Dynamics of a Torsional System
Dynamics of a Torsional System

The Mechanical Engineering Program currently has six laboratories and one machine shop.

Thermal Systems Laboratory

Located in rooms 6 and 42 of Ottensman Hall, the equipment can be used to demonstrate most heat transfer and thermodynamic principles and includes a small wind tunnel, a forced convection apparatus, a radiation bench, two refrigeration units, a fluids control bench, a compressor, and several other pieces of specialized equipment, such as a steam turbine, a variable speed wind tunnel, a smoke tunnel, and an instrumented internal combustion engine. The instrumentation is current and includes several digitized devices, including a digitized hot wire anemometer. Other newer acquisitions include a sting balance and a traversing mechanism to the wind tunnel, an internal combustion engine test rig, an air supply system, a flow measuring system, a nozzle flow apparatus, and LabView to enable students to generate their own VIRTUAL instruments, and numerous computer data acquisition systems.

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Mechanical Systems Laboratory

Located in room 63B of Ottensman Hall, this lab contains D.C. motor systems, stepper motor systems and PIC microcontrollers.  Personal computers run LabVIEW, which allow high speed control and data acquisition using various sensors.  Sensors used in the lab include: accelerometers, tachometers, LVDT's, proximity sensors, and strain gauges. This laboratory is used as a measurement and instrumentation resource by the various design classes.

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Materials Laboratory

Located in room 64 of Ottensman Hall, the principal machine is a digitized servo-hydraulic testing machine (INSTRON) capable of computer control that permits simple tests (tensile) as well as complex fatigue tests. The laboratory also has an analog MTS testing machine, digitized Rockwell hardness machines, an analog Rockwell hardness machine, a micro-hardness testing machine, two metallurgical microscopes, four furnaces, an abrasive cutter, and metallurgical grinding and polishing machines.

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Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (CAMEL)

Located in room 181 of Ottensman Hall, this newly renovated lab consists of 29 Pentium workstations with CD-ROM, all of which are networked to the university's computer system.  A large amount of modern engineering software is available, including: MathCAD, AUTOCAD, Microsoft Office, Working Model, and more.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory

Located in room 71 of Ottensman Hall, this lab has several automated manufacturing machines.  The recent introduction of low cost tabletop CNC machines capable of producing rapid prototypes out of machinable wax, plexiglass, wood, aluminum and steel allows the introduction of machining practices in the curriculum. The lab currently houses a CNC milling machine and a lathe. These machines provide hands on machining. The lab is primarily used to study mechatronics through the use of the microprocessor controlled machines. The students actually start with the individual components, such as a mill or lathe, stepper motors and computers, must integrate these components to produce the quality controlled part. This lab allows for the linkage between the concepts of computer-aided design and manufacturing.

CNC Laboratory

Located in Russell Hall in the College of BILSA, the Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) vertical milling machine is used to teach this concept in Manufacturing Processes and is shared with the Industrial Studies Department.

Machine Shop

The machine shop has all the tools and equipment necessary for those last minute design projects, ASME projects, FIRST projects, ASHRAE projects, and more.  John Abing is the machine shop foreman, and will demonstrate the safe use of the machines to any student who needs help.

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