic works, Project Design package, Advance PCB Layout software, Orcad, Xilinx.

The lab also has various hardware application boards’ e.g. In house designed PIC teaching boards, Freescale S12, Multi-application boards, Xilinx teaching boards and PC I/O control facility and the facility to produce printed circuit boards (PCB) machine.

Control & Dynamics laboratory
The Control & Dynamics laboratory houses various experiments for teaching the principles of Thermodynamic, solar energy, dynamics and strength of materials. The lab also contains a number of Specialist Electro Mechanical Dynamics experiments.

Electronic/Electrical and Control experimental laboratory
The Electronic/electrical and Control experimental lab is used for general Electrical and Electronic engineering teaching techniques. Students can wire-up and test simple circuits on proto-boards.

The lab contains a number of workstations consisting of Digital Multimeter, Signal generator, Dual power supply and an oscilloscope. There are also 6 Feedback, control units used for teaching Control engineering. Computers are also available in the lab for teaching Matlab and Control.

Electronic/Electrical Experimental and Prototyping laboratory
The Electronic/electrical experimental and prototyping lab houses numerous Electronics workstations consisting of Digital Multimeter, Signal generator, Dual power supply and an oscilloscope.

The Electronic/electrical experimental and prototyping lab also houses software for design of PC (Printed Circuit Boards) and has general purpose equipment. There are Soldering stations available with fume extraction station and lab also supports both Analogue & Digital Electronics. There are computers available in this area used for running theoretical simulations for electronic designs.

Embedded Systems laboratory
The Embedded Systems laboratory approximately 25 PCs for teaching JAVA web design and hardware based Telematics subjects.

Nano labs
Housed in the Hawthorn and Queens Building, the Nano Engineering labs are linked with the Emerging Technologies Research Centre and are used by undergraduate, MSc and research students. Facilities include a clean room for fabrication of electronic devices, scanning electrons microscopes, scanning probe microscope, HP/Agilent, Keithley voltage and current sources and monitors; LCR bridge, A three chamber PEVCD/RIE system, A double sided EVG 620 mask aligner, RF/DC magnetron sputtering equipment, A wafer grinder, Two vertical 6” furnaces, Three vacuum evaporators, Class 100 wet benches, An RF barrel etcher, Two spin-coaters, One Langmuir Blodgett trough, dip coater, Ellipsometry (film thickness, refractive index), Profilometry (step-profiles, etc.) and solar simulator for measuring the efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells.

Networks and Communications laboratory
An advanced multi purposed laboratory designed to support teaching and experimentation in Communications Engineering and Network principles. The lab is used by undergraduate & postgraduates students for testing and implementation of project work, and demonstration of modulation techniques. This lab is linked with the communication research group and access to the “screened room” with mode stir chamber, in itself one of the only very few facilities in the whole country. The lab also has facility for teaching Audio Technology principles.

Power laboratory
The Power laboratory houses various high voltage experiment.

Reverberation Chamber (Faraday Cage)
Reverberation Chamber is linked with the communication research group and access to the “screened room” with mode stir chamber.

Mechanical

Engine Test Cell
This lab offers specialist engine testing facility. The equipment based in this area is used to analyse the performance and emissions of engines. Along with this facility the use of alternative fuels can be explored such as Bio diesel.

Material Science laboratory
The Material Science laboratory has had new and specialist materials testing equipment. The equipment consists of tensile testing, hardness testing, micro hardness testing, pin on disc wear testing and macro examination analysis.

Mechanical Computer Lab
The Lab contains 50 workstations supporting mechanical CAD, Mechanical simulations software, Mechanical FEA, digital electronics design (Xilinx package), and Media Software plus internet facility.

Mechanical Experimental laboratory
The Mechanical Experimental laboratory houses various experiments for teaching the principles of Thermodynamic, solar energy, dynamics and strength of materials.

Mechanical Workshop
The Mechanical workshop houses a number of facilities for students to use on their course. Facilities available include; a Centre lathe turning, Milling, Drilling, Cutting, Welding and CNC machining centres.

There is also a designated area in this lab for the Formula Student Car. The formula student car team use this area to plan, build and test the car which is then taken to Silverstone to be raced at the Formula Student event.

Welding/Sheet metal forming lab
The lab contains MIG/TIG welding equipment, Oxy acetylene gas welding, MMA welding setup. It also has sheet metal cutting and bending equipment and specialist equipment for hardening and tempering material.

Rapid Prototyping lab

Rapid Prototyping Lab housed at the Innovation Centre. The Rapid Prototyping Lab is used by academics and students for teaching and research. Facilities include:
Selective Laser Melting machine, SLM125, Renishaw;
N-script Bioplotter 3Dn-300;
Selective Laser Printing Rig, DMU, MTT/CTG Print Tech Gmbh;
Stereolithography - SLA 250;
ZCorp 3DPrinting machine Spectrum Z510;
Renishaw Cyclone - contact RE engineering unit;
Bohlin CV0120 cone and plate rheometer.

Energy and Sustainable Development

The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) is located within the school of Engineering and Sustainable Development. Student from the school can benefit from the Institute range of equipment when studying one of the energy and sustainable development courses. The equipment aids a range of areas including teaching, project work and research.

Equipment housed by IESD:

  • Flur Cameras
  • Infer-Red Cameras
  • Thermo Imaging Equipment
  • Various Sensors and Loggers (for temperature, light, sound and atmosphere)
  • Carbon Dioxide gauges/transmitters
  • Weather Station on Campus hooked to PC
  • Indoor weather station
  • Still cameras with fish eye lenses
  • Thermocroamic test unit
  • Software including Design Builder, Energy Plus, Dynamics, IES (commercial package), Fluid dynamics.
  • Cluster Computers (power of 256 computers)
  • In house Software for models/projects
  • Smoke generators
  • Hand held monitors

Energy Lab

DMU has installed and equipped an innovative new energy laboratory in the Queens Building. It has three purposes – teaching, research and technology demonstration. In the teaching space we have energy related teaching equipment that allow students to carry out experiments such as measurement of thermal conductivity and analysis of the performance of heat pumps, cooling towers and air conditioning systems. Examples of demonstrations are a real time data feed from an experimental zero carbon home heating system, energy systems in public buildings around Leicester, a smart home installation and the generation mix in the UK and French national grids. In the research space we are developing and testing energy systems including the use of thermoelectric generators, hydrogen fuel cells and evaluating the use of waterfor building insulation. The 360 degree tour of the lab and the plant room of our zero carbon home is below.

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