The Mechanical Engineering Department is well equipped with laboratory equipment and facilities for undergraduate experimentation and/or demonstrations. Some of these laboratories are also used for graduate courses and research purposes as well. The total floor area allocated for laboratories is about 1360 m2. With the addition of about 110 m2 computer lab spaces and 390 m2 of mechanical workshop, the total reaches to about the half of the total building area.
Mechanical Workshop – ME008
The Department's workshop include well-equipped machines. The workshop also has designated working stations for sheet metal and welding tasks. The workshop is equipped with various size of lathes, milling machines, drilling machines, surface and cylindrical grinding machines and tool grinding machine. The welding shop has a number of arc and gas welders including Arc and TIG/MIG welding and spot-welding sets. Oxy-acetylene welding set and plasma cutter do exist too. These stations are available for use by students and staff under supervision. Also, there is a precise temperature controlled 1200 oC electric furnace for heat treatment purposes.
Mechanics of Materials Laboratory – ME014
This laboratory contains more than 20 different student units, allowing various experimentations on both frames and structures, and on stress analysis. The equipment list includes: combined bending and torsion apparatus, torsion testing machine, strut buckling apparatus; thin and thick walled cylinder apparatus, polariscope with test models, universal testing and electronic tensile testing machines, dilatometer equipment, creep and stress rupture testing machine, and several other auxiliary equipment involving experimental stress analysis through electrical strain gauges. The equipment related to static analysis of beams and structures include apparatus for conducting experiments such as: bending moment, shearing force and influence line; continues beam; frames and structures; elastic beams; reaction of beams; deflection of beams; and two-hinged arch. Kinematics and dynamics laboratories also share the laboratory space.
The main student units for experimentation in the dynamics section of the laboratory include: universal bench for forced and free vibration tests, centrifugal force, slipping friction, journal friction, gyroscope, conservation of angular momentum, plate clutch friction, compression of springs, extension of springs, cam analysis machine, and Coriolis component of acceleration apparatus. On the kinematics side, there are some 40 'working model' pieces that can be used to demonstrate some fundamental principles of kinematics, such as guidance of motion through constraints, motion and path generation, and functioning of some common linkage mechanisms, geared mechanisms, and cam mechanisms. The Universal tensile testing equipment in the Mechanics of Materials laboratory is used for standard tests required by industry and construction companies.
Advanced Composite Laboratory – ME016
This laboratory is newly established and equipped laboratory of the department. This laboratory will give service to research projects and to area elective courses to a certain extend. Facilities available in this laboratory for experimentation and demonstration to undergraduate students include: a CNC Milling machine, a vacuum machine for composite part production, a 3D composite printing machine and a 3D scanner.
Aerodynamics Laboratory – ME017
This laboratory has two subsonic wind tunnels, an air flow bench, complete with air flow test sets, 3 off TSI Flowpoint 1500 velocity transducers total 6 channels Hot Wire Anemometry and measuring system, a hotwire probe soldering bench, a probe calibration apparatus, viewing and recording instruments, enabling to perform various aerodynamic tests and compressible fluid flow experiments. The larger wind tunnel (50 cm x 50 cm test section) completely designed and constructed as a Master's thesis project, under the supervision of two Mechanical Engineer's departmental academics. This tunnel enables the use of reasonably larger test models. The large wind tunnel may reach up to 30 m/s and small wind tunnel reaches up to 50 m/s free stream velocities. The laboratory is adequate for both undergraduate and graduate studies and research.
Fluid Mechanics and Automotive Laboratory – ME020
The Fluid Mechanics laboratory has a number of set-ups for the demonstration and study of basic fluid mechanics principles. These include experimental apparatus such as: flow measuring, boundary layer experiment set up, center of pressure, free and forced vortex, friction losses in pipe bends, calibration of pressure gauge sets, dynamic behavior of stirred tanks, orifice flow, impact of water jets, stability of floating bodies, minor and major loss measuring test rigs and a bench for the measurement of properties of liquids and gases. Most of the equipment is generally well maintained, and adequate for undergraduate courses.
The laboratory also contains Francis and Pelton turbine systems, axial and radial flow pump systems, centrifugal pump system, a Pelton Impact Turbine with friction brake system, a gravimetric hydraulics bench unit, and various sizes of other pumps for demonstration and experimentation, also impact of jet test rigs are present. Series and Parallel pump systems were equipped with digital pressure sensors and flow measuring devices and computerized by Master students.
The use of the automotive laboratory in undergraduate courses is limited to the demonstration of I.C. engines and vehicle components such as chassis and body structures, steering and suspension systems, axles, braking systems with ABS, cooling systems, air-bag safety system, electronic components, sensors and actuators, automotive A/C system, gearbox and differential units and different gasoline injection and diesel engines. The Automotive Laboratory, on the other hand, is well equipped to conduct experiments such as performance tests on both two and four stroke petrol and diesel engines test rig, as well as studying the effects of timing and compression ratio of petrol and diesel engines on specific fuel consumption.
In terms of demonstration purposes, two car engines were modified and updated by the capstone team project groups. One Austin Mini engine is converted to Electronic ignition, Electric fan cooling and downdraught carburetion. The second engine was converted to electric fan cooling and a turbo charger was installed to increase output power.
