This four semester requirement will enable students to utilize the engineering design and verification process on assigned mechanical design projects. Weekly workshops will be conducted in specialized topics pertinent to the design process. Topics include conceptual design; design specifications; program planning using Gantt charts; costing of a project; detailed product design; as well as other specialized topics.
Dynamic Systems and Controls Laboratory
Laboratory exercises involving instrumentation and design of basic control systems examining the basic components of instrumentation, measurement, and process control systems common to the field of engineering.
Fluid and Thermal Sciences Laboratory
Related courses: MENG 351L, MENG 431
Location: Weir 003
This laboratory provides a hands-on environment for exploring ideas taught in fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer courses. Experiments are performed to study pump performance, pipe flow, lift and drag, conduction, thermal radiation, rheology, and refrigeration cycles. The laboratory features a water tunnel for external flow visualization measurements and a refrigeration cycle demonstrator that was built by a student design team. Data capture software and equipment are also used to digitally record experimental results.
Instrumentation and Measurements
An introduction to a variety of programming and simulation environments, such as Matlab, Simulink, and LabVIEW. Conduct experiments using instrumentation in conjunction with data acquisition software and hardware, to develop programs simulating systems and reducing data. The underlined direction of this course will be to simulate, observe, and record natural phenomena in the world of mechanical engineering.
Mechanics of Materials
Related courses: MENG 302L, ES 302L
Location: Weir 106
Basic experiments in solid mechanics, testing methods, and measurement techniques. Tension, buckling, bending, torsion, hardness and impact testing of structural materials. Strain gage applications.
This is a hands-on lab where students will design and build simple mechatronic systems. Students will learn the principles of instrumentation and sensors as they relate to robotic control. Students will also learn the programming methods for microprocessor controllers.
Subsonic Wind Tunnel Facility
Related courses: MENG 351L, AE 318
Location: MSEC 136
The subsonic wind tunnel facility houses the department's subsonic wind tunnel which is used for teaching and research. The wind tunnel has a 12" x 12" x 34" test section with a maximum freestream velocity of about 30 m/s. The facility is used for boundary layer measurements and general aerodynamics. An integrated LabView control system and data capture system is used for control and measurements.