Engineering Facilities

Delve into the heart of innovation and explore our state-of-the-art Engineering labs and workshops that empower you to push boundaries. Our facilities drive hands-on learning and groundbreaking research. Take a closer look and witness the future of engineering education and discovery.

[00:00:01] Speaker 1: Hello, my name is Olga. [00:00:02][0.8]

[00:00:02] Speaker 2: And I'm Carlos. [00:00:02][0.3]

[00:00:03] Speaker 1: And we are both Engineering students here at BCU. And today we're going to take you on a tour in Millennium Point to all the engineering facilities. [00:00:10][7.0]

[00:00:11] Speaker 2: Follow us. [00:00:11][0.3]

[00:00:20] Speaker 1: Now we're on ground floor in the electronics lab, and this is where you can build circuits such as this one using these machines, you can control them and power them. So in your first year, you might end up doing a circuit like this, which is just the power on LED. And then you can go on using an oscilloscope to test sequences. [00:00:38][17.9]

[00:00:39] Speaker 2: So now we're going to take you to the souldering lab. Anytime we need to do some soldiering on any type of projects, here is where we do them. Like Olga is doing right now, she is working on the micro mouse and with all the soldering for all the components. [00:00:57][17.8]

[00:01:00] Speaker 1: So this is where all the programming happens, such as coding and schematics and diagrams. All of this you'll be doing in this room. [00:01:08][7.5]

[00:01:12] Speaker 2: Welcome to our mechanical lab. This is where we test different materials on different bays for different applications, for things like their strength, versitility, and depending on which application, we have different machinery for it. [00:01:26][14.2]

[00:01:26] Speaker 1: So we use microscopes to see the internal structures of materials, as you can see here. We do this to find how different structures behave under different conditions. So this is the workshop where we actually have real industrial machines here that are used from some of the parts for the projects we build. [00:01:44][17.7]

[00:01:45] Speaker 2: We do have industrial type machines capable of building engine parts like this one here. We are building a cylinder. [00:01:51][6.1]

[00:01:52] Speaker 1: Like this one here as well. This is a crank used in engines as well. It's really cool that we can use all of this machines just right here in our workshop. [00:02:00][8.0]

[00:02:01] So this is another project that we built, and it's to test your knowledge on everything you've learned. And this is for the ball to stay on track at all times, even in this loop, as you can see here. [00:02:09][8.5]

[00:02:09] This is the common area where you can come to either relax or catch up on your work as there's loads of seats and comfortable sofas. [00:02:19][9.7]

[00:02:26] Speaker 1: So this is a hydraulics lab where you can do very interesting things like 3D printing, earthquake simulator and wind turbines. So these smaller 3D printers I used for reverse engineering and rapid prototyping. We can also use them to repair small things where we would ask students to design whatever parts broke and then we can 3D print it here so they can replace it on their project. In this room we actually have industrial level machines such as a metal 3D printer which can do something like this. [00:02:55][28.6]

[00:02:56] Speaker 2: We also do various simulations here from a hydro station and also as you can see right next to me here, we do have a earthquake simulation running at the minute. [00:03:06][10.3]

[00:03:09] So coming from our hydraulics lab, we are now in our civil lab. We test different types of soil, play around with it and try them out and develop new concrete as for example, here. [00:03:22][12.3]

[00:03:23] Speaker 1: So this is a biomedical lab where we test soils from different areas for pollution and soil health so we know if it's good for farming. [00:03:30][6.6]

[00:03:31] Speaker 2: So we are actually working with big names, big companies like Rivers Trust, and we are trying to develop new solutions for soil health. [00:03:38][7.3]

[00:03:40] Speaker 1: So this is the Formula student lab where we actually built a car that's going to go to Silverstone. [00:03:44][3.3]

[00:03:58] This is our engine test lab where we have an Audi, R8, E-TRON engine. [00:04:02][4.6]

[00:04:03] Speaker 2: We also have a battery simulator in this room. We can actually do real life simulations of our engine, for example, in Silverstone, and see if we can actually complete the track and the times. [00:04:15][11.5]

[00:04:15] Thank you for watching our engineering facilities - I hope you enjoyed. [00:04:18][2.5]

[00:04:18] Speaker 1: To find out more, you can come to one of our Open Days or you can visit the link below. [00:04:18][0.0]

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The College of Engineering provides the perfect setting for practical work with modern day teaching and learning facilities. We pride ourselves on equipping our students with the skill set that they need not only working on industry standard equipment, but having industrial links, which set them up perfectly for a career in engineering.

