Mechanical and Mechatronic Laboratories
This laboratory has two engine testing cells containting dynamometer upon which various engines can be installed. Full engine tests can be undertaken at various speeds and loads in order to analyse the performance of the engine including power cureves relating to torque and maximum power as well as the resultant exhaust emissions produced.
Conventional fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel are used with students undertaking project work using hybrid fuels including bio-diesel and other types of additives.
The Material Science laboratory contains industry standard specielist materials testing equipment enabling users to undertake tensile testing, hardness testing, micro hardness testing, pin on disc wear testing and macro examination.
The laboratory contains 50 workstations supporting mechanical CAD, Mechanical simulations software, Mechanical FEA, digital electronics design (Xilinx package), and Media Software.
The Energy Laboratory houses various experiments for teaching the principles of thermodynamic, solar energy and heat recovery systems such as ground source heat pumps.
The Mechanical Workshop contains engineering workshop equipment such as centre lathes, milling machines, CNC machines as well as drilling, cutting and grinding machinery. There is also a designated area in the workshop for the universities 'Formula Student' car. The Formula Student team use this area to plan, design and manufacture the car which is taken to Silverstone to be raced at the IMechE Formula Student event.
The laboratory contains MIG, TIG, Oxy acetylene, MMA and spot welding equipment and also has sheet metal cutting and bending equipment as well as furnaces for hardening and tempering various materials.