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Engineering laboratories

The engineering laboratories which are mainly based in the Queens building are geared for students working on our mechanical, mechatronics, electronics and ‘design and prototyping technology’ courses. The labs bring together a wide range of equipment used in the understanding of fundamental engineering principles. These are extensively used in undergraduate, postgraduate and research projects for design, manufacture, prototyping and testing. The labs are organised as mechanical and electronic laboratory areas.

Mechanical engineering

The main mechanical lab is a large open-plan space designed to accommodate the study of Thermo-Fluids, Solid Mechanics and Dynamics. It also has an area with machine tools for manufacture of student designs.

There is a purpose built engine testing facility with full instrumentation to measure engine performance and emissions. This facility is normally used by our final year engineering and research students. Typical student projects include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to improve performance and emission characteristics.

Electrical and electronic engineering

Electrical and electronic experimental facilities are divided into five main areas: general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering.

Each facility is equipped with state of the art experimental equipment appropriate to the corresponding areas of study and research. An additional CAD design suite shared with the Mechanical and Design programmes provides access to computing facilities with specialist electronics CAD tools including Microsoft Office, OrCAD and PSpice.

A specialized area incorporating a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage allows for experimentation in radio frequency engineering and electromagnetics, while our digital design suite is equipped with the latest 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms together with high speed programmable logic development environments.

Power generation and conversion, industrial process control and embedded drives is provided for while our communications laboratory is additionally equipped for r.f. engineering.

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