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CAD and Programming Labs

Our Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Programming labs allow you to create your own 3D designs and simulations and test how they would perform in the real world by applying theoretical loads to them. You can also design and test electronic circuits, generate AI designs and program software for embedded systems (Raspberry Pi and Ardunio). Students have used these facilities for reverse engineering of PlayStations, designing rollercoasters and designing and simulating racing cars.

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Electronics Lab

Our Electronics Lab hosts professional test equipment including oscilloscopes, signal generators, multimeters and power supplies to build and test electronic systems and projects. Previous students have used these facilities to create robots and drones as well as build computers, micro-controllers and wearable tech. Our Electronics Lab is also where our Repair Lab is held, where students can get hands-on repairing broken appliances and gadgets.

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Civil and Bio-Engineering Labs

In these labs, we are interested in exploring how engineering can be applied to improve the built and natural environment, including looking at factors such as sustainable construction materials, recyclability, natural resources (energy, water, land use) and the effects of pollution. Students have looked at developing sustainable concretes, have worked alongside Rivers Trust and looked at how we can get energy from waste materials. You are also able to use our VR system to create virtual worlds, used to build and plan large-scale projects in town and cities. Students have also used these facilities to design air-monitoring systems, soil quality monitors and early warning detectors for natural disasters. Note to look at Innovation Fest 2023 materials for any examples.

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Mechanical and Hydraulics Labs

In these labs you can explore different physical and material properties which help to explain fundamental engineering principles that can be applied across all engineering disciplines. They have a range of test equipment, where you can analyse the performance of the materials in the real world compared to simulated data. It also also has a wind tunnel and destructive testing machine where you can test components to their limit. You are able to explore composite materials such as carbon fibre which is used in Formula One, and look at ways in which it can be made more sustainable by using natural resins that are biodegradable and comparing performance with traditional materials.

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Workshop Space

This is an area containing CNC machinery. These are automated computerised manufacturing machines used to produce parts, typically from metal or wood. There are also benches for assembly work using hand tools and equipment. In this space, you will learn how mechanical systems, such as two-stroke engines, work. Past students have built pneumatic piston engines and motorbikes and worked on household appliances and welding.

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3D Printing Lab

This lab contains machinery used to print 3D components and objects in materials such as resin, plastics and metals (titanium, aluminium and steel). These would typically be parts or assemblies for projects or research. Within half an hour, you can turn a model from a computer screen in to a real, physical model. These could be blades for a turbine or a new aerodynamic design for a racing car or drone that can then be tested in our wind tunnel in the Hydraulics lab.

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Formula Student Lab

Used predominantly by Automotive Engineering students, this lab contains a workshop used to build racing cars and experiment with automotive systems including body electronics, engine management, chassis dynamics. The workshop contains cars that you are able to experiment on with various testing. You can also join the BCU Racing Society, which takes part in the Formula Student challenge every year, where students work on designing and building a car that could be raced at Silverstone.

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Electronic Vehicle (EV) Test Lab

This is a facility for testing electric vehicles, where students can analyse the performance of electric motors and battery systems and understand how these can be optimised and developed – this is essential if you are looking to go into a career in automotive engineering.

GREATER BIRMINGHAM & SOLIHULL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Students across our Engineering and Computing courses automatically become Institute of Technology Learners and can take advantage of the facilities and opportunities provided by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology (GBSIoT).

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