Our academics and postgraduate researchers have access to the following specialist facilities and laboratories, which our undergraduate and Masters students may benefit from during their project work.
- Dowson Tribology laboratory containing tribometers and specialised simulation rigs for the study of lubrication, friction and wear in real systems.
- Bradley Combustion laboratory containing optically accessible engines, special combustion vessels including a unique fan assisted bomb for investigating high temperature and pressure combustion, state-of-the-art laser diagnostic techniques and 3D imaging.
- An erosion and corrosion laboratory with rigs for oil and gas applications, mineral scaling research and bioengineering systems.
- First-class measurement facilities and facilities for the dynamic testing of automotive and aerospace components, including the latest industry-standard software for computational fluid dynamics and finite element modelling of systems and materials.
- Equipment supporting our research in medical and biological engineering including facilities in materials screening analysis, joint simulation, surface analysis, heart valve simulation and tensile and fatigue testing.
- State-of-the-art optics laboratories developing novel imaging and metrology techniques.
- Surface analysis suite including atomic force microscopy, nanoindentation, mass spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectrono spectroscopy, infrared spectrosocopy and quartz crystal microbalances.
- Microfluids laboratory featuring micro particle image velocimetry, high-speed photography and a range of techniques for fluid mechanics.
- Wolfson Foundation laboratory which is the largest academic facility in the world for the experimental functional simulation of artificial joint replacements including pin-on-plate wear and friction testing, six station reciprocator, single station reciprocator, wear and friction simulators for hip and knee joints, spine simulation.
- EPSRC national facility for innovative robotic systems – Our robotics facility includes the latest 3D printing technology, a high-precision cutting system, and micromanipulators for assembling tiny robots. An advanced mechatronics and robotics laboratory.
- Experimental facilities for characterising material behaviour including static and dynamic universal test machines, a high speed thermal imaging system alongside full and reduced scale brake dynamometer.
- Purpose-built design systems laboratory motion tracking system, soft metrology facilities, and design observation suite for audiovisual recordings to study ways in which people interact with technology and new products.
- Plasma Vapour Deposition (PVD) facility for advanced surface engineering research.
- A control and dynamics laboratory including rapid prototyping and computer aided manufacturing.
- The University's Charterhouse Rehabilitation Technologies laboratory, supported through the School of Mechanical Engineering and Medicine, including motion tracking system to support development of novel restorative rehabilitation technologies.
- A Newly Commissioned Corrosion Research Laboratory dedicated to Sour corrosion and High Pressure/High Temperature (HP/HT) corrosion research.
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If you are looking to locate a particular item of research equipment you can search the N8 database, which holds details of all the equipment and facilities across the N8 university partnership.