School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Undergraduate Labs | Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Mechanics Laboratory

All undergraduate students in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering will attend the Mechanics laboratory for at least two semesters during their time in college.

The laboratory sessions help visualisation and copper fastening of principles that are learnt in the lecture theatre. Students work in small groups and rotate from one apparatus to another on a week-by-week basis during the year. Written reports are submitted and grades awarded for these contribute to the students overall mark for the Mechanics module been taken.

Mechanics is the oldest area of study in Physics, originating from the Greeks in 400 to 300 BC. Mechanics is concerned with the precise definition and measurement of space, time, mass and force as well as their interrelations. The Mechanics laboratory contains experimental apparatus that highlight some of the fundamental principals of engineering. The uses of the principles learnt in this laboratory are wide ranging. Design engineers around the world use these principles on a daily basis.

After the laboratory exercises the student will be able to explain qualitatively the answers to the following questions. What makes that bridge or building stand up? Why is car A faster than car B? What causes slipping? Why do I feel lighter when the lift starts to descend? How much thrust do I need to break Earths orbit? How is the frequency of a mechanically vibrating object represented mathematically?

For further information about laboratory Equipment contact Chris Crouch

Experimental Equipment & Apparatus