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School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

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The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering has an incredible array of facilities, including fixed flight simulators, laser labs, wind tunnels and much more.

Our facilities allow us to conduct innovative research on big world problems. Explore the machinery and equipment available throughout our School below.

  • Angular concrete structures

    Concrete laboratory

    Capacity and facilities for making significant structural sections in reinforced concrete or composite construction. Avery column and beam rig, universal testing machine, and Amsler compression machine.

  • Close up of a magenta coloured jet engine

    Engine research facilities

    Fully-serviced, acoustically-isolated rooms where the behaviour and performance of both internal combustion and jet engines takes place. Located in our mechanical engineering laboratories.

  • A researcher in the Geotechnics laboratory

    Geotechnics laboratory

    Geotechnical equipment for triaxial and shear testing of samples, and demonstration units to visualise the flow of water through granular material. The universal testing machine has 300kN capacity.

  • Researcher working with heavy structures equipment

    Heavy structures laboratory

    Strong floor points and a hydraulic ring main. Static and dynamic loads up to 500kN and 500mm stroke, and the space can be configured however required using purpose-built rigs.

  • The hydraulics laboratory

    Hydraulics laboratory

    Includes a tilting flume, with a width of 5m and flow rates up to 1m/s at 300mm depth and a computer-controlled variable wave producer. It can be tilted to ten degrees. Includes other standard flumes for teaching and project work.

  • 'Laser on' sign lit up

    Laser facilities

    Our laser facilities are housed in the Laser Processing Research Centre. The Centre includes lasers; analytical, materials processing and preparation; milling and cutting; and more.

  • Materials testing machines

    Materials testing machines

    Fatigue testing machines, ranging from a 500kN Instron 1345 to a 20kN ESH. A number of screw machines providing static capacity, and a slip test for tension control bolts.

  • Researcher in white lab coat conducting experiment in machine

    Nuclear facilities

    Mechanical analysis, radiolytical analysis, thermophysical analysis, mass spectrometry and manufacturing technology equipment.

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  • A researcher operating the Mikron HSM 400

    Resource efficient manufacturing

    A range of CNC machine tools that both cover machining at conventional speeds and high-speed machining. The Mikron HSM 400 has a working Spindle with maximum 42,000 RPM.

  • Student in blue lab coat working on machine in workshop

    Student workshop

    Undergraduate students studying for mechanical and aerospace degrees learn to use machine tools in their own workshop. This facility is available to other students on a voluntary basis.

  • An unmanned aircraft flying through the sky

    Unmanned aerial systems

    Our portfolio includes photogrammetry, thermal sensing and environmental modelling and monitoring.

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  • Researhcer operating MACE wind tunnel computer equipment

    Wind tunnels

    We have the instrumentation and technical skills to undertake both force and high-quality point, surface and field measurements.

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