Labs and Facilities

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
The fluid mechanics lab is equipped to perform and demonstrate a number of experiments that provide undergraduate students with the practical applications of fluid mechanics. The lab includes Hydrostatic Pressure Apparatus to measure hydrostatic forces on submerged bodies. In addition, the Orifice and Jet Apparatus allows students to compare between actual and jet trajectories and to calculate the coefficient of discharge for various orifices. Moreover, students get their hands on the different methods of flow measurement. The Fluid Friction, Bends and Fitting apparatus allows students to determine major and minor losses in pipes. The Pipe Network Apparatus includes the facilities to measure flow and pressure drops in a wide range of network configuration, e.g. individual pipes, series pipes and parallel pipes. The lab is also equipped with a Flow Visualization Channel for conducting several applications in open channels such as hydraulic jump, discharge under sluice gate and energy equation. Furthermore, the Osborne Reynold’s Apparatus facilitates the demonstration of laminar and turbulent flow.
Materials/Structures Laboratory
The materials/structures lab is equipped with several testing apparatuses specifically chosen to demonstrate a wide variety of experiments necessary to enhance the students’ knowledge in materials engineering as well as structural theory. The lab houses a 150 kN Instron Universal Testing Machine used to demonstrate tension, compression and flexure experiments on various types of building materials; multiple sets for aggregates classification, including sieve sets for aggregate size analysis; and multiple sets of slump cones and cube and cylindrical molds. A 2000 kN Autocon concrete compressive strength machine is also available. The lab is also equipped with a range of non-destructive testing tools including Shmidt Hammer and ultrasonic kit for assessing the compressive strength of concrete, and a Profometer that detects bar location and orientation, bar size, and concrete cover. A RAB Rockwell/Brinell hardness tester is also available and allows the students to measure the hardness of different materials. A wide range of experiments that demonstrate concepts in mechanics of materials and structural analysis are available and incorporated into several courses throughout the curriculum. Among these experiments are the beam deflection test, torsion test on shafts and tubes, bending test, unsymmetric bending of beams, and buckling of struts.
Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
The geotechnical lab occupies more than 200 square meters of lab space, in addition to facilities within the fluid mechanics and materials labs. The lab houses multiple sets for soil classification and testing, including Casagrande and fall cone devices for liquid and plastic limits, sieve sets for particle size analysis, and manual and automatic compaction devices. Four panel stations are available for constant head and falling head permeability testing, including rigid and flexible wall permeameters. Other automated testing equipment include a pneumatic consolidation apparatus, and a direct shear apparatus. Unconfined compression loading frames and triaxial cells are also available for shear strength testing of soil specimens.
Enterprise Computing Lab
Enterprise Lab   The Enterprise Computing lab has 25 Sun Ray 270 clients connecting to the Server Room. These support the Sun Ray software technology that allows students and faculty to login once and carry their session with them using an electronic card the size of a credit card. This system promotes serious collaboration between faculty members and students. Students can go to a faculty office and need to just insert their card to instantly get the desktop session that they were working on to discuss problems and get faculty advice.
The lab is also equipped with four unique domains, known as Web Farms. Each domain consists of a cluster of four Windows Servers each running an IIS server. One of the four severs is also acting as a domain controller and load balance manager for that cluster. The same configuration of four clustered domains is implemented with Weblogic Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) servers.
Database Systems Lab
Database Lab   The database lab is directly linked to the ten servers in the Server Room ans runs Oracle 10g Enterprise RDBMS on six of the servers, and Microsoft SQL Enterprise DBMS on four other server. The lab is also equipped with 27 client desktop computers, a Projector and a smart board. All the computers are connected to our high-speed Internet Network.
Network Solutions Lab
Network  Lab   The Network Solutions lab is equipped for instruction of general network technologies using various network hardware and software combinations and configurations. Six routers, six switches, a firewall, and two Windows servers are available for this purpose. Another important function of the lab is to train students on Cisco certifications. The recent addition of six new Cisco routers and Cisco Catalyst switches serves this purpose. The lab is also equipped to host Cisco IP telephony equipment and Cisco security bundle equipment. Students also have the opportunity to learn computer system hardware and prepare for A+ certification.
General Computer Labs
The School houses several general purpose computer labs. Each of these is equipped with 25-30 PCs and a projector, and is connected to a high-speed Internet Network. General purpose and discipline-specific software such as Matlab, SolidWorks, AutoCad, MathCad, Primavera, Etabs, SAP, and Pspice is available.
Circuits, Electrical Systems and Robotics Labs
  • Circuits and Electronics Lab
  • Electromagnetics and Antenna Lab
  • Digital Systems and Microprocessors Lab
  • Communications Systems Lab
  • Electric Power Systems Lab
  • Robotics Lab
  • Senior Design Lab
  • Computational Modeling and Simulation Lab


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