Facilities for the School of Engineering are located in David B. Steinman Hall, which consists of seven stories and three basement levels, houses the office of the Dean and the Office of Curricular Guidance, as well as all administrative offices, laboratories, research facilities, computing rooms, and conference rooms of the Departments of Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. A modern lecture hall seating 200 people is located on its ground level floor. The Department of Mechanical Engineering provides separate teaching laboratories for the study of measurement techniques and instrumentation, fluid mechanics and aerodynamics, thermal sciences, material science and processing, solid mechanics, machine design, robotics, computer-aided design and manufacturing and a modern machine shop, as well as a laboratory for the use of micro computers and workstations in mechanical engineering.
In the Engineering Mechatronics Laboratory, the major equipment includes: two signal processing set-ups, two data acquisition systems, a table top universal testing machine, two photoelasticity devices, four pre-gauged cantilever beams with strain gage readouts, an impact testing unit including piezoelectric impulse hammer, accelerator, LVDT and capacitive transducer, two temperature measurement units with an infrared sensor, thermocouples, thermistors and RTDs, and a wind tunnel with Pitot static and hotwire anemometric sensors and pressure transducers. In the Aero-Thermal-Fluids Laboratory major items are, a wind tunnel with 40 cm x 40 cm working section, a 6 in diameter pipe, a Pelton wheel and a turbine unit, a extended fin apparatus for unsteady heat transfer, a heat exchanger and a refrigeration unit.
The Engineering Materials Laboratory includes extensive facilities for the preparation of specimens for metallographic examination, several furnaces for heat treatment, metallurgical microscopes with photomicrographic attachment, image processor with built-in software for metallographic study, various hardness and impact testers, a universal testing machine with accessories for creep and environmental studies, and an ultrasonic crack detector. The Solid Mechanics Laboratory contains a balancing apparatus, a vibration experiment, a pneumatic control system-with feedback and a sound measurement and machinery noise attenuation set-up. The Robotics and Manufacturing Automation Laboratory houses an industrial-grade electrically powered, DC servo SCARA robot with vision guidance for palletizing and statistical quality control, a flexible manufacturing cell with a CNC turning center and an electrical articulated robot, and a CIM unit with a CNC milling machine and a pneumatic Cartesian robot, linked by a conveyer belt and a programmable logic controller. It also contains a screw-type extruder, a plunger-type injection molder and a roller.
The CAD Lab contains 26 DEC Workstations with high resolution graphics, three DEC 5000 series servers and color laser printers. There are many software packages installed on the system, namely, I-DEAS, ABAQUS, BEASY, AUTOCAD, IMSL, and other numerical oriented software.
The microcomputer and workstations Laboratories contains numerous PCs and twenty DEC 2100/3000 workstations. The departmental computer facilities include over 80 UNlX- operated, workstations networked through INTERNET.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering supports and maintains the following undergraduate laboratories: Computer Aided Design laboratory which contains 20 SUN and 20 DEC workstations, state-of-the-art Mechatronics and Advanced Mechatronics laboratories, Computer Aided Manufacturing and Robotics, Multimedia laboratory which contains 12 pentium PCs, Aero-thermal-fluid laboratory, Dynamics & Controls laboratory, Engineering Materials laboratory.
In addition the Department of Mechanical Engineering has established several laboratories where advanced research related to mechanical, aerospace and bioengineering disciplines is carried out. These are: Biomechanics, Experimental Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics, Materials Processing and Solid Mechanics, Advanced Materials and Nanofabrication.