Mechanical Engineering - Labs and Facilities

The Mechanical Engineering students has at their disposal many laboratories and facilities that help them understanding theories and obtain the required hands on experience in all aspects of mechanical engineering. The laboratories include: Material Sciences Lab., Thermo-Fluids Lab., Strength of Materials Lab., Machine Shop, Engineering Mechanics Lab. and the research Lab. In addition, PC labs that are used for Engineering Drafting, Experimental and data analysis and Computational Methods are also installed and used by the students.


       I.            Strength of Materials Lab.

The Strength of Materials Lab is primarily used by the Mechanical Engineering students in their MECE 204: Strength of Materials I Lab. course. In this course, students in small groups and under the supervision of a facility conduct destructive and non-destructive tests on tension, torsion, and bending and different types of metallic materials. Moreover, students use strain gages to measure other properties such as Poisson’s ration on different materials. Students learn about elastic and plastic deformation of metallic materials, determine different mechanical properties of materials, and differentiate between ductile and brittle behaviors. This lab is managed by Dr. Wael Abdel Samad.

List of Equipment

a.     Bending Test Setup


a.     Tension, Bending and Torsion using Strain Gages

a.     Universal Testing Machine

       I.            Materials Science Lab.

The Materials Science Lab is primarily used by Mechanical Engineering students in their “MECE 305: Materials Science & Applications Lab.” course. In this course, students in small groups and under the supervision of a faculty conduct destructive tensile testing, hardness testing, and metallographic specimen preparation and microscopic examination of steels. This lab is managed by Dr. Wael Abdel Samad.

List of Equipment

a.     Metallurgical Cutting Machine

a.     Belt Surface Grinding Machine

a.     Metallurgical Mounting Machine

a.     Surface Polishing Machine

a.     Optical Microscopes

a.     Indenter for Hardness Measurement (used with Universal Testing Machine)

III-Machine shop Lab:

This is a required lab for all freshman and transfer students as well as grad students wishing to use the machine shop to build thesis apparatus. The introductory course sets the safety guidelines and teaches students the basics of machine tool operation. The lab becomes important while in school in order to build required projects. After graduation, any experience in building projects as well as designing them becomes invaluable in terms of securing that initial position. The quality of the design work is also improved. Designing with the eventual production of a part or assembly in mind brings a holistic approach that should produce consistently superior work.

Equipment in the Lab

CNC lathe machine

CNC vertical Drilling/Milling Machine

CNC Milling Machine

Two band saw machines

Vertical floor mounted drilling Machine

Bench top drill and grinder

Work benches, hand tools and welding equipment.

IV- Engineering Mechanics Lab

The Engineering Mechanics Laboratory is primarily dedicated to support the freshmen Mechanical Engineering course, MECE-102, of the same name. This course examines classical Newtonian mechanics from a calculus-based fundamental perspective with close coupling to integrated laboratory experiences. Topics include kinematics; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation within the context of mechanical engineering, using mechanical engineering conventions and nomenclature. Each topic is reviewed in lecture, and then thoroughly studied in multiple accompanying laboratory sessions. Students conduct experiments using modern data acquisition technology; and analyze, interpret, and present the results using modern computer software.

This laboratory is unique. It is designed and fabricated by the Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Rochester and shipped to Dubai. It is identical to the lab in Rochester. The laboratory also includes a mini PC- studio, with 12 stations, used by the students to analyze experimental data using LabView, MatLab and EXCEL software.


V- Thermo-Fluids Laboratory:

This laboratory houses the equipment used for the Thermal-Fluids and Measurements Laboratory. Thermal-Fluids Laboratory is typically taken by students in their second or third year of study, and emphasizes the application of principles learned in the Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning courses. Course work additionally emphasizes the introduction and application of skills that are relevant to experimentation in an engineering context: report writing, design of experiments, and analysis of experimental uncertainties. Investigations include characterization of a vapor-compression refrigeration system; performance characterization of series and parallel centrifugal pumps; and pressure distribution in a pipes; Friction in pipe fittings; Petrol and Diesel Internal combustion engines.


Engine test bed with Petrol and Diesel Engines; Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Trainer; Centrifugal pump test rigs; a pipe flow rig; a hydraulic flow bench; and Heat exchanger test rig. In addition to the above, various measurement and control equipment are available for studying measurements and controls. To facilitate student understanding, engine cutaway is also available in the lab.

Turbine test bed with Pilton and francize turbines, Convective heat transfer rig and other equipment will be delivered and installed this semester. 

VI-The Research and Capstone Laboratory:

This Laboratory houses more machining equipment, lathe and universal milling machines, Arc welding and drill press plus work benches and others. This laboratory provides a large working space and is equipped data acquisition equipment to be used by senior students in their final year graduation projects and also by graduate students and faculty for their research. On the roof, support racks for solar photo-voltaic cells are installed to be used for testing different solar cells as part of the Sustainability center research.