Manufacturing, Materials Science and Metrology Laboratory – ME024
The Manufacturing section of the laboratory contains a universal tensile testing machine, ultrasonic plastic welding machine, plastic extrusion machine, automatic metallurgy cutting machine, CNC Compact 3 Axis Milling Machine, CNC Engraving Machine.
The laboratory has also testing facilities for determining various properties of engineering materials, such as strength, hardness. The equipment available includes: metallurgical microscopes, hardness tester, impact tester, and tensile testing machines; other equipment is also available for corrosion studies, carbon content determination, and a machine for the measurement of creep. The auxiliary equipment includes universal polisher, electric furnaces, notching machine, compressor and various accessories. The sand casting equipment with mechanical sieve shaker, sand mixer, sand rammer, density indicator, permeability meter, universal sand strength machine, rapid sand washer, speedy moisture tester and alike. This equipment is also utilized in simple sand-casting applications in workshop practices.
Metrology portion of the laboratory enables roundness, flatness, and straightness tests; and the performance of checks on the accuracy of measuring instruments and machine tools. Optical instruments such as auto-collimators, angle-dekkors, interferometers, the alignment telescope, and the measuring microscope, are also available for experimentation. The laboratory is well equipped with numerous measuring instruments and slip gauges, and is quite adequate for instruction. The laboratory space is completely isolated and fully air conditioned for dust, humidity and temperature control.
Thermal Sciences Laboratory – ME025
This laboratory contains test and demonstration equipment on heating, thermodynamics, air conditioning and solar energy, ranging from small scale to large scale. Some benches are modular and allow connection of different modules for comparative studies. The student units in this laboratory include: Marcet boiler, absolute zero temperature apparatus, air conditioner laboratory unit, an experimental cooling tower, thermal radiation apparatus, force convection apparatus, thermal conductivity apparatus, and other auxiliary equipment such as data acquisition systems, heat flux sensors, thermocouples, etc. There are also two units of Photovoltaic-Thermal (PV/T) training sets. Many new experimental test rigs with digital data acquisition systems were also purchased within last year. Some of these equipment are: heat recovery type air conditioning training test kit, water to water type heat pump training set, Universal IAQ instrument + air velocity and IAQ probes and U value measurement kit.
Automation - I Laboratory – ME029
Experimental set ups existing in Automation – I laboratory are used in Mechatronics Engineering Program. The equipment includes: PLC Trainer Set and Compact Flexible Process Line. The model Flexible Process Line with one machine tool simulates a flexible manufacturing line with one machine tool, as used for example in serial production of line of carrying cube box. Multiple PLC trainer sets are available for students to practice the design and implementation of ladder logic programs to hardware (PLC system). The equipment includes: Intel i3 Computer Stations (x10), PLC-Trainer AC500 with CPU and programming software.
Automation - II Laboratory – ME028
Automation – II laboratory is used for undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as research. The lab includes a conveyor system where two robotic arms and RFID based Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) integrated to the system. One robot is PLC controlled. The equipment includes: Robot Arm, Robotica, Conveyor with Flexible Transport Components, Genba; Modicon TSX 37 Micro PLC, Telemechanique, Barcode Reader, SIEMENS PLC, SCARA Robot Arm.
Computing resources, Hardware and Software Used for Instruction
The ME department building has LAN and wireless network facilities. Department have two computer laboratories given in Table 7.2 and all computers are open to serve students, from 08:00 am in the morning until 17:00 p.m. All Department students have passwords to access their Student Portal; and use the internet. Computer laboratories are in very good condition for supporting the educational objectives and outcomes of the program.
LAN services are provided by the University’s Computer Center. It is located in a central building in campus. The Computer Center supplies all the server-system services that help provide academic and administrative functions as well as Intranet and Internet services.
All EMU members have a lifelong right to access Internet services like e-mail, web, ftp and the like. The Computer Center has Campus License Protocols with well- known software companies.
All buildings on campus are connected to the central switch over Gigabit Ethernet. Each building has network switches connecting the end users, which are either connected directly to the center or a main switch at the building. There are about 6000 end users on campus. About 5000 of these are active at one time. The campus network includes wireless networks at various locations.
The Center has important engineering and business software packages. The Center offers professional training to the University members or to external bodies. The center is also an authorized training center for CNAP, Microsoft IT Academy and ECDL programs and Pearson Vue, Prometric and ECDL certification center
Computer Laboratories within the department
The Department has two computer laboratories, which are mainly used for undergraduate studies. These are called AutoCAD Laboratories and also serving as Internet laboratory. Computer laboratories are also used for Solid Works application. The Student Computer Laboratories have total 56 terminal based modern computers. The AutoCAD Laboratories are used primarily for computer programming, engineering graphics, engineering drawing and computer aided design courses. The Internet laboratory is allocated for the general computer needs of the students, which may include access to the Internet; writing of laboratory reports, homework, engineering graphics drawing assignments, and project reports.
Safe practice and proper usage of facilities are paramount and carefully ensured for each and every laboratory course.
Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) is certified by the Turkish Standards Institute’s (TSE) ‘OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety’ certification.
Furthermore, Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), successfully completed ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (2nd Surveillance Audit), ISO 10002:2018 Student Satisfaction Management System (2nd Surveillance Audit) and ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System (Recertification) inspections conducted by the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE).
Safety Guidelines, Procedure and Standards are further emphasized through the department website.