A modern Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Laboratory
The Computer Aided Design Laboratory facility has twenty-six Dell Dimension 8200 series computers, a Dell PowerEdge 2500 server, two HP Color LaserJet 4600dn printers, an HP LaserJet 5100 printer, and a wide-screen monitor. The Department also has a Multimedia Distance Learning Facility which includes twenty Pentium PC’s, document camera, LCD projector and whiteboard. In addition, the Department maintains twenty-seven Sun Unix workstations and sixteen Pentium PC’s in its other three computer laboratories. These systems are equipped with mechanism design, mathematics, finite element, boundary element and computer-aided manufacturing software, including PRO-ENGINEER, Solid Works, Think Design, LS-DYNA, ABAQUS, MathCAD, MATLAB, AutoCAD, FLUENT, NASTRAN-4D and MasterCAM.
facility contains four CNC machining centers and a computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM) system, together with industrial grade robots: two articulate arm types and one SCARA.
The Engineering Materials Laboratory includes extensive facilities for the preparation of specimens for metallographic examination using modern digital imaging analysis system, testing machinery for tension, compression, hardness, impact, fracture, fatigue, stress relaxation, and ultrasound characterization; equipment for heat treatment; as well as videocassette recording and projection devices.
The Mechatronics Laboratory teaches the use of various electromechanical devices, sensors and actuators. The devices include strain gauges, thermocouples, piezoelectric accelerometers, LVDT’s, instruments for signal generation, filtering and amplification, stepper and DC servo motors, linear slides, and assorted electromechanical items (such as solenoids, relays, micro-switches, infrared proximity sensors, piezoelectric buzzers, strobe lights, fans, blowers, etc.). All these devices are controlled by PC-based data acquisition, microcontrollers, and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
The Dynamics and Control Laboratory contains equipment for static and dynamic rotor balancing, vibration testing, sound level measurement, and several feedback control units for servo- mechanisms, pneumatic-mechanical linkages, and flow-level/ temperature processing