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 an Mechanics Laboratory
The materials and mechanics 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 materials and multiple sets for grains size analysis. A 2000 kN 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 materials. 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.
Thermodynamics Laboratory
The thermodynamics and heat transfer laboratory exposes students to a broad range of experiments related to heat transfer in metals and other materials. Equipment includes heat transfer service units and radial heat conduction evaluation units, free and forced convection units, drag coefficient measurement for spheres, and a heat exchanger unit. The lab relies on LabView data acquisition and control system for data collection and analysis.