Centre for Research in Engineering and Materials Education
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Individual work in the Design Studio
Our fully refurbished Design Studio is a creative space where students receive tutorials, share ideas, collaborate on projects, or focus on their individual work. It acts as a focus throughout the creative life of our design students, who exclusively use this space to continue their practice outside their timetabled tutorials. After design ideation, sketching and early prototyping in this space, students can cross the corridor to the Makerspace where they can build more refined test prototypes for their innovative projects using hand or machine tools.
Contact: Dr Karen Shoop
Hardness Test Machine
Hardness Test Hardness tester available in G27
Zwick-Roell Hardness Test Machine. Loads from 3kgf to 150kgf. The indenters available are Rockwell diamond and spherical, Brinell (1.0 andf 2.5mm diameter) and Vicker's diamond. At these load levels mainly used for metals and ceramics. There is an attached camera for recording processes.
Contact: Dr Erica di Federico
Mechanical Testing Facilities
Instron 3340 series materials testing system
The School has a variety of mechanical testing equipment used to determine the mechanical properties of different materials and structures ranging from aircraft components to new implant materials or even biological tissues. These testing machines apply forces in compression, tension or torsion and can be used to find out material properties such as ultimate strength and modulus.
Contact: Dr Erica Di Federico
The School of Engineering and Material Science has a purpose built, fully equipped mechanical workshop where students and academics can come and have their parts manufactured for both research and projects relating to their field of interest. It contains both manual and CAD/CAM controlled milling and turning machines for high-speed production of complex parts in a variety of materials. Also available is a state-of-the-art FDM 3D printer for rapid prototyping in a broad range of thermoplastics. Designs and ideas can be realised by apprentice trained mechanical technicians with years of experience in a variety of engineering backgrounds.
Contact: Mr Dennis Ife
Medical Electronics Facility
Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Oxygen Saturation level (SpO2) physiological signals.
SEMS has a customised facility for undertaking electronics work with specific expertise in the medical field. The wide range of medical equipment includes ECG monitors, ultrasound probes and pulse oximeters. The laboratory also contains a wide range of electronics components and prototyping boards, as well as microprocessor software, to make your own circuitry. The facility is used for a range of taught laboratories that focus on circuit design, and is also available for MSc projects.
Contact: Ms Jun Ma
The Makerspace is an open access workshop for all SEMS and EECS students and staff. It is a space where students can make things, this might be prototyping, model making or simply working on personal projects. The primary aim of the Makerspace is to give students the practical, and creative skills they will require to be effective engineers.
Contact: Mr James Wayland
Undergraduate Teaching Labs
We have recently invested £30M in major new teaching laboratories to provide state-of-the-art experimental facilities specifically for teaching.
Opened in 2016 the lab provides a space on the ground floor with step free access and has a height adjustable bench installed for wheelchair users.
Contact: Dr Reshma Tilwani