Our facilities and campus
We offer a wide range of technology to help you with your studies.
We have an ongoing strategy to upgrade and further develop our well-equipped laboratories. These plans are supported by global technology providers such as PTC and Technosoft. These two companies alone have recently donated more than £11 million worth of computer aided design, product lifecycle management and knowledge-based engineering software.
In addition, more than £750,000 worth of capital investment has been made in upgrading our engine emissions test facilities, environmental laboratory and thermodynamics equipment.
Most of the funding came from applied research projects supported by Advantage West Midlands, the regional development agency. Our strategy for all applied research and externally funded activities is to make sure they enhance your experience as a student. This is achieved by giving you access not only to the latest technology but also to the staff involved in that research.
Test Cell Facilities
The key features of our test cell include:
- 340 kW fully transient dynamometer
- Full exhaust gas analysis both pre and post after treatment system
- Ammonia slip analyser, EGR CO2, THC and non-methane HC
- Conditioned combustion air and fuel temp.
- Feedback exhaust back-pressure control
- Particulate micro-dilution system
- Supporting chemical analysis laboratory
The key features of our exhaust analysis facilities include:
- Signal Group Analysers in 3 racks with heated sample systems
- Sierra BG-3 particulate mini-tunnel
- AVL 415S smoke meter
The environmental lab is part of the Centre for Low Carbon Research (CLCR) and is home of the bioenergy and bioprocessing research group at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
The suite is divided into three main areas a wet lab/pilot facility a fully equipped analytical suite and a microbiological lab. This newly refurbished facility offers state of the art analysis and testing of environmental samples as well as scientific evaluation of lab scale and pilot scale technologies and processes.
The analytical suite includes a broad range of instruments capable of testing the organic, inorganic and physical composition of samples. We also have instruments to test the
composition and energy content of various fuel types.
The pilot facility is industry led and contains a 600 litre photobioreactor provided by our lead
industrial sponsor Varicon Aqua Solutions Ltd. This is used to evaluate the cultivation of algae and the opportunities for bioremediation and carbon sequestration. A fully automated dosing system and harvesting and extraction system are also included in this facility.
Our microbiological lab is currently used for the evaluation of biogas production from various feedstocks. We have state of the automated biomethane potential testing and we are working closely with major utilities and technology providers assessing feedstock pre-treatments for anaerobic digestion.